Textured ceilings...

zone4newbyOctober 17, 2012

I am from the East Coast, but building in Minnesota-- we relocated here 7 years ago. Something I've noticed since we moved out here is that textured ceilings are in basically every house. Living out East, I only ever saw textured ceilings in certain styles of houses that were built in the 70s. My husband is from here and he says he thinks of textured ceilings as an upgrade, although he isn't pushing me to have them in our new house.

I'm planning to put smooth ceilings in our new house (like a wall-- our builder thinks I'm nuts, it was hard to explain what I wanted because it is so unusual, apparently), but I'm wondering if I'm missing something-- what is good about having plaster effects on the ceiling?

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Here's a link if you don't know what I mean by "textured ceiling"

Here is a link that might be useful: Drywall textures

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 6:12PM
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Texturing (on walls or ceilings) helps hide defects such as ripply sheetrock, imperfectly taped and floated seams, etc. It's hard enough to get perfectly smooth, flat walls. But getting a perfectly smooth flat ceiling is even more difficult and requires a degree of skill that many builders simply don't have. And since ceilings are typically well lighted and have no furniture throwing shadows any shadows, even subtle variations can be very noticeable. Texturing hides those flaws by giving your eye something else to focus on.

Is a textured ceiling an upgrade? Not in my opinion. If you can find someone with the skill to do a smooth ceiling RIGHT, then that would be what I would want. But if everyone textures ceilings where you're building, then it is probable that no one in the area with the expertise to do smooth ceilings and get them right. In that case, you're probably better off with textured ceilings than untextured ones with lots of visible flaws.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 6:42PM
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Textured ceilings are standard on subdivision homes for the reasons noted above.

I'm sure even such a primitive backwoods as Minnesota harbours a few tradespeople capable of doing Level 4 or 5 drywall finish.

Here is a link that might be useful: Levels of Drywall Finish

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 6:56PM
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Stick with smooth drywall (or veneer plaster (blueboard) if it is offered in your area). Texture is definitely not an upgrade.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 8:54PM
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I am in Iowa and this is definitely a regional thing. I also prefer the look of a smooth ceiling, but it is something that is just not done around here. You will see the same "knockdown" ceiling texture on everything from 1 million dollar plus show homes, to builder spec homes. A true plaster job has not been done on any type of new construction (and is extremely rare in remodels) for the past few decades.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2012 at 10:34PM
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In FL, popcorn is king- Ugghh! Popcorn is the cheapest of the cheap, IMHO. A friend of mine did a nice mud swirl, and it is a beautiful ceiling; definitely an upgrade. Most of the finishes are intended to hide sloppy or uneven ceilings.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 6:53AM
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Must be regional. Here in PA, I have only seen it in older homes. It really doesn't look good, to me. Seems like a good place for cobwebs, and dust to settle.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 10:35AM
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In PA, you could know who plastered the ceiling by the pattern of the texture. The plasterers had their own distinct style!

A textured ceiling collects no more cobwebs than a non-textured one... and dust does not settle 'up'.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 12:40PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Textured ceilings...yuck!

Certainly not an upgrade, and something most buyers try to get rid of ASAP as it just spells "tract construction".

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 1:25PM
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At this very moment I am sitting in a basement in a townhouse in Minnesota...with a smooth drywall ceiling. The townhouse is about 15 years old and I can see the seams where the sheets of drywall meet and the texture isn't 100% perfect. In a perfect world, we would have smooth cove ceilings with a rope plaster trim just below the cove (like the 1920s sorority house I lived in during college), but wasn't willing to pay the premium and settled on the builder's standard knock-down ceilings (not popcorn--yuck).

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 8:46PM
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minneapolisite-- to me "knock down" is a texture, actually I haven't figured out how to distinguish between knock-down and "orange peel". I want my ceilings to be as smooth as a wall.

Aside from my personal preference for smooth ceilings, I'd like a ceiling I could paint with confidence (textured ceiling can fall off when you paint them, and then you need to hire someone to repair the damage).

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 10:46PM
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Wait... I think we have to be talking about two different things here!

The textured ceilings I am talking about could never "fall off when you paint them"... ever.
And the houses I am talking about are not "tract construction" either.

Now I'm confused....

    Bookmark   October 18, 2012 at 11:52PM
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zone4newby, I think you're not understanding what I wrote. The ceiling of this basement that I am sitting in is technically "smooth." But it has a "texture" because the seams aren't very well done.

zone4newby/LuAnn: POPCORN ceiling texture can fall off when you paint it. KNOCK-DOWN does not. I also have no idea what orange peal is. :P

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 11:15AM
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