Lime Plastering

DB Building Conservation are a specialist lime plastering company based in Essex with many years of experience providing lime plaster repairs to historic and listed buildings in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. With a background in historic building conservation all or our conservation work uses traditional materials ensuring the best long-term interests of historic buildings.

What we offer

  • Traditional lime plastering
  • Interior plastering, including lath and plaster walls and ceilings
  • External render
  • Plaster matching, where it is desirable to create a modern plaster that is compatible with surviving historic fabric
  • Patch repairs and conservation of existing plaster
  • A range of different plaster types, including chalk plasters and insulating plaster
  • Wattle and daub repair and reinstatement
  • Installation of wood fibre board as a carrier for lime plaster
  • Limewash and other finishes

Why use lime?

  • It’s the most appropriate plaster for houses dating from the 15th to the 19th centuries
  • Unlike modern plasters, it is vapour permeable and allows the building to breathe. This helps avoid damp and condensation
  • Lime-based material flexes to accommodate the natural movement of older buildings. Unlike rigid materials it can do this without cracking.
  • Lime is an environmentally sustainable material that absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as part of its process of setting
  • It's a beautiful material that creates wonderful living space.

Insulation

Old buildings are often considered harder to heat and keep warm than modern houses. This doesn't have to be the case. There is much that can be done to retrofit insulation to older properties. However, such work needs to be undertaken with an understanding of how traditional buildings perform, and employ materials that will work in harmony with the way these structures regulate moisture.

Failure to do so can lead to condensation, problems with damp and ultimately endanger parts of the building, such as timber frames. We can advise on and fit insulation that will safeguard existing structures and materials and create a warmer and more healthy domestic environment.

As a historic building restoration company we are experienced in the use of a range of insulating plasters, including hemp plaster, wood fibre and sheep's wool insulation.

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