Debunking Damp in Ageing Housing Stock

Damp can be a persistent problem in older properties if not tackled correctly. With much of the UK’s social housing provision coming from the repurposing of older properties. One of the biggest challenges for local authorities and housing associations is finding cost effective ways of keeping damp at bay.

Limelite: Taking Stock of Social Housing Plaster Pains

Social housing is a valuable and sizable component of UK housing stock, providing much-needed shelter to families across the country. However, due to lack of funding compared to the private sector, cost is often a key purchasing trigger when specifying building materials. Plaster is one of the most extensively used materials, yet compromising quality over cost can lead to long term property maintenance issues. Here, Tom Emery, Specification Coordinator for Tarmac’s Limelite range, puts forward the case for alternative plaster use in social housing.

Flooding – Time to Reconsider Plaster Choice?

Flood damage is costing homeowners, local authorities, and landlords hundreds of thousands of pounds a year in repair costs, despite the fact that specifying a more suitable plaster could provide a long-lasting solution for flood risk properties.

The Forgotten Solution: Renovating Plaster

The UK plaster market has been heavily shaped in the last 50 years by the rise in predominance of both gypsum plaster and plasterboard. Quick to install and cheap to buy, they have become the go-to solution for plasterers up and down the country. However, this dominance has led to their perception as a one-size-fits-all solution. As such, they are often used ahead of more appropriate solutions in some commonly occurring situations.

St Pancras Station

Limelite Heritage Mortars and Grouts to help restore St Pancras station buildings to their Victorian splendour.

St Paul’s Cathedral

A monumental restoration project for the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral spanning 15 years and costing £40 million. It was the first comprehensive restoration project that the Cathedral has gone through and this extensive cleaning, repair and renovation programme was one of the largest of its kind ever in the UK.

Limelite plaster renovation to stone built cottage walls

Northants Plastering required plaster that could deliver a traditional appearance to a 200-year-old stone cottage. A lime-based, breathable material being the key requirement. Secondary to the traditional material and performance attributes was the requirement for a fast-drying material. Limelite offered the perfect solution, a lime-based plaster that offers programme efficiencies through fast-drying performance – ready to paint in 24hours.