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If you’ve recently had a leak or a plumber come through your home, you may have been left with the unfortunate situation of having one of more holes in your stipple ceiling. And while you feel as though you could probably have done a decent job of repairing a flat ceiling, you’re kind of at a loss when it comes to stipple.
Or maybe you’re not…
Perhaps you’ve seen the aerosol cans of stipple at Home Depot and thought “hey, that’s exactly what I need”. Unfortunately, we’re going to break the news to you. It isn’t exactly what you need. But no need to take our word for it. Feel free to grab a can and spray it on your ceiling. Just make sure your mother in law isn’t coming over for dinner any time soon; she’ll have a field day with this one.
If you do give it a try, keep our number handy. We have respect for anyone willing to try something new. Heck, you might get so frustrated you make another hole in the wall and then call us.
OK, OK. Let’s get serious. If you do tackle this yourself, it is going to be very important that you do a very good job on repairing the drywall and do a great job on the mudding before you even get to the stipple or popcorn ceiling repair. Even though the Mississauga taping company that sprayed the stipple didn’t do 3 coats of mud on the ceiling before the stipple, you should.
Why? – Because a professional taper’s first coat is probably equivalent to your 3rd coat.Sorry. Mudding is not so much a trade as an art form. It takes years of practice to get good at this stuff.
If you do give it a try, follow these steps:
If the stipple was not to your liking, we can scrape that off and respray professionally. If the drywalling was not done properly, we will have to re do the patch properly. Full disclosure: we usually end up re-doing the whole thing. If time is of the essence to you, we recommend just spending the time with your family and give us a call rather than having to put in all that work and pay someone to re-do it.
Does this sound like a sales-pitch? IT’S NOT!
Even we get frustrated with stipple sometimes. It’s VERY tricky.
Many of our clients are shocked when they see the amount of equipment we bring into their homes for “a small patch”. Here's what we bring:
Yup, it’s a lot. But all these are part of a system we’ve refined in order to help our clients through their drywall challenges in the Mississauga area.
You may be wondering what the point of these ceilings are. Who invented them? Why do they continue to show up in new builds, and seeing as they’re so darn difficult to repair, why do we keep installing them?
Well, while we’ve written an article about it, we’ll cover this very briefly here.
Stipple hides deficiencies, minor and major. The sun reveals drywall deficiencies, both major and minor. When a mudding or taping crew is doing a house, they are going fast, and while they are likely very good, there are a lot of other important factors in the environment around them.The biggest one of these being light. If the home was mudded in the winter time, the light may often be lesser than it might in the summer when the sun is shining earlier and longer. The light will also play off the finished floor of a home, different that it would off rough wood, which is all that’s there during the mudding phase of a home. The orientation of a home also comes into play also. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. The mudding crew cannot be in every room of the house during sunrise and sunset to make sure everything looks good.
One the home is sanded and primed, someone will go around with a bright light, intended to try and mimic both the sun and the lighting that might be installed in the different rooms and try to find deficiencies and mark them out for repair. Unfortunately, even the prime check is subject to good and bad lighting.
Now, as you can imagine, builders save hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions by simply spraying stipple on the ceilings and reducing the amount of call-backs that they get from their eventual new homebuyers. This eases the relationship between the builder and the client as well as the relationship between the builder and the mudding contractor.
If you've had recent damage to you popcorn ceilings, or any deficiency whatsoever, give us a call or fill out the form for a same-day quote and an orientation on how we would go about repairing it. We're looking forward to hearing from you.
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