Lime Plastering, Plaster and Render Services

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Before this century building techniques and materials were very different from those employed today. Traditional properties need to "breathe" to allow moisture inherent in a solid wall construction without a damp proof course to evaporate from the external stonework or render. Many old buildings are constructed from materials such as brick, cob and stone which are relatively porous and often of lower strength. Lime mortars were normally used for bedding and plastering.

Lime mortar is a relatively softer mortar and therefore it is able to withstand a certain amount of movement (without cracking) that comes with settlement and seasonal changes in ground conditions. Lime mortar is porous and allows moisture to evaporate, helping to keep a building free of damp.

The use of modern materials can, in some cases, have an extremely detrimental affect on an older property. For instance, the use of modern mortars & cement can cause damage to the brickwork of a period property as the modern mortar is much stronger & less flexible so any movement can damage the softer original brick. Remember these properties are designed to allow for settlement & movement caused by temperature & seasonal fluctuations.

Also the use of modern plastering & decorating products can effectively 'trap' moisture in the building causing serious damage.
At Booth and Son Restoration we are experienced in the use of traditional products and appreciate the need for materials such as Lime Mortars and Lath & Plaster techniques, as well as Venetian Lime Plaster finishes. It is usually a requirement of Local Authorities and English Heritage that these materials are used to maintain the fabric of the building.

Traditional Builders Lime plaster repairs Lime Rendering

With our specialist preparation and the use of correct materials we can restore your property to its former glory and create a building that will not only stand the test of time, but will also re-create that period 'feel' that modern houses simply cannot match.

Lath and Plaster Ceiling Lime putty plasters offer advantages over cement based mortars and pure gypsum plasters for the internal plastering of traditional properties,especially when decorated with a traditional limewash.

Lime Plasters allows the structure to "breathe",and can accommodate general movement better.
Their self-healing nature reduces cracking problems and can help reduce condensation and moisture retention problems.

As with all lime putty based materials the best outcome requires patience and careful control of drying and suction, the reward being a good looking and long lasting plaster.

The picture above shows a newly restored lath ceiling being re-plastered with a initial coat of haired lime plaster prior to finishing coats being applied.

The picture to the right shows on of our skilled plasterers carefully re-plastering a damaged internal church wall. Historical movement of the wall needed repairs using the Helibeam Structural Repair system which required removing some plastered areas to secure the masonry cracked underneath. The repaired surface was then 'harl' coated and 'scratch' coated with haired lime plaster and subsequent finishing coats - with suitable drying periods allowed between applications.
The completed wall was the limewashed leaving no evidence of the repair.
Church Wall Repair

The images here show work in progress to repair a timber framed building that had been subject to incorrect cement rendering methods.
The structure of the older part of the building is of timber frame and brick infill with lime mortar. This had been cement rendered in an attempt to repair the structure, but this may well have caused more damage.
The timber frame and lime mortar infills are subject to movement from seasonal fluctuations in temperature and moisture. The cement render was effectively trapping moisture and movement of the structure would cause the stronger more rigid cement to damage the brickwork.

The cement render had to be carefully removed, and several of the brick infill sections had to be completely rebuilt because of the damage the cement had caused. The repaired walls were then lime rendered using an initial 'harl' coat followed by subsequent haired lime render coats and a finish coat. 5 coats of limewash were applied to finish and assist in moisture run off.

The structure can now accommodate the movement as it was designed to do without the risk of crumbling away.

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"Restoring The Arch"

A delicate restoration project carried out by Booth and Son Restoration Ltd. as part of a major works at a Grade II* listed building built @ 1757.

Listed buildings officials and English Heritage feared the arch was beyond repair and about to collapse, but we had other ideas...

The video documents some of the methods we deployed to repair the arch. (Clip is designed to look old at the beginning!)


This video shows and example of Booth and Son Restoration Ltd repairing a threatened archway in an 18th century period property (The video is designed to look old at the beginning!)

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