I am having to remove a perfectly good ceiling of polystyrene ceiling tiles
in a flat as they are not allowed nowadays for let properties.
Presumably the previous owner put them up to cover a less than perfect
ceiling (though maybe not as they are of a nice sculpted design and
actually don't look too bad)
Taking them down will at the least make a mess where the glue is - so is
there a modern replacement tile that could be stuck up where they were but
is not inflamable ?
What about having it reskimmed?
I put up polystyrene ceiling tiles in a room in my parents' house in
early 1970's. This was done because the room was cold, not because of
any damage to ceiling. Room was part of a single floor extension and
the only insulation was foil backed plasterboard, and the outer
strawboard surface. When my parents had it redecorated, the decorator
tried taking a tile down, but as they had been put up properly by me
(fully glued, not just 4 dabs), he said it would be cheaper to take
the ceiling down, which also enabled proper insulation to be put in
above it. In a DIY situation where time isn't money, you might be
able to clean up the existing ceiling enough to just have it reskimmed.
No that's not an option really on cost grounds - it'll probably end up
having polyfilla making good the damage and a coat of paint and not look
anything like as good as it does now, but in the very unlikely event of a
fire the dear tenents will at least not be showered with molten polystyrene.
I'm sorry that sounded sharper than I intended but a polystyrene fire is
a nasty way to die. It's been illegal for years and there has been
plenty of info about that sort of thing. Get a look at flash over fires
in safety videos and see if you feel the same way about it afterwards.
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At no stage have I questioned the need to remove the polystyrene tiles - my
posting was to find if there were alternatives to solve the expected
decorating problem once they were removed.
And yes, I did take offence at your rude reply.
That seems to me a totally unwarranted rudeness in the circumstances. The
reskimming of a ceiling in a room whose decorations, carpets etc are
otherwise in excellent condition is certainly not practical on ecconomic
grounds, whereas pollyfill & paint can be done (with care).
What connection this has with gas appliances I'm not sure however for your
information I have myself passed the ACOPS tests for CORGI registration but
choose to have all my premises certified as required by an independant Corgi
organisation to ensure that there is no conflict of interest where safety is
around GBP150 for about 10 square metres. I guess it could have
been cheaper to have it re-plastered, it would have been the only
option if I hadn't wanted any tiles at all.
If I hadn't done a similar job some years ago, I would have been
discouraged by stockists who told me that no suitable products
were available. They were, after much searching..
Chris J Dixon Nottingham UK
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