Asbestos in Artex | The Facts

Complete Removal

By complete removal we mean taking walls back to brick or stud and ceilings back to the rafters. Removing the artex, plaster and board to be remodelled with a fresh surface.

This method requires sheeting out to contain the dust and it is the most work intensive but it does give you total peace of mind in the knowledge you won’t have any artex containing asbestos in your home when the work is completed.

Boarding over existing finish

This process leaves the textured coating where it is but encapsulates it further by placing new plaster boarding over the existing finish and then skimming the new boards for a smooth finish.

The existing finish has to be broken through to find the spacing of the beams and this presents a contamination hazard, you can’t just jump up on the stepladder and start knocking through without the potential of spreading asbestos fibres everywhere. A risk assessment is required to a plan of work to ensure there is no contamination.

Only a few holes are required to find the spacing of the beams but once found this method gives the best option for minimising contamination and making safe with minimal hazardous waste, however the asbestos is still present in the property.

Skimming over textured coatings

Skimming new plaster over the existing textured coating is another way of eliminating the textured finishes in your home. However, to get a good smooth surface some of the textured coating may need to be scraped off to remove ‘bumpy’ or sharp points from the original application.

Like boarding over this presents the same contamination risk but does so over a larger area. There is also the issue of how well the plaster will bond to the existing surface with examples of plaster dropping where it was assumed the surface was in prime condition.

Removal of textured coatings

More complicated and time consuming than boarding and skimming over but you will remove the asbestos permanently from your home. This process involves using gels and steam to scrape off the textured finish back to the original surface which may not have been in the best condition at the time it was applied.

One of the benefits of using textured coating was its ability to cover uneven walls and ceilings; so removing may mean more work to get a good finish.

This method is messy and will also generate a large amount of hazardous waste which needs to be double bagged and disposed of away from other household and building waste.

Whichever method suits your needs we hope this article will help you ask the right questions before choosing the right team for the job.