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Guest Stuart

Hi,
The flat I've recently bought has polystyrene covings in all the rooms, painted with emulsion. I realise that ceiling tiles are a major safety risk but could you please advise me about just having covings

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I would prefer plaster coving is far easier to put up, I would use tile adhesive to put it up but not the fix an grout type, though it has a longer working time making it easier to manage than the coving adhesive.

Polystyrene coving and all polystyrene products now have an additive to inhibit fire but older product are a fire risk, that said you still have to fix them very carefully and should only use emulsion paint on them. Why add an additional fire risk when plaster coving is much better.

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Sorry Stuart I misread your question and now realise the coving is in situ which makes my previous submission nonsensical.

Because of the amount of polystyrene involved in the coving it is not going to be a major fire hazard especially if it has been fitted correctly and painted with emulsion. However when you decide to decorate you should consider replacing it with plaster coving which I think is aesthetically more pleasing and of course less of a fire risk.

Thanks green-foam for bringing it to my attention.

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On 04/12/2014 at 16:20, Tom Sutton said:

Polystyrene coving and all polystyrene products now have an additive to inhibit fire but older product are a fire risk, that said you still have to fix them very carefully and should only use emulsion paint on them. Why add an additional fire risk when plaster coving is much better.

I found this hread whilst wanting info on coving as want to get some from B&Q - To match the other room the polystyrene stuff matches and the other one does not - I read that you said it has a fire inhibitor in the polystyrene coving.  I asked B&Q about this - They know nothing at all it seems about anythign at all....

Can you tell me please how much of a risk this is - I inherited a hosue I am trying to make nicer, but I am broke so this is not easy lol - So as this coving is quite cheap and would make the bad walls tidier at top I was thinking about it - The opne I will choose is the smallest skinniest one in B&Q.....

I do not know what to do as you saythe polystyrene has a fire inhibitor in it which is good........  But I can find no info on this on any sites etc.

Would love some more info so I can get this redecorating done and over with

Thanks so much

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B&Q just rang me and said it does NOT have a fire inhibitor in it - Not sure if they just do not know though as I askesd them  online and they said they woudl hafta get on to the makers - so how come the store knows when nobody else does - argh

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You can get expanded polystyrene products that  have an additive to inhibit fire and are safer that those that do not, so you need to contact the retailer to see if it does. Although I would not consider it a major fire hazard my advice is to not use it and you should consider using plaster ceiling coving which I think is aesthetically more pleasing and of course less of a fire risk. 

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Thank You

You said ''Because of the amount of polystyrene involved in the coving it is not going to be a major fire hazard especially if it has been fitted correctly and painted with emulsion.''

The coving that is already up on the wall is installed correctly and painted with paint. etc 

I am still awaiting info on the inhibitor and whether or not it is in this coving from B&Q...  Not sure how long that will take...

 

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