Artex is a surface covering with a textured finish. It can be used on walls or ceilings and is widely used for a variety of interior decorating needs. Strictly speaking, Artex is a brand name but is often used to refer to many similar products. Artex became exceptionally popular during the 1970s in Britain, and whilst it is still in use today, its use has begun to decline. Many property owners are thus increasingly looking to remove existing Artex coatings in favour of more modern alternatives.
Furthermore; until around the year 2000, some versions of Artex or Artex-like products used asbestos during the manufacturing process. Even products produced after 2000 may still contain asbestos, although it is less likely. This of course means that Artex coatings could pose a serious health risk to building inhabitants, further deepening the need for some clients to want it removed. Once a client has decided to remove the Artex coating, for aesthetic or health reasons, there are a few methods that can be employed for removal. At Norwich Plasterers, our team will access the site and determine the safest and most cost-effective removal method.
Leave it for the professionals
Whilst there are many DIY options for removing Artex, because of the serious health risks associated with Artex, it is strongly recommended that only those trained in its removal perform the work. In fact; the process of asbestos removal is covered by Control of Asbestos Regulations, and thus on occasion may legally require the use of a licensed contractor for removal, such as Norwich Plasterers. At Norwich Plasterers, our team of experts is fully trained and certified to safely identify Artex and Artex-like coatings that may contain asbestos. Asbestos cannot be easily identified by mere sight or smell due to the fibres being so small. So it’s important that building owners, be they, landlords or occupants, investigate their Artex coating, to know for sure whether or not the Artex coating poses a health risk.
It is possible to use specialised steaming equipment to remove Artex, but it’s time-consuming. If not done correctly, it could also damage the surface beneath the coating in the process. Once the steaming has done its job, the coating can be scraped off using appropriate tools. If that sounds daunting, then let Norwich Plasterers do it for you, giving you peace of mind that the job is being done by experienced technicians. A major issue with Artex removal one should also consider, often ignored by consumers considering Artex removal, is the post-removal disposal. As any removed coating could well contain extremely hazardous materials, it should never be simply discarded along with regular refuse. Norwich Plasterers will not only ensure the safe removal of any coating but guarantee it is disposed of in a responsible manner.
Another method of removing Artex is to use water-based Artex removal products. Whilst this can generally be done quicker and easier than steaming, it still presents certain risks to the underlying surfaces, and indeed the person doing the work if any asbestos within the coating becomes disturbed. Extreme care should be taken during this process, to protect both the surface and the technician. There is no need to worry about the hazardous risk that comes with the removal of Artex products, call us today for quick and painless removal.