Over the past few decades serious damage has been done to our housing stock by the application of hard cement to building soft stone and soft brick. Today we took delivery of a two tonne batch of mature lime putty, destined for projects we are involved in.
The material is a hot lime type, almost identical to that used in medieval times, to build fortifications and houses. The putty is preserved in air-tight tubs, ready for batching on site to create the right lime mortar for our restoration work.
The first job for this batch is the St Mary’s Church South Milford, where 170 year old magnisian limestone walls are to be re-pointed by our team, following structural anchor installation carried out earlier.
Traditional lime pointing is soft, permeable and flexible. It allows old buildings to age with grace, without becoming worn, frost damaged and cracked in the way they do when cement is applied. However, many of the traditional skills needed to use this material have been lost over the years. Brick-Tie technicians have learned these skills, so that they can be preserved, along with our historic and listed buildings.
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