Artex Removal from Ceilings and Walls

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Artex Asbestos Removal Cost

We price based on the size of the area of artex to removed. For quote just just us know the area, or dimensions of each rooms room that needs artex removing. Our prices are all inclusive and include an asbestos disposal certificate.

The cost of removing artex depends on the amount of artex there is to remove. To get a quote we need to know the total area in m2 (metres squared).

We can calculate this for you if you have room dimensions but you can also calculate it yourself, see below:

To calculate the area of a ceiling, you should measure the length and width in metres and multiply them together.

For example a room has a length of 3 metres and width of 4 metres. This is 12 metres squared (m2).

For a wall its the height of the wall multiplied by the width of the wall.

If you have 3 ceilings the 3 areas should be added together to give the total area for all 3.

Our team have completed a full “UKATA Practical Site Set Up” training course. We keep to these standards which includes using sheets to cover the room containing asbestos grade material, and where the job is larger, setting up enclosures and using negative air pressure units. All of our team passed the practical tests designed to reduce risk and contamination.

In some instances, we can complete artex ceiling removal jobs the next working day, subject to availability. However, more realistically, and depending on the size of the job, we would expect the typical turnaround time to be 3 – 5 working days, subject to availability.

Artex is a textured coating that was commonly used on ceilings and walls in homes, particularly in the UK, from the 1960s to the 1980s. While it was popular for its decorative and acoustic properties, there are reasons why you might consider getting Artex removed from your ceiling:

  1. Asbestos Concerns: Artex made before the mid-1980s may contain asbestos, which poses serious health risks when it becomes friable (crumbling or easily crumbled). If you suspect that your Artex contains asbestos and it’s damaged or deteriorating, it should be removed by professionals who can handle asbestos safely.
  2. Safety and Health: Even if your Artex doesn’t contain asbestos, it can still pose health hazards if it’s damaged or in poor condition. Cracked or crumbling Artex can release dust particles into the air, which can be harmful if inhaled, especially for individuals with respiratory issues or allergies.
  3. Modern Aesthetics: Artex textures may have fallen out of fashion, and you might prefer a smoother, more modern look for your ceilings. Removing Artex allows you to update the aesthetics of your home to your liking.
  4. Painting Difficulties: The textured surface of Artex can make painting ceilings more challenging. Removing the Artex can result in a smoother surface, making painting easier and providing a more polished finish.
  5. Renovation and Repair: If you plan to renovate or repair your ceiling, it’s often more practical to remove the Artex first. This allows for better access to the underlying structure and can simplify the installation of new materials or repairs.
  6. Fire Safety: In some cases, Artex can reduce the fire resistance of a ceiling. Removing it may be necessary for safety reasons, especially if you’re making other fire safety improvements in your home.
  7. Improved Lighting: Smooth ceilings tend to reflect light better, which can make your space feel brighter and more inviting. Removing Artex can contribute to improved lighting conditions.
  8. Potential Resale Value: If you’re planning to sell your home, potential buyers may view Artex ceilings as a dated feature. Removing it and having a smooth, modern ceiling may enhance the appeal of your property and potentially increase its resale value.

It’s important to note that removing Artex, especially if it contains asbestos, should be done by trained professionals who can safely handle the material and follow all necessary safety regulations. Additionally, local building codes and regulations may dictate specific procedures for Artex removal, so it’s essential to consult with experts and obtain any required permits before starting the removal process.

JS Removals, Artex Ceiling Removal Experts

At JS Removals we pride ourselves on providing a professional Artex ceiling removal service throughout the East Midland area. Indeed, we don’t just stop at ceilings, we can remove Artex, or any other decorative coating, from walls as well.  Just get in touch today and let us take care of removing Artex from your property safely and cost effectively.

Do All Artex Coated Ceilings Contain Asbestos?

The answer to this is very likely, especially as the use of asbestos in construction products and materials was not completely banned until 1999. The popular use of textured coatings such as Artex on surfaces like ceilings and walls had its heyday back in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

In those days Artex was designed to give walls and ceilings a decorative and appealing texture plus increased fire protection too.

How to Tell if my Artex Ceiling contains Asbestos?

From a historical point of view textured coatings such as Artex were very likely to have included asbestos right up to 1984 when it ceased to be used in general production in the UK.  However, it is not safe to assume that an Artex ceiling or wall does not contain asbestos after this date as it wasn’t formally prohibited until 1992 so many imported products still used asbestos in their make up until the complete ban of 1999.

If you’re still unsure, then it is possible to test whether there is asbestos in your Artex ceiling prior to its removal through DIY testing kits or employing a company to test the Artex for you. Many companies provide this service at sensible rates for artex removal.

Is it Safe to Remove Artex Myself?

Officially there is nothing to say that you should not attempt removing an Artex ceiling yourself, however it must be pointed out that anything containing asbestos could pose a threat to your health if it is not handled correctly, asbestos is safest when not disturbed. When disturbed (by its removal) it becomes very hazardous.  The other problem you face is that once you have removed an asbestos Artex ceiling then you can’t simply throw it out with your household rubbish. It must be bagged up in appropriate material and disposed of in an environmentally safe manner at a licensed disposal point.

If this doesn’t sound like something that you want to tackle yourself, and let’s face it who would, don’t worry here at JS Removals we have a fully trained and experienced team ready to remove, bag and dispose of your asbestos ceiling quickly and safely so that you can get on with transforming your home décor.

Artex Removal or Cover it Up?

Because asbestos is only dangerous to health when it is disturbed or damaged there may be some instances where, simply covering up your ceiling or walls that have been Artexed would be the easiest option.  However, that doesn’t remove the potential health hazard, just hides it and you’d need to keep it in mind should any future renovations involve disturbing it. Further, you have an obligation to inform any new owners of its existence which could have a negative impact on any future sales of your property. In the past we’ve found that once customers are aware that asbestos is present then the safest thing to do is to remove and dispose of it so that it can’t give any more headaches in the future.

What We Do

When removing an Artex ceiling or wall the first thing we’ll do is to find out what surface the textured coating is on as this will determine its method of removal.  Before any removal work begins, we will start by sheeting up the room to contain the spread of any harmful particles. We create a negative air pressure enclosure to ensure we keep any contamination to the absolute minimum whilst we remove and bag the textured asbestos ready for collection and safe disposal.  If the Artex is on plasterboard, then we will remove the plasterboard sheets with the Artex still intact where possible.  If it is on a solid base such as brick work or concrete, we will use a gel to remove/melt the textured coating making it easy to remove. Finally, we will use an H Class asbestos vacuum to clean the area up so that it is safe for you to use again after artex removal.

Fully Trained Professional Artex Removal Team

All our team have completed a low grade UKATA asbestos course as well as a practical ‘textured coating area’ set up training course with Asbestos Training Limited. This ensures that you are in a safe pair of hands when it comes to Artex ceiling removal jobs throughout England. Here’s our main Asbestos page for more information about our services.

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