Does Artex contain asbestos?

Asbestos Reinforced Textured Coating (ARTEX) contains Chrysotile (White Asbestos).

Chrysotile is the most common form of asbestos and is the only serpentine asbestos.

Chrysotile is hazardous to human health, as it can cause cancer and other diseases.

Where was Artex used?

Artex ceilings and Artex walls were popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Artex ceilings could be applied on plasterboard, plaster and lathe or concrete.

Artex ceilings can be found in all types of property, from domestic houses to commercial properties.

How can I tell if my Artex ceilings are asbestos

It’s not possible to see asbestos fibres in the Artex with the naked eye.

It would be unlikely to contain asbestos if the textured ceiling was applied in the 1990s or later.

Another indication would be the colour. If it’s orange or grey, it could be plaster, a more modern form of textured coating.

Artex asbestos testing

The only way to know if your Artex ceilings contain asbestos is to have

Artex asbestos testing. To check for asbestos, small samples of the Artex ceilings are taken and are analysed for asbestos fibre.

Asbestos testing is carried out in a laboratory under a microscope by polarised light microscopy (PLM).

Enquire about asbestos testing for your Artex ceilings

If you would like to enquire about asbestos testing for your Artex ceilings or you  need some advice

Call us on 01274 959994 / 07703 203930 / or fill in the contact form with your details and the property address; we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Can my Artex ceilings be Left in Place?

As with all asbestos products, the danger occurs when damaged either by design or by accident.

Sanding or drilling the Artex ceilings will result in asbestos chrysotile fibres being released into the air.

If the Artex ceiling is undamaged, it can be left safely in place. The asbestos chrysotile fibres are firmly bound into the Artex and will not become airborne under normal conditions.