Textured coatings, (often referred to as Artex) were widely used in the UK in the 1970s and 80s. Artex is actually a brand name of Artex Ltd in the UK, however the name was widely used to describe other products by other manufacturers. The popularity of textured coatings prior to asbestos being fully banned in 1999 meant that the finish had been widely used in both commercial and domestic properties.
Until the mid 1980s, asbestos was used in textured coatings to improve strength, however it should be assumed that any coatings known to have been installed up until 1999 should be assumed to contain asbestos fibres as a precaution. Textured coatings to not pose a threat to health if left undisturbed as fibres are only released when in a powdered form such as when a ceiling is sanded or drilled. Textured coatings are usually painted which is a form of encapsulation, offering additional protection. Textured coatings typically contain less than 5% asbestos and Chrysotile was the only fibre to be used which poses the least risk of all types of asbestos.