Lime Plastering and Heritage Lime Plaster Restoration

Why use Lime Plaster / Clay and Lime Plasters/Renders:

Old buildings and properties need permeability as moisture and water vapour can build up inside masonry walls (cavity and 9″ solid walls). Modern cements and plasters can block the passage of moisture evaporating from the substrate which then leads to problems with damp. Grants Plastering are skilled in Lime Plastering and Heritage Lime Plaster Restoration.

Old buildings and properties also expand and contract and can have movement far greater than modern buildings and the use of lime and clays can expand and contract much more significantly than modern cements and plasters, which in turn prevents or reduces cracking to plaster works or rendering works.

Lime plastering and permeable paints can be used to great success when dealing with condensation problems.

Lime Plastering and Heritage Lime Plaster Restoration

Repairs undertaken by Grants plastering ltd to a late Victorian property in London.

Traditional hot lime, aggregates and hair was used for the lime rendering and a traditional hot lime putty finishing plaster was used for the finishing coat, techniques used in Lime Plastering and Heritage Lime Plaster Restoration.

Staff beads were used on the external angles to produce a heritage finish and feel and complemented the room and period of the property well.

Fibrous plaster panels moulds were made in my workshop and were installed as picture rails which matched the original picture rails perfectly.

The last stage of the works was to do the clay painting which really brought the room to life.

 

Heritage Lime Plaster Restoration – Victorian Property

Traditional Lime Plastering and Heritage Lime Plaster Restoration was carried out by Grants Plastering Ltd to this 1880 Victorian property in South East London. Hemp lime was used for the rendering backing coat and it was a matrix of Natural Hydraulic lime ( NHL2 ) and Hemp Shiv, and animal hair. The Hemp lime was used for insulation to the external wall.

Once the hemp lime had fully cured I then used lime putty for the finishing plaster finish. The lime works was then painted in traditional lime wash.

Plaster Restoration – Georgian Property

Grants plastering Ltd carried out the Lime Plastering and Heritage Lime Plaster Restoration works to this late Georgian property in London.

The external facing walls had damp problems because modern materials like cement and Gypsum had been used previously which was trapping moisture in the fabric of the building.

The property can now breathable and the damp issues will slowly dry out over a period of time.

 

Lime Plaster Repairs – Victorian Property

Grants plastering Ltd carried out the heritage Lime Plastering and Heritage Lime Plaster Restoration to this early Victorian property in London.

We replaced the laths with sawn larch and the carried out the plastering works using lime putty mortars and plasters.

Once the lime was cured we painted the plaster works to the ceiling and walks using clay paint.

Lime Plastering and Heritage Lime Plaster Restoration

Grants plastering Ltd carried out the traditional Lime Plastering and Heritage Lime Plaster Restoration works to this early Edwardian house, the materials used for the rendering coat was course sand, hot lime, chalk aggregates and animal hair.

Lime putty was used for the finishing plaster, we then used lime wash for the painting.

The client was very happy with the results.

The client had called Grants plastering ltd as they needed a specialist in Lime Plastering and Heritage Lime Plaster Restoration to rectify an area of original lime plaster that had blown and started to fall away.

Grants plastering ltd repaired the crack in the masonry brick work and then applied a traditional lime backing coat with horse hair in two stages ( scratch coat and then float coat) after the backing coat had fully cured it was then ready for the lime putty finishing coat to be applied.

A three coat system left flat and smooth ready for a permeable paint to be applied.

Breathable and permeable paints are as important as the lime plastering and both traditional painting and traditional solid plastering can be carried out by Grants Plastering Ltd.

The client called Grants Plastering Ltd because there had been a damp issue in the past which had been rectified in previous years but then had a condensation problem which had got trapped behind the wall paper deteriorating the lime plaster.

When I removed some of the lime plaster I found a very bad case of wet rot which also contributed to the deterioration of the plaster work.

The wall was treated with a dry rot/wet rot solution.

The wall known as a frieze above the picture rail then received a lime plaster scratch coat, followed by the lime plaster straightening coat and left to cure.

Once cured the lime backing coat received a lime putty finishing coat.

Once fully cured the plaster will be painted in a permeable paint.

A good example of the skills used in Lime Plastering and Heritage Lime Plaster Restoration.