Why use Lime?

Before this century building techniques and materials were very different from those employed today. Traditional properties need to "breathe" to allow moisture inherent in a solid wall construction without a damp proof course to evaporate from the external stonework or render. Many old buildings are constructed from materials such as Oak , Stone, Wychert and Brick which are relatively porous and often of lower strength. Lime putty mortars were normally used for bedding and plastering. Lime mortar is a relatively softer mortar and therefore it is able to withstand a certain amount of movement (without cracking) that comes with settlement and seasonal changes in ground conditions. Lime mortar is porous and allows moisture to evaporate, helping to keep a building free of dampness.