Lime restoration in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire
I am a craftsman with many years experience of dealing with ancient and historic buildings which include houses and cottages as well as converted barns.
The building materials your period property requires today are exactly the same as those which were available when it was first built. Therefore, it is essential to continue their use.
I know that the stone and mortar-work on an old house is what provides the first impression. For beautifully textured natural stone to retain its lasting appearance it needs a quality natural mortar to keep nature at bay. But when this mortar reaches the end of its life, it needs to be properly removed and professionaly replaced before being painstakingly finished by a craftsman who is adept at sympathetically restoring older properties.
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Choosing someone who fails to understand older properties can have disastrous results.
“Second rate work is easily found, and inappropriate tools and materials are available in abundance”
Natural hydraulic lime mortar – not cement – is what is needed on an older house. It will resist water penetration whilst remaining porous and flexible. It will also ‘wick’ away moisture from a building ensuring it is able to breathe and flex.
In direct contrast, cement is neither flexible nor porous and traps moisture in a wall. The imprisoned moisture results in rising damp and rotten stone.
In the case of repointing, newly mortared joints walls should be brush finished and not trowel finished. This technique makes the grains uniform and creates a protective calcination coat which weatherproofs the mortar until completely hard which takes about a year.
A rustic artisan finish is the end result but this cannot be achieved without the appropriate tools. I have many of these specially made and my array includes hand-cast axes with which to dress stone in addition to specifically adapted trowels which facilitate work on non-standard joints.
If you wish to give your property the finest treatment in order to keep it maintained to its best then please call for a free no obligation written quotation.
Whilst working for you, you will also have the benefit of my knowledge which earned me a lectureship in the further education sector where I taught a number of subjects including building with brick and stone using lime mortar.
I have a degree from the University of Reading and I am asked to tender for work by the National Trust and also building companies who only employ quality tradesmen to work on their restoration projects.
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