In renovation and conservation work there is the need to understand and analyze the nature of materials used in traditional and older buildings as these are very different from building materials used today. Traditional buildings have solid walls of usually stone and have to be treated very differently from those with a cavity. Modern techniques use’barrier’ methods to prevent damp but traditional buildings need to ‘breathe’ so moisture in the original construction can evaporate from the external stonework or rendering.
There are various types of lime mortar appropriate to the project undertaken. If incorrect modern materials are used to repair or improve traditional buildings this traps moisture and does not allow it to evaporate from the buildings which results in a condition of the plaster and render ‘blowing’and damp areas becoming visable.
Lime Mortar allows buildings to breathe, accommodates movement and has elasticity properties and is exceptionally durable as proven by the many farmhouses, cottages and historical buildings standing after many years and centuries.
All types of lime repairs undertaken including lime rendering, lime pointing and lime washing
External and Internal Plastering
Plastering is an application of sand plaster and lime motar and has flexible and breathing properties. My services include External and Internal Plastering. A diverse range of buildings can be catered for from New Builds, Extensions, Existing Buildings to Period Properties and Barn Conversions. All size jobs are undertaken including repair work and no job is too small.
External and Internal Rendering
Rendering is the application of sand and cement mortar to give either a smooth uniform result or textured finish in order to give a weatherproof outer finish or comestic finish to internal walls
The finish between the layers of stones or bricks. Pointing must prevent water penetration but also allow the building/stonework to breathe. There are essentially two types of pointing lime mortar pointing for solid walls without a cavity – generally buildings pre 1920 – and new buildings and houses with cavity walls where cement mortar is used.
Complete plaster boarding to walls and ceilings or simple small repairs. All types of Plasterboard finishes supplied.
Attaching Plasterboard to stud walls ceilings and brickwork to give a smooth finish ready to decorate. An alternative to replastering but may be given a light skim of plaster to finish.
A waterproof liquid coating or plastic sheet membrane that seals walls or floors and swimming pools
Thin layer of plaster finish smoothed ready to decorate applied to new plaster or existing internal walls
Flood Damage/ Insurance Claims
Quotes given for complete or part repair of flood or water damage to buildings