Asbestos Projects in Scotland

Client: Landlord | Residential Location: Edinburgh, Scotland Surface Area: 20m2

CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE? You can’t tell from simply looking at Artex walls or ceilings whether they contain asbestos – it requires sampling to be completely sure whether the material in your home is safe. Since all forms of asbestos were banned in 1999, asbestos might be part of any building built or refurbished prior to the year 2000. If you are planning on renovating your home or you have maintenance work scheduled, and the Artex is likely to be disturbed in the process, then an asbestos survey should be carried out to know for certain whether it’s present.

The Challenges


If you’ve purchased an older home, you may be met with Artex on the ceilings. It was used internally and externally in properties up until the mid-1980s to create a textured coating and pattern to surfaces.

But what you may not realise is that this previously popular coating used to contain asbestos to strengthen the material, meaning that in certain cases it could pose a health risk to you and your family. So, how do you know if the Artex in your property is safe and what can you do if you believe it to contain asbestos?


No, not all Artex will contain asbestos. It was banned in building products in 1999. During the 1960s, 70s and 80s, most of the Artex available did contain this harmful component, but there were still products that didn’t contain it.

Therefore, without professional sampling and testing, it’s impossible to know whether the Artex in your home contains asbestos. It’s best to assume that there is asbestos present until it’s been tested, just to protect yourself as much as possible.