Lime is the perfect partner for your stone walls, but it must be applied correctly. It’s pretty straightforward once you have the right skills, and any experienced builder or skilled householder can gain the know-how.
Unfortunately, some builders and homeowners steer away from using lime, usually because there’s a perception it’s hard to use, costly, or because they’ve heard about cases where it has gone wrong. This is usually because it hasn’t been done in the right way. If the wrong type of lime is used, or if it’s not mixed and applied in the right way, it can crack or come away from your walls. There’s also a perception that it’s hard to use or costs a lot. Home owners who are retrofitting old properties have often told us their builder advised against using lime.
The good news is that traditional lime skills are starting to make a come-back in Cumbria – perhaps as more home owners experience the problems that modern materials like cement can cause in older buildings. There are a few firms in the county that specialise in lime and we feel there’s a huge niche for more builders to gain these skills and make older buildings warm, cosy places to live while protecting them for the future.
Suppliers of lime products and lime builders
We’re creating a new supplier directory and it will include suppliers of lime products and specialist lime builders. For now, for lime products in Cumbria we suggest contacting Tim Wells at Eden Hot Lime Mortar.
For specialist lime builders, please contact Chris Morphet at Lake District Lime on 07554 019469.