Lime Plastering & Rendering

Lime is the oldest building technology still commonly used.  It was used extensively by the Romans, and is found in nearly all buildings built before the early 1900's.  It is essential to use lime if you are restoring a building that was originaly constructed with lime.

Most modern building materials are made using portland cement, which is hard, rigid and impervious.  Lime allows a structure to breathe - it is porous, and flexible.  It allows water to escape the building.  Any fine cracks which develop will self heal, as opposed to cement, which just cracks and lets water in.

Building with lime is a process that is simple, yet needs understanding.  Lime is a lovely material to use, it is very forgiving, and inexpensive.  Once you understand the material, and how it works, using it within your home will become a pleasure.

Making a hot lime mortar
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