Do you want to get rid of the Artex on your ceilings? Here's how
If you've just moved into a house built or last renovated in the 1970s or early 1980s, it's possible your ceilings have been coated with Artex, a textured coating that, until the mid-1980s was made with white asbestos to strengthen it.
To find out if your Artex has asbestos in it (assuming you don't know the date when it was applied), you'll need to get a local company to test it.
The asbestos will only pose a threat if it's being sanded - undisturbed, it won't harm you. However, it does make removing of the Artex trickier - you will need to contact a contractor licensed to work on asbestos coatings. The coating, once removed, also has to be disposed of properly.
For advice, contact the Environment Agency or your local environmental health department or look at www.asbestoswatchdog.co.uk.
It's possible that, with or without asbestos, rather than removing it, the contractor you employ will suggest that the Artex be caulked or skimmed over, particularly if the pattern is deep. Of course, this might be a job you can do yourself. Once dry, you can then redecorate.
Or, you can attempt to remove the artex using a chisel and hammer. Lay down dust sheets to contain the falling plaster, and wear protective goggles and a hat to protect yourself from falling debris. If the Artex isn't too textured, you may also be able to remove it using a steam stripper.
Go to the Artex website.
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