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    Covering artex cost


    I have artex ceilings in 3 bedrooms which I would like covered. The house is 1950s, I haven't confirmed if there is asbestos yet. Would I need to check this first?

    Asked by Stacey on 22nd Feb 2021
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    "You can get this tested for peace of mind however the only time I would say it is a must is if there are bits coming off the ceiling or if it is in poor condition and you are exposed to it if it has been disturbed or if you are wanting to remove this fully. If the ceiling is all intact and there is no damage then you can just skim over this. The price depends on the general size of the ceiling. Hope this helps."

    Answered on 22nd Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    Precision Plastering

    "Always check to see if asbestos especially before 2001. You can get kits for as cheap as £10"

    Answered on 18th Mar 2021 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
    A.L Tiling

    "Hi yes it is best to check if it's asbestos but this can still be covered up regardless"

    Answered on 22nd Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    Handyman in a Flash (a trading name of SM4U Lyd)

    "Hi Stacy,

    If you are concerned about the ceiling, if the artex is flaking and coming away and causing airborne particles in the room. It is worth sealing off the room and getting the material checked by a qualified professional.

    Please don't disturb the surface of the artex, just in case there is asbestos present.

    If the material is intact then it is unlikely to cause you any concern.

    Depending on the height/depth of the artex it is likely that the ceiling can be skimmed over whilst the material is in situ, a process that we follow on most artex ceilings and walls.

    The ceiling could be under drawn (where new plaster boards are fixed to the ceiling and a skim coat of plaster provides a new surface read up for decorating in 4 to 5 days.

    The cost of just skimming over, is much more competitive than removing artex or boarding over."

    Answered on 22nd Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    Jb plastering

    "No, you will be ok if it's not disturbed. the best way not to disturb is by skimming a layer of PVA coat on an overboard. Hope this will be helpful ps dust mask would be advised."

    Answered on 22nd Feb 2021 - Member since May 2019 - report
    G WILSON Plastering & Tiling

    "If your thinking of removing the Artex yes. It is cheaper and less hassle over boarding, in some cases, it's possible to skim over to achieve a smooth flat finish."

    Answered on 30th May 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report
    A.M.D. Building & Electrical

    "If you want the artex removed then you will have to have it checked for asbestos but if you want it covered it can have an undercoat of bonding then skim and it will not be disturbed. Hope this answers your question."

    Answered on 22nd Feb 2021 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
    Gareth shearan

    "sugar soap wash the ceilings then grit them before plastering"

    Answered on 15th Jul 2022 - Member since Jul 2022 - report

    "As long as your not removing ceilings and just covering over them be fine."

    Answered on 23rd Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report

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