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At O’Brien Interiors, we make clear to all our clients just how beneficial working with lime-based products can be. Whilst lime isn’t always suitable for all projects, it’s certainly got its place in most, so we’ve put together a short list of our favourite lime-related facts!

Lime-based construction minimises environmental damage

A great fact to begin with! Lime products are typically much more environmentally friendly than their cement based counterparts, and will ultimately degrade in a far less damaging way. Non-hydraulic lime will eventually return to the same chemical as its primary state and old lime mortar rubble can actually be re-used as part of a new mix!

Give it some time…

The longer that your lime product is given to dry out and set, the more resilient the end result will be. As tempting as it may be, it’s imperative that lime products are given at least two months to settle before they are used. Whilst you can purchase ‘ready-made’ lime, this can be an expensive option, so it’s worth knowing that it is possible to create your own small scale slaking process for your project.

Traditional building materials age well

Whilst the cement revolution has enabled properties to be built exceptionally quickly, these buildings are not built to last and can fall into disrepair very quickly. Lime-based construction is not age proof, but the buildings tend to mature well, accruing character over the years.

Breathability

One of the key selling points of lime products is that they allow buildings to breathe, ultimately reducing the likelihood of damp and condensation further down the line. Lime can be particularly useful in repairing damp impaired older buildings by treating the issue whilst preserving the historical integrity of the property.

Changing your mind

Modern materials such as cement are renowned for their quick setting properties, and whilst this can be useful, it is not always a good thing. The risk is that your project will set before you have achieved your desired result.

The very nature of lime-based products mean that they take longer to set than other materials, allowing time for adjustments, ensuring that the finished result is more likely to be as you imagined or intended.

Our top five lime facts definitely offer a glimpse into the many advantages of working with this traditional and versatile product. This list is by no means exhaustive, but we hope that we’ve managed to convey just how beneficial lime could be to your project!

Neil Etheridge
Simon Morray-Jones Architects Ltd. Bath
Just a quick note to thank you and your team for all your efforts on this highly successful project. It is heartening to work with craftsmen who really care and strive to provide the best product for the client. Your thorough knowledge of lime plaster techniques was illuminating and your advice and suggestions were very much appreciated. I sincerely hope we are able to work with you again in the future.