Popcorn roofs, also called textured roofs, are a sort of roof treatment characterized by a rough surface that resembles popcorn. Popcorn roofs became well-known in private development during the twentieth century because of multiple factors:

  1. Aesthetics: The textured finish helped to hide imperfections in the ceiling surface, such as cracks or unevenness, giving the ceiling a uniform appearance.

  1. Noise Reduction: The texture of popcorn ceilings had acoustic properties that helped to reduce noise, making them a popular choice for apartments, condominiums, and homes with multiple floors.

Despite their popularity, popcorn ceilings fell out of trend in the late 20th century due to changing design trends and concerns about their maintenance and potential risks. 

The Health Risks

Asbestos, a naturally occurring fibrous mineral known for its heat resistance, chemical resistance, flexibility, strength, and durability, was commonly used in popcorn ceiling texture before the 1980s. Due to these qualities, it was widely used in various building materials, including insulation, floor tiles, and popcorn ceilings until its adverse health effects were discovered. It was discovered that asbestos fibers are carcinogenic. The fibers if inhaled can get stuck inside the lungs and cause inflammation and scarring, causing a lung cancer called mesothelioma. Unfortunately, mesothelioma is fatal. Apart from this, asbestos can also cause a chronic lung issue causing a severe breathing issue. 

Identifying Asbestos in Popcorn Ceilings:

Unfortunately, asbestos fibers are not visible to the naked eye, meaning you can't tell if your popcorn ceiling contains asbestos just by looking at it. The only way to confirm the presence of asbestos is through professional testing. Homeowners in Boston with popcorn ceilings in their homes, especially those built before the 1980s, should consider getting them tested for asbestos to ensure their safety.

RidAway is one such professional at asbestos testing and removal. Asbestos guarantees 100% asbestos removal, is state-certified & licensed, and uses Industry safety protection. 

If asbestos insulation is removed, it will need to be replaced. Insulation replacement is usually expensive, but not with RidAway! Through our insulation Mass Save® partner, Neeeco, we'll take care of your asbestos insulation removal. For a limited time, we can insulate your home at 75-100% off the normal cost, giving you a safe, energy-efficient home that will continue to save you money in the form of lower energy bills for years to come. 

Get the best deal for home energy savings with a no-cost home energy assessment and 75% to 100% off insulation.

Protect the health and safety of your family by scheduling asbestos abatement today.