How to Remove Artex

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Artex Removal Guide

Although Artex is a company name in the United Kingdom, it has become a shorthand name for any textured coating. It was most often used on ceilings, although it could be used elsewhere, usually with stippled or swirling patterns. The main advantage of the format is that it allows for a ceiling finish without plastering.

They were particularly popular in the 1960s and 1970s but have fallen out of favour since. Part of the issue is that they have become less fashionable, and aesthetics have changed over the years. However, there is another much more severe problem associated with Artex.

Does My Artex Contain Asbestos?

It is common knowledge that many Artex ceilings contain asbestos. Asbestos is a particularly dangerous material. If inhaled, asbestos may cause lung scarring and increases the chances of developing cancer.

Unfortunately, you cannot identify asbestos by sight or through any identifying odour. The harmful fibres are too small to detect. Therefore, you can only be sure after you have obtained lab results.

However, we have known for decades that asbestos is dangerous and phased out of use. Today, Artex finishing is entirely free of hazardous material. Therefore, your best indicator is the period where the Artex was installed. If the ceiling in question was completed in the early 1980s or earlier, there is a good chance it contains asbestos. Unfortunately, they were a crucial element in the initial Artex installation process. The role of asbestos was to make the coating stiffer so the installer could form patterns more easily.

If your Artex was installed from the mid-1980s until 1999, we do not have a cut and dry answer for you. There may be some asbestos involved, but certainly less than in previous jobs. Therefore, if your ceiling was done before 1999, take the proper precautions.

Your best bet is to contact a professional asbestos removal company to survey your ceiling if you are unsure. In some cases, the local council can advise you on the next steps to take.

How To Remove Artex From Walls & Ceiling

The most important thing to know about removing Artex is that it is unsafe to do so on your own if there is even a chance that it contains asbestos. If there is any risk, don