Social Housing


With much of the UK’s social housing consisting of older stock and single skin properties, recurring damp and mould are a persistent problem when it comes to maintenance and repair.

Gypsum based plasters absorb and trap moisture, meaning that walls must be left to dry before any maintenance is undertaken.

With the average drying time of a solid substrate being 25mm per month it can be months before plaster can be applied, adding considerable time and cost for local authorities and unnecessary inconvenience for tenants.

Free White Paper

Plastering over the cracks in the UK’s social housing market A report on plaster use throughout the social housing sector by Tarmac’s Limelite division

This report has been produced for use by social housing procurement teams to support maintenance budgeting and start the conversation around best plaster choices.

Firstly, the white paper provides an overview of the social housing rental sector and the strain being placed on the sector’s ageing building fabric. From there, it looks at the negative characteristics of gypsum-based plaster, which is often the go-to building product of choice for social housing. Furthermore, the common misconceptions and benefits of using renovating plaster in ageing housing stock is also explored.

Download this white paper to understand:

  • The damaging impact of specifying gypsum-based plasters in social house
  • The benefits of lime and cement-based renovating plasters for local authorities, housing associations, and ageing housing stock

Download the white paper here 

Limelite Whitepaper

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