We offer Lime plastering which is ideally suited to older buildings such as cottages although can be used on modern buildings too. In a modern building where there isn't any movement, flexing, shrinkage or damp then cement based renders and plasters are fine, however, for older properties which may have many different materials and specifications lime can be more forgiving.
Benefits of Lime Plastering over cement based renders and plasters :
-Lime is breathable allowing moisture to escape where cement based plasters would trap the damp which then needs to escape elsewhere.
-Lime has more flexibility if there is any movement then a cement based plaster will generally crack which if used on an external wall allows water and damp to enter through the crack.
-Lime also has the added benefit of being anti fungal as it's alkaline properties are naturally bacteria repellent.
The only major downside to using lime over cement based plasters is that it takes a lot longer to set and harden than cement based plasters and the time it takes is unpredictable.