In 1977, the asbestos used in the development of popcorn ceilings was banned; popcorn ceilings themselves were not specifically banned. Popular from the 1950s to the 1980s, the popcorn texture was created by a spray-on or paint treatment to the ceiling surface. However, the “popcorn” texture was created with asbestos so putting the popcorn appearance on ceilings was no longer an option. If you have a popcorn ceiling, it is important to get it tested for asbestos and professionally treated to avoid any problems asbestos may cause.
Manufacturing ceiling textures containing Asbestos such as popcorn ceilings was banned in 1978, but this law did not protect people from poisoning. It was not until the 1980s that installing popcorn ceilings or ceilings containing Asbestos was also banned. This was not banned initially for fear of the economic consequences companies who had stocks of this ceiling material already would face. Therefore, installations of this kind went on for several years until the contaminated materials finally ran out.
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