What Is Artex?

Room that was had Artex

Artex is a surface coating often used for interior decorating purposes. You will usually find it on ceilings, but it can also be found on walls. Artex can be used to add professional-looking patterns and textures to the home. It was a huge trend to have Artex on your ceilings and walls in the 70s and 80s, so it can often be found in slightly older homes. Just some of the Artex styles include knifed plaster, stipple, and swirl. It can also be used to give a bobbly and uneven look all over.

It might sound easy enough to use Artex to create a variety of patterns in the home, but it’s actually a skill and a dying trade – it’s no longer as popular as it was in the 70s and 80s.

How Dangerous Is Artex?

Artex can contain asbestos, which has been linked to lung damage and other diseases. It was added to harden the material, but this also means that many ceilings made from Artex contain asbestos which is dangerous for homeowners to breathe in. However, this is only the case when it is in powder form – like when it is being sanded and removed. When it is hard and undisturbed, it doesn’t cause harm.

It’s important to note that not all Artex contains asbestos – usually, homes built before 2000 will have Artex present that contains asbestos, and any built afterwards will not.

Do I Have To Remove Artex?

You don’t have to remove Artex, as it is not dangerous when undisturbed. However, it may give you peace of mind to know that there’s no asbestos in your home. As the asbestos in Artex is dangerous in powder form, it will often be better for you to contact a professional to get a quote for removal. You will want to make sure you have your Artex tested beforehand to see if it does, in fact, contain asbestos.

How Do I Remove Artex?

Many people choose to sand Artex off, but again, if this contains asbestos it will be dangerous for you and anybody else in your home. It is not advisable you do this yourself without the necessary protective gear, equipment, and clean up afterwards. Having the Artex tested beforehand will give you an idea of how safe you are to proceed. Ignoring warnings is very dangerous.

If you are thinking of removing the Artex because you think your home will be healthier, you may want to reconsider. There is no danger to your health at all providing the Artex is undamaged. The asbestos fibres are not easily released, so you don’t have anything to worry about.

How Do I Plaster Over Artex?

Rather than removing Artex altogether, plastering over it is a more cost and time-effective solution. Prepping the area properly will give you the best possible finish. It is often recommended to get a professional team to do it for you – This way you ensure that the job has been done right. We have helped customers remove Artex before, so contact our team today if you want to find out more.