Textured Coatings Artex Asbestos.

What is Artex made of?

Artex is a trademark of Artex Ltd. The name is often used to refer to similar textured decorative coating made by other manufacturers.

Artex, or textured decorative coating, is a coating used for surfaces in interior decorating, most commonly found on ceilings and walls.

To strengthen it, textured coating, was made with white asbestos until 1984.

It was originally made to paint over and hold the cracks in lath and plaster ceilings together and to stop them cracking further.

It was the preferred material to create a decorative finish to a variety of homes and other buildings.

Artex also boasted heat resistant and sound absorbing properties that made it perfect for a range of uses.

Does all Artex contain asbestos?

Not all Artex contains asbestos.

It is also know as Popcorn ceiling or textured decorative coating.

Asbestos-free Artex was made available in the early 1970s.

It is impossible to know if Artex does or doesn't contain asbestos without having it tested.

Why Did They Use Artex?

In the 1970s, Artex was used extensively as wall and ceiling coverings by homeowners carrying out DIY on their property.

They usually used it to hide older cracked lath & plaster ceilings. Many people mixed it without wearing a face mask.

Unfortunately, asbestos was added to make the material stronger.

It was very popular with DIY enthusiast because no plastering skills were necessary.

How dangerous is it?

When people discover that it could be present in the artex coating in their house, they become concerned about the dangers.

The good news is, if you do not disturb it, it is not a threat.

The most significant risk is not the artex itself but releasing the asbestos fibres into the air.

If the fibres become airborne and you breathe them into the lungs, it can cause fatal diseases.

If you want to work on the artex, you must establish if the artex contains asbestos.

Does all Artex contain asbestos?

Put simply, no.

The UK banned asbestos in building products in 1999. In the '60s, '70s and '80s, most contained asbestos.

Some products on the market were made without asbestos.

The only way to know if your Artex contains asbestos is to have it tested by a UKAS laboratory.

Always presume it does, until you get it tested.

How much asbestos is there in Artex?

The amount of asbestos is relatively low.

Usually, around 3-5% added up to 1984 but old stock may have been used for several more years.

It contains Chrysotile, also known as white asbestos, which was banned in the UK in November 1999.

How dangerous is asbestos Artex?

Asbestos is not a health risk, as long as it is not damaged.

It only becomes a risk to your health when the fibres are released and breathed into your lungs.

What type of contractor can remove Artex?

The removal of Artex can be carried out by a non-licensed contractor.

This doesn't mean it is not a risk.

To carry out this type of work, you need to have the correct level of training.

Control measures are required, such as damping down, the correct PPE and appropriate cleaning and disposal of asbestos waste.

If the textured coating covers other asbestos materials, like an asbestos insulating board (AIB), You will need a licensed contractor.

Can the work be carried without training?

We strongly advise anyone not to work on asbestos unless they have had the appropriate training, even for non-licensed asbestos work.

If you decide to proceed with small amounts of non-licensed work yourself, you need to make sure you wear suitable PPE and follow a safe working procedure.

Download the asbestos task sheets for you to follow to minimise the risk to yourself and other people.