Patching a Ceiling

Things happen around the house at times that can cause damage to a ceiling.  The toilet tank begins to leak, the tub overflows or the roof needs to be repaired because after the ice and snow have melted you notice the water stains on the ceilings.  If you have noticed any type of damage to the ceilings in your house make sure to investigate the root of the problem before you move forward with any patching of the ceiling drywall.

The following tips on patching and how to repair ceilings from damage caused from a water leak stain, that may have cracked or just aged.

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Ceilings come in different textures.  There are those who prefer the flat ceilings, meaning there is no added texture to it other than paint.  Then there is the almost always hated residential design detail of the stippled ceilings.

Most homeowners never really wanted or asked for the textured ceilings when their homes were being built but because they are very cheap to spray onto the ceilings all home builders use it as a quick and inexpensive way to cover the ceiling.  It saves the builders money as there is no need to mud, tape, sand, prime or paint the drywall.

There are three different names used to call textured ceilings but they are all pretty much the same thing.  They are also known as acoustic or popcorn ceilings, splatter or peel, and troweled texture.  The only difference between the three is how they are applied.

The texture to the ceilings is added by either using a paint roller to apply the stipple material creating a popcorn like look and feel or it is sprayed directly onto to the ceiling.

Stipple ceilings or otherwise known as popcorn ceilings are very common in most homes especially for those built before the 1980’s.  Although even today most home builder’s use the textured spray paint ceilings because they are easier and faster to do instead of painting them.  The only up side to having a stippled or textured ceiling is that it can provide a sound proofing barrier.

Stipple can be removed from the ceiling by either covering it with a new sheet of drywall, then mud, tape, sand, prime and paint it.  Although this process can prove to be expensive another alternative to remove it while trying to save money is to scrape it and paint it.  Painting a ceiling is less expensive and you have a look to match the rest of your decor by painting it a shade or two lighter or darker than the wall colour.


How To Tips for Patching a Ceiling

There could be several reasons why a ceiling would need patching other than the simple fact that you want the stippled popcorn texture gone.  Here’s what you need to know when “patching a ceiling“.

Tip 1. Find the Root of the problem

Finding out what the actual root of the problem and damage to the ceiling is from is the first step before starting any patching or repair work.

Issues that may cause the ceiling damage for example would be a water leak from an overflowing bathtub or broken toilet from the upper level of the home.  Water damage to drywall left without repair can create problems of mold.  Simply painting over mold or mildew will not solve the root problem.  At times the experts need to be called in.

You may have noticed there are cracks in the ceiling that could be from the shifting and settling that naturally and normally occurs in all homes, but further investigation to ensure it is not a structural issue may save you money and headache in the end.

Tip 2. Matching the Stipple Texture

When patching and repairing a ceiling with stipple or popcorn sprayed then you will need the proper materials and technique to apply the same amount of textured spray as to make it as least possible to notice that there was any repair done.  Homeowners can do their own repair by purchasing the necessary products, and applying them, but this can sometimes prove to be more difficult than anticipated, therefore one can invest in a home services professional that has the experience with repairing and respraying the texture or removing it and repainting a flat ceiling with fresh paint.

Because ceiling repairs can be tricky especially with the textured stipple and popcorn style, you may want to call upon the expert services of a painting company that provides drywall repairs to ensure the best end result.  They will be able to provide you with the best advice, product and they have the necessary tools and machinery to take the paint out of repairing and repainting the ceilings on your own.

Tip 3. Getting the Right Amount of Sprayed Texture

It can be tricky for a homeowner to do this on their own. Not only will you have to match the texture but how much of the product is applied after patching.  You can do a trial and error run on a piece of old wood before spraying the ceiling giving enough time for the first coat to dry before applying the next.

Tip 4. Hitting the Bull’s Eye Spot on the Ceiling

Targeting the exact spot to spray the textured stipple to the ceiling is like playing darts.  You want to aim for the exact spot.  Failing to cover other areas that don’t need to be sprayed is important, otherwise you will end up with the textured spray in places you didn’t want it to.  Going over and beyond the actual damaged area with overflow of the stipple spray will only put emphasis on  where the repair actually was to begin with.  You want to try and make it as inconspicuous as possible.

You don’t want the repaired area of the ceiling to stand out, so sometimes it’s just easier to call in a who has experience with stipple ceiling repairs and repainting it.

Tip 5. Sanding After Patching

Removing the old texture from the damaged area of the ceiling is the first step.  You will also need to sand the area done before applying the texture properly.  This will help the repair blend in better and be less noticeable.

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