Traditional lime mortars and plasters can be applied to brick, stone or lath backgrounds, are less CO2 intensive to produce than cement or modern plasters, and are more sympathetic to the lime based construction elements of older housing stock. Once restored, we can then finish your walls and ceilings in traditional limewash or distemper. These can be left white or tinted to your specification using a wide range of natural pigments.
Using traditional methods and materials we can consolidate and repair damaged or failed sections of original plasterwork. In addition to reducing the need to remove entire sections of original work to install new materials, such as plasterboard, this approach has the added benefit of not introducing modern plasters and materials into the traditional fabric of the building. By conserving as much of the original materials as possible, and by restoring only that which is damaged, the potential need for future mitigation is reduced.
Modern plasters do not act like traditional plasters. Modern plasters do not allow moisture vapour to pass in and out of the structure of the building. Consequently, introducing them into a building can lead to increased condensation and damp. Modern mortars and plasters also dry very much harder than traditional plasters, thereby increasing the likelihood that, over time, the newly repaired section will separate from the original materials they have been patched into, causing cracks. In some instances, these introduced materials can also cause damage to the substrate or fabric of the building.