RESTORATION

Mid West Lime Ltd carry out a comprehensive range of restoration and conservation projects as main contractors or specialist subcontractors on historic buildings and monuments.

We have a large and varied portfolio of successful refurbishments, conversions, and alteration projects which can be seen throughout the Mid West Region. Our wide range of projects is testament to our ability to work with both simple and complex projects thanks to the skill and know-how of our in-house and outside staff.

We offer a full coverage of trades required for the conservation and restoration of historic buildings.

We have been involved in working on many churches, castles, and cathedrals. Our scope of work on such projects ranges from on-going maintenance to a full renovation with turnkey finish. We also carry out consolidation and conservation work to historic ruins and monuments. These works can range from recording masonry, dismantling and rebuilding emergency repairs and consolidation, repointing, and wall head consolidation.

Mid West Lime can offer services ranging from structural repairs of medieval masonry to delicate historic plaster repairs. We can offer our clients a complete turnkey solution for any conservation or restoration project. We can operate as a main contractor or work as a specialist sub-contractor bringing an individual craft to a project.

Our services include the following:

External Lime Rendering

We can offer an extensive choice of finishes for our external renders. The most popular finish is a three-coat dash finish with a two-layer shelter coat applied with or without colour pigments for decoration. We use a variety of mixes for our finish coats. We can match a historic plaster and any historic moldings that already exists on a structure.

Internal Lime plastering

There are many different finishes available for internal walls, some of these would be more traditional to certain types of buildings and from which era the building comes from, be it a cottage or a Georgian style house but in the times we live in today it is really down to the personal preference of the client be it a trowelled smooth finish you are after or a coarse more organic feel to the building we will have a finish to suit any palette.

We can also offer Tadelakt a waterproof polished finish for bathrooms and shower areas as an alternative to tiles, all the products we use are 100% lime-based. We have completed many patch repairs to the plaster as a full re-render is not always necessary.

Conservation of historic ceilings

This is an important service we provide and our team have successfully saved numerous ceilings from destruction.

We can also match and repair any historic decorative plaster work, from cornicing, ceiling roses, arches or whatever is required.

Masonry repointing and repairs

We have completed repointing works on historic structures and ruins from Medieval times right up to more modern structures.

There can be a lot of remedial work involved prior to repointing, this may include window head reinstatement, window reveal repairs, structural crack repairs using Helifix reinforcement, vegetation removal, and grouting.

Stone carving services:

Architectural stone carving, stone replacement on ashlar buildings, stone grafts and indents, stone surface repairs and stone consolidation techniques. We have a vast experience in carrying out structural repairs in masonry construction. With our skilled stone carvers, we can repair or produce any architectural feature in stone.

Consolidation of historic ruins:

We have completed repointing works on historic structures and ruins from Medieval times right up to more modern structures. There can be a lot of remedial work involved prior to repointing, this may include window head reinstatement, window reveal repairs, structural crack repairs using Helifix reinforcement, vegetation removal, and grouting.

Carpentry and Joinery repairs:

We have directly employed carpenters and we also have trusted specialist joinery contractors who carry out refurbishment work for us. Some joinery works we regular completed is stairs refurbishment, window refurbishment and roof repairs.

Limewashing and shelter coats:

Limewash is a traditional decoration layer applied to a lime plaster. Its popularity has declined over the years, but its popularity has been steadily increasing more recently. Along with limewash we offer the option of a shelter coat. The best way to descried this is that it is a hybrid between a plaster and a limewash. It is tougher than limewash and thinner than plaster. Both options can be pigmented to achieve a large colour range.

Carpentry and Joinery repairs:

We have directly employed carpenters and we also have trusted specialist joinery contractors who carry out refurbishment work for us. Some joinery works we regular completed is stairs refurbishment, window refurbishment and roof repairs.

Cleaning of historic fabric:

We offer a specialised Ibix Micro Air abrasive cleaning service and Therma Tech super-heated cleaning service. These techniques are sensitive enough for delicate historic surfaces and will not cause damage to the original surface but can remove graffiti, carbonation residue from air pollution, bitumen, oil, paint and limewash.

Maintenance of traditional structures is vital to its longevity.

Regular maintenance is pre-emptive and can prevent catastrophic repair costs. If a leaking roof goes un notices for a number of years the damage that can be caused to the building fabric can be several multiples of what the maintenance cost would have been to repair a slipped slate.

Midwest Lime carry out ongoing maintenance to many public and private buildings. Thermal upgrades of traditionally built structures is something we have a deep interest in. Traditionally built structures are better thermal performers than the current BER system rates them. With relatively low amounts of wall insulation, attic insulation, window refurbishments, and some other small measures traditionally built structures can perform relatively well.

We only use environmentally sustainable materials that are also breathable and work well with breathable wall construction

Brick repairs:

Brick replacements, brick repairs and all types of brick repointing is carried out by Mid West Lime. We can undertake a full façade restoration of a brick faced building, handling all the scaffold design, permits required and the project management of such a project. Often with these projects the chimneys are repaired and of repointed along with any parapets and window refurbishment. We can carry out all types of brick pointing such as flush and brush pointing, tuck pointing and Irish Wigging.

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