Do you have an artex ceiling that looks like this?
Depending on your tastes this may not be the look are you after, for most people they have bought an older house and all the ceilings looks like this. In the eighties this pattern on ceilings was very popular and I did do a lot of them, nowadays everyone is after the smooth finish of a plastered ceiling.
Is Plastering over Artex a good idea?
This depends on the condition of your ceiling, if your ceiling is made of chipboard that has got damp the weight of a few coats of plaster is going to add to a potential ceiling collapse, if the condition of your ceiling is good a few extra coats of plaster is not going to be a problem and is often the easiest way to achieve a smooth ceiling finish.
Other options include sanding the artex down. This is very messy but cheaper than plastering over artex. You could do this job yourself with a domestic sander or hire a commercial sander that you hold up on a long pole. This is a very dusty job and you will need a safety mask to prevent you inhaling the artex dust. The finish will satisfactory but you do run the risk of sanding areas to thin and going down to the ceiling.
The final option for a new ceiling is to remove the ceiling completely and replace with new plasterboard, this will then be plastered to a smooth finish.
As with everything it depends on your budget and the level of finish you want.
How much does it cost to plaster over an artex ceiling?
Assuming an average size ceiling of 15ft x 15ft this would take about 5 hours, it would need two bags of skimming and half a tub of pva glue.
Before plastering over artex you need to apply two coats of pva glue. When the second coat is tacky I would then apply a skim coat.
If you are considering plastering over artex and looking for a professional plasterer in Southampton give me a call so I can discuss your options.