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ceiling skim or new?
24-04-2015, 09:41 AM
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ceiling skim or new?
Just moved into a house (age 1930s) and we are looking to get the lounge and dining rooms dodgy artex smoothed. The artex style is popcorn and the rooms are approx 26m2 combined. The dining room has an outline where a chimney once existed. There is also a small (10cm) bubble on the plaster.

I have had a few quotes with vastly different solutions and prices. I'm hoping to get some advice. The quotes also include smoothing an arch between the rooms which is also artex.

Quote 1+2
Skim the ceilings. Skim the arch. Both quotes approx £1200.

Quote 3
We will remove the coving. New ceiling will be put up. £600.

The guy quoting 600 is adamant we shouldn't skim as he thinks it'll not last and likely come down.

Can send pics if required.

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24-04-2015, 11:01 AM (This post was last modified: 24-04-2015 11:02 AM by Librarian.)
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RE: ceiling skim or new?
You need to be a bit careful - Older types of Artex contained a small amount of asbestos. Artex is generally safe as long as it is left alone - it is very hard and is unlikely to produce dust.
If you had the house surveyed before purchase, your surveyor should have identified it. Your local council might be able to help or you can get it surveyed by a specialist to see if it contains asbestos. Generally if you don't touch it, it shouldn't be a problem - so a new ceiling over the top, might be the right decision.

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28-04-2015, 10:48 PM
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RE: ceiling skim or new?
Just do not touch it, as Librarian said - should be fine.
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06-05-2015, 10:22 AM
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RE: ceiling skim or new?
thanks all

went with the new ceiling and have to say it was definitely the right choice. Looks a lot better.
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