Why Use Limelite?
The essential plaster for restoration and repairs
Older houses rarely feature the levels of insulation and damp proofing we take for granted today, so damp walls and recurring mould growth is often a problem.
That’s why Limelite is the clear choice in repair and restoration projects. Because Limelite is breathable it enables damp properties to dry out by allowing moisture movement through the fabric of the walls.
This means you don’t have to wait for the substrate to dry out before plastering it as you would with a Gypsum based plaster. And because Limelite has just a 24-hour drying time you can in most cases decorate your newly plastered walls the following day.
The superior workability of Limelite products means they can be applied to any sound substrate as easily as conventional plasters. They can even be used on timber and lath walls, which still crop up in refurbishments after existing plaster layers have been hacked away.
The trend for transforming disused mills and warehouses into offices and apartments sums up perfectly the value of traditional architecture in the modern age.
Going hand in hand with the principle of repurposing these landmark buildings, products such as Limelite Renovating Plaster and Whitewall One Coat Plaster allow developers to create interiors that are sympathetic to the building fabric while protecting it from damp and mould, while increasing the insulation values of properties.
Few buildings dating back to the industrial revolution have any damp proofing provision, therefore a breathable plaster is essential to prevent trapped moisture and reduce corrosion in embedded metal fixtures such as window frames, columns and beams.
Limelite Renovating Plaster is easier on today’s contractor too, offering a reduced bulk density that’s easy to work with and dries within just 24 hours, saving considerable time compared to traditional lime plasters and even modern Gypsum based plasters.
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.
Limelite can be applied directly to damp internal walls immediately. Its breathability allows moisture to escape and substrate to dry out naturally. This reduces the risk of mould and corrosion to metal fixtures within the walls and cuts project timelines dramatically.
Flood remediation and protection
Another important advantage of Limelite over gypsum based products is its resistance to recurring damp and water ingress.
This makes it well suited to properties in flood risk areas, where immersion will quickly degrade conventional plaster coatings and, with the recent sharp rise in flood events, create a costly cycle of restoration and repair.
By using Limelite Renovating Plaster you can be confident that a flooded property can be rapidly returned to service with no need to re-plaster unless severely damaged. In addition the inherent sulphate resistance of Limelite Renovating Plaster combined with Easy Bond helps control surface efflorescence after decoration.
In summary, repairing a flooded property with Limelite is quicker and delivers a considerably more cost effective programme of works.
Technical & Specification Support
The Limelite range is a specialist construction products brand of Tarmac with a proven track record of meeting specifiers’ needs with bagged, pre-blended and bespoke product mixes.
With a nationwide network of distributors, availability of Limelite products is excellent. All formulations are manufactured in accordance with BS EN ISO 9001:2008 procedures and carry environmental certification to BS EN ISO 14001.
Limelite Renovating Plaster and Limelite High Impact Finishing Plaster are certified by the BBA as an approved system for use after the installation of a DPC.
For technical support and more advice on choosing a Limelite product for your project, contact our Technical