Textured Coatings

Textured Coatings (for example, Artex and similar non-branded equivalents) is still commonly found in domestic and commercial properties.

It is impossible to tell by looking at these textured coatings, whether asbestos is present and the only way to be certain is to have the material tested.

The cost of testing textured coatings for asbestos presence is £30 plus VAT per sample and we now offer online and telephone payment options for this service.

If you would like to know if there is asbestos present in your textured coated ceiling or wall, please follow the following instructions:

  • Wet the area you wish to sample prior to commencement – you can do this with a sponge or spray
  • Use a decorators breathing mask when sampling
  • Using a thin blade, scrape a small amount of the material into a resealable plastic bag – a sandwich bag is ideal.
  • Only a small amount is required – less than a teaspoon full.
  • Because of the nature of how textured coatings were mixed, repeat this process in two or more areas of the ceiling or roof, placing all of the material in the same bag.
  • Seal the bag and place it inside another sealable plastic bag.
  • Wash the tool used for sampling in running cold water.
  • Add a label to the bag (or inside) containing your name, address, email and telephone number, along with a note of what it is you have sampled (e.g. artex ceiling).
  • Enclose a cheque made payable to Commercial Property Surveys Ltd for £36.00 (inc VAT) or make payment online using any major credit or debit card – this is secure and safe.
  • Send sample and payment or payment receipt to the following address:

Commercial Property Surveys Ltd
Unit 3 Radway Industrial Estate
Radway Road
West Midlands
B90 4NR

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NEW: You can pay for our testing service by telephone. Call 0121 711 7110.

Working With Artex & Other Textured Coatings

Artex is the trade name of a particular textured coating applied to internal and external surfaces from around the late 1960’s onwards. Other textured coatings were and remain available today and of course, no currently available textured coating will contain asbestos.

The asbestos content of these older materials varied depending on how the product was mixed, so in certain cases, a tested sample might not show asbestos being present, but another sample taken just a few feet away, might show large traces of asbestos.

For this reason, we recommend taking your sample from several locations. Only a very small amount of material is required for testing, since asbestos fibres are microscopic.

There is little or no risk of asbestos exposure from textured coatings as long as it is not disturbed and under no circumstances should it be sanded.

There are a few useful publications concerning working with textured coatings on the HSE web site and these can be found by clicking the links below:

Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 – Important Change

Since April 2012, there is a new HSE classification of works called “Notifiable Non-Licensed Works” which can apply if you are planning to remove or work on decorated surface finishes that contain asbestos.

There is a useful flowchart in this document from the HSE that will help you or your contractor to determine whether your planned works are notifiable to the Health & Safety Executive.

Do You Have An Asbestos Register?

Since 2004 it has been a legal requirement for all commercial premises to maintain an asbestos register.

If you not currently have an asbestos register, we will be pleased to provide a quotation on 0121 711 7110