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Traditional Lime Mortar Pointing

If your building was built prior to the second world war it is highly likely that it was built in lime mortar. This mortar was the mortar of choice for thousands of years until our modern cement became the dominant material in building.

But lime mortar is actually superior in many ways. It breaths, it can take movement and it protects against brick spalling by sacrificing itself rather than the brick. It soaks up water inside the brick into itself because it is very porous, unlike cement, which reduces the chances of frost damage in the winter. This is especially useful on chimneys.

Many historic buildings have had pointing repairs done in cement. This will eventually fail because the cement will seal moisture behind it in the lime bed joints. We can rectify this and replace it with lime mortar just as we have done with thousands upon thousands of linear metres of pointing on historic buildings across the East.

We use natural hydraulic lime 3.5 as advised by Conservation Officers.

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