Removing/Covering Artex on ceiling

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  1. JimmyMac

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    Just wondering if anyone has had the artex on their celing removed or replaced, we want to get the lounge and dining room done but have no idea what sort of costs we could be looking at.

    Room dimensions are 5.85 X 3.57 metres for lounge and 3.35 X 2.67 metres for the dining room, so a total of around 30 square metres need doing.
     
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    How old is the artex? Is it a stippled effect or swirls?
    Artex in older houses (do not even need to be that old as can be in houses from 90s) can contain asbestos which can make removal an issue.
    If you have high ceilings then you can just board over it and replaster the ceiling. Another option is to rip the old ceiling down and put up a new one although this is very messy. If the artex does not contain asbestos then can scrap the peaks/high points off and then replaster on that.
    The cost will depend a lot on who does the work. I have done some rooms in my house about the size of your dining room for around £100 but I did all the prep work of knocking the high points off myself. Hence the plaster came into an empty room (with no carpet) and just skimmed the ceiling which took a few hours. If you want them to do the prep work and they need to work around furniture/carpet etc. then you can expect the costs to be a fair bit higher. When doing my kitchen I actually had the ceiling pulled down and put back up. This did not cost a lot more than getting someone to do the prep work and reskim but saved me money on the lighting/wiring etc. since this was much easier with no ceiling in place.
     
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    if its for cosmetic reasons, a plasterer could just skim over the top, or overboard and skim if the ceiling is in poor condition.
     
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    House is only 1998 so shouldn't have to worry about asbestos, its the swirl effect patterns.

    I have heard that plastering over the top is not the best idea as it may not adhere too well, its not high ceilings either so would rather not overboard it
     
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    Got mine plastered last year when I purchased my house and no issues. No boarding. House is 1900s but not quite sure when the Artex went up, last 20 years at least.
     
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    My plasterer basically took the worst of the "stiples" off by scrapping the ceiling, then bonded the ceiling, then the following day basically skimmed/plastered it all. Great job - in his words " as smooth as glass".

    Did 2 ceilings for £200.
     
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    Quite surprised at the prices suggested so far, could be done for £2-300 by the sound of it, thought it would cost a fair amount more than that.

    Might look to get a couple of proper quotes in now then and see what the outcome is, thanks for everyones help!
     
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    We've just had our bedroom re-plastered last weekend with the ceiling included. As mentioned before I just removed the worst with a paint scrapper. the room size is 3 / 3.5 for £220.
     
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    We had the house re wired 2 years ago and had to get a company out to check the asbestos risk before the work could be done - luckily no risk.
    We have only had the kitchen de artexed when we had that done still got the rest of the artex but one day may get it all skimmed over.
     
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    We had all downstairs done a few years back.
    The plasterer did a rough scrape to remove any high spots then skimmed.
    Looks brilliant, like a new ceiling
     
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    Just got a quote, bloke was a cracking guy, quoted me £260 for both rooms, really surprised at that price :D
     

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