Popcorn Ceilings: What You Should Know

You might not be aware of this, but stucco (or popcorn) ceilings are a big time and money saver for home-builders.

Why is this?

Well, for one thing, when a development of 50 homes is going up, things need to move quickly, and costs need to be cut wherever possible. One way that a builder saves time and money on a per home basis is by having the ceilings in most living areas (usually not including kitchens or bathrooms) quickly sprayed with a stucco finish which is done by machine.

This machine finish is fast: one worker can quickly finish multiple rooms in a home that would otherwise take much longer to complete if the specifications for the house called for a smooth finish.

You may not have thought about it, but it does make sense: Many man hours go into finishing ceilings, with multiple coats of compound and then a sanding. This also includes drying time between coats. By simply applying a popcorn textured finish to interior ceilings, this time and material cost is significantly reduced.

It is also much easier to hide imperfections with popcorn ceilings. In a new home with uneven or wavy looking ceilings, a popcorn finish will do a much better job of hiding these imperfections. Additional time would be needed for a drywall finisher to create a smooth finish; this might mean another full coat to hide any wavy areas