(CBS 5) — It’s a feature of older tract homes that you don’t see much of these days. Rebbaz asked this Good Question: What was the purpose of “popcorn” ceilings in the 1950s and 60s?

ANSWER: According to Pleasanton contractor, Jeff Debernardi, the ceilings were used to cut down on reflective noise and to cover up seams and tape marks in wallboard ceilings. The ceilings were usually was made of chalk and wallboard compound, but some mixtures contained asbestos.

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Because of health concerns over asbestos, some homeowners have chosen to remove the ceilings. Debernardi said there are several companies in the bay area that can test for asbestos content.

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