THE ADVANTAGES OF ARTEXING
Your home may be one of the biggest investments that you are likely to make. Therefore, it deserves a stylish decorative treatment of the highest quality. Nothing can match the decorative quality of Artexing for ceilings and walls.
As an Artexing Specialist (also known as a Texturer or Artexer) we can create rich and subtle patterns. There's one to match every decorating scheme - from the flamboyant comb patterns to the very simple 'laced' patterns. A 'Broken leather laced' or 'Broken Swirl Laced' can create a pattern that will complement any other style of decorating; as the 'lacing' of the points ensures that the final finish is smooth and unobtrusive.
Artexing creates a lasting finish that masks cracks or defects in ceilings and walls. You may be pleasantly surprised at the relatively low cost of a textured ceiling. Later, when you feel like a change, you can freshen your textured finish with a new coat of paint creating a whole new look to the room.
Asbestos in Artex
Artex is a trade name (along with Wondertex, Suretex, Newtex, Pebblecoat and Marblecoat ) which has come to be used to describe all thick plaster-like paints that were used to create decorative effects, most commonly on ceilings, but often on walls too. Up until 1984 these decorative paints manufacturers used small amounts (only 3-5%) of Chrysotile white asbestos in Artex. Within the building trade these are referred to as textured coatings and the non-asbestos versions are still used to this day. As you would expect its use is very much dictated by fashion but it was used extensively up until 1980's.
There are no overwhelming safety reasons to remove Artex asbestos. In fact, the opposite is true. The removal process (through scraping) disturbs the material and causes fibre release. Up until 2006 textured coating could only be removed by licensed contractors but this is no longer true. That said it's always best to use a specialist when removing asbestos because they use techniques to prevent fibre release.
More recently new products have become available that allow you to 'plaster' over the textured coating and produce a flat surface. These are certainly the cheapest and safest option but presumably the finish isn't too good (unless you're a plasterer).
Does your Artex contain asbestos?
If your building is more than 25 years old then there is a good chance that your Artex does contain asbestos. The only hard and fast way to find out is to get the material analysed by a specialised laboratory.