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Learn About Lime Mortar & Other Lime Products

What is Lime Mortar?


We have all heard of cement mortar and what it is used for. So what is Lime mortar? Lime mortar was the most used building material before cement was widely introduced to the construction industry. Lime mortars were even used as far back as the Romans and to very good effect, still keeping historic structures standing today.

Which Lime Mortar To Choose?

With so many options to choose from how do you know which lime is best for the job and the easiest to work with? What background suits which mortar and in what way should I apply it?

These are all questions that can be answered when you work with lime mortars consistently and become familiar with their functions.
Have a look at our categories to find out more about individual mortars and their properties.

Why Use Lime Mortar?

The various qualities of lime mortar make it the building material of choice with stone and brickwork construction. Qualities over a modern alternative include:

- Better flexibility in the joints
- No need for expansion joints on large structures
- Better breathability or permeability of moisture through the joints
- Closer natural comparison to the building blocks (stone and bricks)
- Great range of natural colours and textures achieved
- Can be 100% recycled and so can the building materials#

Where To Buy Lime Mortar?

The use of lime mortar is now becoming popular and part of the wider consciousness in modern construction and with historic building restoration. Modern eco-builds and other modern considerations have forced the use of more sympathetic materials like lime mortar. As a result they are becoming available from specialist suppliers which is good news for the restoration profession. When you are purchasing specialist products make sure that you can get specialist advise and help from them as well, especially if you have limited experience with the materials.

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