When your ceiling starts to sag, and you’re starting to hear cracks, you need to take action quickly before it’s too late. If your ceiling doesn’t have much support, you’ll need to call a contractor. You could end up replacing your entire ceiling, and even your whole house if you don’t have enough support to it.
Many homeowners are wondering how they could remove their ceiling without destroying other parts of their house. There are many ways you can remove a ceiling, which are tackled below.
Contact A Professional
A ceiling collapse will cause damage to the entire house. If you have a wooden or composite ceiling, you may be able to fix it yourself, but you will need to call in the professionals if it’s made of metal. You’ll be able to save a lot of money on replacing your entire ceiling, and could even end up saving your life. If you’re planning to perform popcorn ceiling removal, you’ve got to have a background doing it because it’s only applicable for experienced and professional handymen. You need to have skills in plaster mixing and even the application of plaster.
Determine Whether The Frame Is Rusting
If the frame is rusting, you need to remove the rust by sanding and painting the metal part. There are paint rust removers that can be used, but it would probably be better to use a primer prior to applying this type of paint to prevent any damage to the finish. For those who don’t have access to this kind of paint, this can usually be removed through sanding and a primer. If the frame is not rusting, it may be time to remove the old sheetrock as well. It’s best to remove the old sheetrock while it’s still damp so you don’t damage it. Then you should take all of the loose boards down to a height wherein you can easily remove the ceiling panels. You may want to measure the height before removing the old boards because you don’t want to end up replacing them at a different height than what you started at.
Remove The Panels
After the old board removal has been done, you need to get ready to remove the panels.
- You may need to remove the ceiling panel first, depending on how high up the panels were when they were placed in.
- Once the first panel is removed, use a hammer to tap the edges until you can break them off.
- You need to be careful not to damage the actual wood because you will have to replace it if you accidentally break it.
- Take away any of the nails that hold the panel on to the ceiling so you can easily move it down.
Remove The Ceiling Itself
Now you can start to remove the ceiling itself from the frame.
- You can either use a reciprocating saw or power tool for this step, depending on how much work you’re willing to do.
- Make sure you work carefully because you may cause more damage than you are fixing if you take shortcuts, thus making the job harder.
- Once you’ve removed the ceiling, you need to take away the screws that are holding it in place. Again, use caution if you’re using a reciprocating saw or power tool since there’s the possibility of doing too much damage.
- Once you’ve removed the screws, you should have to clean the area around the screws before you continue. You can find a caulk gun or some caulk to help keep moisture from forming around the screw holes.
Smooth Rough Areas
After you’ve cleaned the surface, you can use sandpaper to smooth out any rough areas. Use a sanding block to fill in any sharp edges to make the surface look nice.
- Be careful to sand in small areas, since you don’t want to do too much or else the wood will crack when you sand.
- Don’t scratch any of the wood while you sand because you may need to replace some of the wood after sanding.
- If you plan to replace some of the wood, you may want to choose a color that does not show up as much in the finished ceiling.
Your ceiling can be dangerous if it’s not well maintained. If there are cracks or other problems, this can lead to serious injuries, and it can cause your ceiling to fall through if it doesn’t have the proper support. You can remove your ceiling without damaging other parts of your home by following the steps above. Take time and all of the necessary precautions when repairing or removing your ceiling.