Artex Ceilings

Broken Leather Plaster

Have you had a recent Hombuyer survey that mentions an Artex ceiling? Do you know what it is?

In short, Artex is a trademark, that is often used to refer to a textured surface similar to plaster. The name Artex actually stands for Asbestos Reinforced TEXtured coating.

So why is Artex a problem? Well when you realise what the name Artex stands for you can see that asbestos was added to the product to create a thicker and stronger product.

N.B. It should be noted that Artex still exists today and no longer contains asbestos. However, It is not possible to identify if an Artex ceiling contains asbestos just by looking at it.

It is sensible to assume that any properties with an Artex ceiling prior to 1999 contains asbestos.

If you think you have an Artex coating on your ceiling or are thinking of purchasing a property that does it may only pose a risk if you are planning to have  work done. If you are and the Artex is likely to be disturbed, you should have a refurbishment and demolition asbestos survey done.

There are three main ways that you can manage the presence of Artex:

  • Removal -  Under the guidance or supervision of a trained professional
  • Unibond or apply PVA over the surface and re-plaster
  • Plasterboard over the Artex

Useful resources, some of which can be found in this article, for the control or disposal of asbestos include:

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