Painting Ideas & Tips
  • June 20, 2023
  • Home Renovations

Popcorn Ceiling Removal Cost

Popcorn ceilings were very popular decades ago. However, if you want to improve your room’s look and aesthetics, you should opt for popcorn ceiling removal. The cost involved in this process is relatively low than levelling the ceiling. If the space is small, we can do it by taking the necessary precautions and minimal tools. If the space is bigger, then it is advisable to consult a professional for popcorn ceiling removal. This article will give you an idea about popcorn ceiling removal cost.

Why is Popcorn Ceiling Bad For You?

There are several reasons why popcorn ceiling is bad for you.

  • They are not resistant to water and cannot be chosen for bathrooms.
  • They used to contain asbestos which is dangerous for us. Later the ceilings are made asbestos free by Clean Air Act.
  • Popcorn ceilings don’t allow light to reflect more, causing harsh shadows.
  • They disintegrate over time and fall out as scales.
  • Discolour over time and create a dull appearance
  • Attracts dust and cobwebs easily.

Major Cost Factors to Consider

Several factors affect the cost. It depends on the type, the height of the ceiling, the size of the area, labour, and materials used. The price increases depending on the difficulty of finishing the process.

1. Size

Your project’s total size greatly impacts how much you must pay for popcorn ceiling removal. Professionals in your area who remove popcorn ceilings frequently charge $1 to $2 per square foot or $15 to $40 per hour. A project of 500 square feet might cost between $300 and $750. Popcorn ceiling removal normally costs $900 to $2,840 for a one-story residence.

2. Complexity

The already-painted ceilings are tough to remove and require time. The ceilings which contain lead and asbestos must be removed very carefully. So, the cost will differ depending on the challenges and equipment required because high ceilings need taller ladders and more preparation work.

3. Materials Required

Suppose you are planning to hire a professional popcorn ceiling removal expert. In that case, you have to plan according to the necessary materials they bring along with them, which may include texture, paint, ceiling tiles, and also labour costs. If you do it by yourself, minimal tools will be required, like sandpaper, a ladder, a spray bottle, etc.

4. Preparation

The initial step for popcorn ceiling removal would include testing for asbestos if your ceiling was applied before 1980. So Special care is to be taken while removing the ceiling, and an asbestos test can cost you around $100 – $150. Later you must remove as much furniture as possible to keep them clean and avoid dust falling on them. After the space is clear and free for work, we need to cover it with drop cloths which can be labour inclusive.

5. Labor

Depending on the size of your room and the condition of the popcorn ceiling, the labour cost can vary from $15 – $50, which includes preparation, scraping, debris removal, and cleaning at the end of the project.

6. Disposal of Debris

Disposal of debris is the final step in popcorn ceiling removal. If the debris waste contains no harmful substances, you can put it out with your regular trash. If your space is up to 500 sqft, then the professional may charge around $130 – $200 for its disposal, and you have to pay more if the debris has lead paint or asbestos.

Extra Costs to Consider

Asbestos Removal

The asbestos’s size, quantity, and location will all affect the price of asbestos removal. The typical price per square foot for asbestos removal is between $5 and $25. To complete this project, we advise engaging a local asbestos removal specialist. Besides the remediation fee, additional labour fees range from $75 to $250 per hour.


Once your popcorn ceiling is removed, you must apply the paint of your choice. For this, you need to pay extra charges for the paint and labour.


People always try to save money by doing the job by themselves because professionals charge more compared to the cost involved while doing it by themselves. However, the Popcorn ceiling is a challenging process that takes time and energy. We have vast experience in renovation and painting services at Executive Touch Painters. We provide popcorn ceiling removal services at affordable prices. Contact us at (416) 410 – 0164. Or book an online appointment for a free estimation.