One of the most important materials used in historic buildings is lime. It not only has the ability to accommodate minor movement, but more importantly allows a building to breathe. By facilitating the path of moisture, it helps prevent dampness forming on the internal surfaces of buildings. Often lime renders and traditional floors have been repaired/replaced using modern cement mortars. These often restrict and inhibit the breathability of a building and result in a build-up of moisture on internal surfaces. This can cause long term dampness that not only damages internal surfaces but also affects the health of the building’s occupants.
We offer a range of services that help maintain the breathability of external renders and floors, therefore keeping the internal space of a building in a stable condition. Our services include:
- Removal and replacement of cement renders;
- Rendering of external surfaces using NHL and hydraulic limes;
- Removal of concrete sub-floors;
- Design and installation of new lime floors and screeds;
- Repairs to wattle and daub;
- Surveys and production of method statements for listed building consent.