Michael Power is a lime enthusiast & specialist. A traditional building material used for thousands of years, lime was almost abandoned during the latter part of the twentieth century in favour of mortars & plasters made from cement.
As the practical & aesthetic advantages of using lime (e.g. weather resistance, breathability, durability, flexibilty) became more widely recognised, recent years have witnessed a revival in its appreciation & use. There has also been a growing interest in the use of lime for its environmental benefits - as a sustainable building material (for more detailed information about What is Lime & Why use It, please see article in next section).
Heritage Solid Plastering believes strongly in the enduring relevance of this most traditional
of building materials & wants to help promote the use of lime in sustainable building. Additionally, to help others rediscover its benefits & beauty so it can make a comeback in both the repair of old buildings & in new-build.
Historically, LIMEWASH is one of the oldest & most widely used paints in the world. A thin coating of lime mixed with water can be applied to almost any surface & create a thin protective coating of limestone. Durable, breathable, & highly antiseptic, limewash became the universal coating used to protect buildings of earth and stone throughout the world. In many cultures, limewashing became an annual tradition. Because of the light reflecting qualities of lime, limewashed buildings appear to glow in all types of light & are known to age gracefully.
Please see Image Gallery for many more Lime & Limewash examples from around the world