There was a time when British homeowners were absolutely crazy for Artex. It is not too difficult to see why, in retrospect: Artex offers a relatively simple way to decorate walls and ceilings with elaborate patterns. It can help to give a home a regal and artistic feel, while also providing homeowners with an easy way to cover up bumps and other imperfections.
Nowadays, the only time you will usually hear the word ‘Artex’ is when a person is inquiring about having it removed. As a decorative choice it is seen as far more popular with the elderly and when it comes to trying to sell a house Artex can be a major put off for potential buyers.When it comes to Artexing a ceiling, whether you want to have it installed or removed, it will be important to have the work done by an experienced local plasterer. This is simply because working with Artex tends to create a great deal of mess, while installing it in a pattern takes a well practiced hand. A professional will also be far used to dealing with one of the biggest problems associated with Artex: Asbestos.
Before we get started it is worth mentioning that even if you happen to like Artex, it is not currently popular as a home feature. When the time comes to sell your property, you may find that the Artex could put off potential buyers or even devalue your property. You should also know going forward that Artex can be extremely tricky to remove; most people settle for having a plasterer plaster over it.
Of course, Artex still has a great deal of decorative potential. It can be installed in a wide variety of patterns, from subtle designs to elaborate swirls and shells. It is worth taking the time to look at your different options and decide which will work best in your home.
As we mentioned earlier, working with Artex can be very messy. When it comes to actually Artexing your ceiling, it will be best to have the work done by an experienced local plasterer. When speaking to candidates, be sure to ask about their past projects; ideally, they will be able to show pictures of Artexing work that they have done in the past, which you can use to gauge the quality of their work.
If you want to have Artex removed from your ceiling, it is important to think cautiously. Start by checking the age of your property; if it was built before the mid-1980s, there is a chance that the walls may contain asbestos, which can be deadly. Depending on the age of your property, you should definitely book an asbestos survey and, if necessary, an asbestos removal service before you start thinking about your Artex.
As for removing the Artex itself, you have a few different options. Many homeowners have used steamers or store-bought water-based solvents, both of which soften Artex so that it can be easily scraped away.
Once again, this kind of work can be extremely messy. If you choose to do it yourself, make sure that you cover your floor and furniture with protective sheets before you get started. Alternatively, you could have a plasterer apply new plaster over the Artex, leaving a smooth surface.