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    Polystyrene ceiling tiles...

    Hey People,

    I am redecorating my property which I am renting out. However during the process I started painting those hideous tiles with white paint...which has made it look better.

    Now I have been told the insurance company do not cover these if someting drastic happened e.g. as these are a fire hazard.

    I spent 4 hours painting the whole ceiling and now have just been advised by a friend to remove them!

    Do I have to and also if I do I guess the adhesive will need to be removed and then reskimmed?

    Thanks

    8 Comments

    If there is a fire the tiles will melt and rain down molten plastic on those unfortunate enough to be in the room.

    Not sure what the rules are for rented properties, but for the sake of safety, REMOVE THEM, PLEASE!

    (Could you live with yourself knowing that for a few hours work you could have saved someone from hideous injuries or even death?)

    cis_groupie;2335681

    If there is a fire the tiles will melt and rain down molten plastic on … If there is a fire the tiles will melt and rain down molten plastic on those unfortunate enough to be in the room.Not sure what the rules are for rented properties, but for the sake of safety, REMOVE THEM, PLEASE!(Could you live with yourself knowing that for a few hours work you could have saved someone from hideous injuries or even death?)



    Additional risk is that if they go on fire they emit extremely toxic fumes! Not the best thing to have..Sorry

    Chances are that the glue from the tiles will leave a mess behind. Still, better than a fire hazard. It's not just flammability with these tiles, they give off poisonous fumes when burning.
    You'll need to re-skim the ceiling - or artex? -or plastic interlocking panels perhaps?

    Original Poster

    Ok Ok...Jeez calm down...:)


    I personally thought this ..but thought I should ask around as if they are afire risk why do many shops sell them e.g. coving, tiles

    These should be taken off, depending on how lazy the fitter of these was depends how easy they will come off they maye be held up by a dot of adhesive in each corner of the tile, if so scrape all the tiles off and use a wallpaper stripper steamer thingy over the blobs of adhesive and they will come off, or if your unlucky then they are glued up properly with a full layer of adhesive covering each tile which is a much much much harder job and would prob need the ceilung reskimming after soz. Attack one and see

    Clear the ceiling and use polyfil mix - a mix that smoothens walls and ceilings and then paper it - wonderful finish when done properly :thumbsup:

    http://www.polycell.co.uk/products/images/finishingskimpolyfilla.jpg

    Ok Ok...Jeez calm down..



    I AM CALM!!!!!:giggle:

    Sorry, but as you can guess from the posts here, you've touched a nerve with this subject - if you ever get to see a Fire Service training film showing what happens you'd understand.

    Shops still sell them because it's not against the law for me to install them in my own house - I can put my family & guests at risk but not lodgers. Crazy, huh?

    cis_groupie;2336388

    Shops still sell them because it's not against the law for me to install … Shops still sell them because it's not against the law for me to install them in my own house - I can put my family & guests at risk but not lodgers. Crazy, huh?



    That's because they're not actually standard polystyrene, they have a fire retardant added to the mix. Then there's poly insulation slabs, SIP panels.....
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