Traditional Lime Plastering and Render
The use of lime in building goes back over a number of centuries, predating all the cement based alternatives that have been available to homeowners over the last 60 years. Traditional uses of lime include lime renders, lime mortar, lime plaster and limewashes. Today lime applications are predominantly used in historical properties that invariably don’t have damp courses or cavities. The permeable nature of lime enables buildings to ‘breathe’, allowing moisture to move through the structure before evaporating, rather than creating moisture build ups and damp problems associated with modern cement based materials.
Sadly many period properties have had these cement based materials used on them and as a result many are experiencing the damp problems described above. Restoration work on old or period properties often involves the removal of cracked cement based render and pointing, and replacing it with lime mortar and render.