A family run business in Kent : Quality fibrous plaster and external cast stone mouldings since 1976

Heritage Lime Plastering

Kent lime plaster specialists Plasterite Mouldings is one of the leading heritage plasterwork companies in the southeast of England. From decorative and fibrous mouldings to timber lathing and the application of traditional lime plasters, our knowledge and experience has been passed down through the years from 1976 when the company started to the present day.

We pride ourselves on being able to complete both large and small heritage lime projects to a high standard, giving guidance, assessment and delivery of lime plastering services to owners and occupiers of period and listed buildings.

There can often be some confusion and common misconceptions about lime plastering, which materials to use, what binders are correct, and what surface dressing to apply. If you are at all unsure, we are available to discuss your property and requirements.

Traditional Lime Plasterers

Plasterite operates in the Kent, Surrey, Sussex and southern Greater London areas. We have traditional lime plasterers available to apply and restore three-coat lime plaster walls and ceilings across the southeast.

Lime plaster usually consists of one part lime to two and a half parts coarse sharp sand with a binder consisting of goat or horsehair. The application of 3 coat lime consists of a scratch coat, then a float coat, both typically around 10mm in thickness, then a finish coat which is a skim of plaster around 4mm thick. The visible surface can be finished using techniques to apply a rough or smooth texture, and the use of a limewash can add some colour.

Each coat requires time to dry, which varies according to the time of year and prevailing conditions, so allow time and plan accordingly for the best results.

Benefits of lime plaster

Lime plaster can offer some advantages over cement-based mortars and gypsum plasters for the plastering of traditional properties.

  • Lime retains some flexibility so can accommodate a little movement in the building. It can also be self-healing reducing cracking.
  • Lime is also hygroscopic so allows the property to absorb moisture and reduce the accumulation of condensation and damp. It will also allow the building structure to ‘breathe’.

Internal lime plastering

There are several approaches to heritage plastering based on the substrate. Examples of internal lime plastering applications include:

  • Three coat lime plaster to masonry such as brick, stone, flint or cob.
  • Three coat lime plaster over timber laths – also referred to as lath and plaster.

For heritage lath and plaster applications we typically use Oak or Chestnut hand riven laths, but sawn laths and lathing made of other woods are also available.

All lime plaster finishes can be accommodated for – smooth trowelled, sponged, rough etc. As our traditional lime plasterers are skilled craftsmen, we always work towards providing an authentic conclusion.

External Lime Plastering

Our plasterers can apply traditional lime plaster to external surfaces, including the use of traditional render over timber, masonry or stonework. As with internal work all types of finishes can be accommodated i.e. medium sponged finish, rough sponged rustic finish, smooth trowelled finish etc.

Traditional lime plastering in Kent

If you are looking for a traditional lime plastering company for Kent or London then please get in touch. We work with homeowners and building contractors alike to provide a friendly and efficient service. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Call us now on 01732 780501 or email: sales@plasterite.co.uk
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