Lime renders are traditionally applied to protect walls built with rubble stone, brick, cob etc. We can offer a wide range of finishes to suit your needs.
EXTERNAL lime RENDER
Roughcast - this is traditionally the most common finish and due its large surface area it weathers better than smooth render because it dries out quicker. We can achieve many different types of roughcast by either applying it by, hand casting or by machine harling and by using different grit sizes in the aggregate or by using hydraulic or lime putty. On cottages, farm buildings, castles, churches or on most stone structures two to three machine harled coats is all that might be needed to protect your building.
Float or smooth finish - is more often seen on more prestigious buildings and became popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Ashlar lines can be scribed into the mortar to achieve that effect, the walls have to be straight for these types of building and may take many coats to achieve desired finish.
INTERNAL lime RENDERS
- Float as explained above.
- Setting stuff - this is a much more polished finish, the backing coats have to be straight to achieve best results.
- Lime gauged - this is used for much finer finishes especially in decorative work.
- Hemp can be used to insulate your building and in itself is a pleasing finish but often has a floated coat finish. At least 75mm of hemp and lime is needed to achieve best results. Gutex board are also a good choice for insulating and work well with lime mortars.
- Polished plaster - this is using lime based marmarino to achieve a very high polished effect. It suits feature walls or display areas such as alcoves and fireplaces and even bathrooms.
DECORATIVE PLASTER WORK
- Fire place surrounds
- Door and window surrounds
- Chimney caps
- Dodo rails
- Rolled arris
- Plinths and quoin stone
Why rerender? Often a complete rerender isn’t necessary if it is only sections of the wall that is damaged we can find a mortar to match the existing work. With careful intervention and various different techniques to suit each case we may be able to save thousands on cost of repairing your building.
Patch repair can basically be done on any render finish.
- Lathed ceilings can be tied up and grouted or only sections removed and replaced with riven lathe and a suitable mortar to match existing.
- Grouting techniques can stabilize walls and cracks in render.
- Insitu repairs to decorative details, cornices etc. to match existing work, done with running moulds.
- External roughcast and float finishes.
Sacrificial coats and lime washes.
- Lime washes are generally made with lime putty or air limes.
- For sacrificial coats we use hydraulic lime. It is a good idea if the budget can be stretched to do either one of these externally especially if the finished work is not to be painted as it is a cheap and effective way to protect your render, pigments can be added to either finish,these are also a good way of harmonising the building if the new render is beside existing or a patch repair job has being done.
Protecting work is vital in lime work both during and after work is completed, and we incorporate different methods to insure every job we do is a success.