I have just purchsed a 1910 Victorian Terraced House. Throughout there is a real mix of plaster walls, papered walls & ceilings, artex walls & ceilings. The ceilings are the old Lath and Plaster kind, although they appear to be in good condition, the paper over them is peeling off and I want to tidy these up. I want however a quick solution with minimal mess. If I go down the road of overboarding, will this create dangerous loading on the joists?
In addition to the artex walls, which are heavily stippled, is sanding, sealing and skimming an option, or is just removing skirting, coving, and fireplace surround and plasterboarding floor to ceiling over the existing walls an option?
Hi Matthew Emms,
as long as your joist are sound and in good condition, over boarding ok. How old is the property and when was it last decorated? I ask because you have to be careful with artex it used to contain asbestos and sanding down not recomended.
The property dates back to 1915. Unclear as to when the artex was done. It appears to be in pretty condition, no cracks, very solid etc. Would it be best to get someone in to confirm if asbestos is present? Is so, who would be best placed to do this for me? Worst case scenario, it is asbestos ridden, what will this mean? Assume it means I will need to engage specailists contractors for removal? Is overboarding floor to ceiling over this artex an option worth considering, I know best to leave asbestos well alone if possible.