Lime Plastering in Suffolk
A key part of the Suffolk countryside are the many beautiful listed or period properties finished in lime plaster. Suffolk properties have been rendered in lime plaster render from the later part of the 16th Century and this tradition has continued until today with many new builds now having lime plaster added.
Despite being an old, traditional craft, lime plaster remains one of the most effective ways at protecting a property from the elements such as torrential rain and extreme cold as well as providing draught proofing for the home.
Many properties in East Anglia still retain their lime plaster, and these will need an experienced lime plaster to help keep them in tip top shape. Some properties however have unfortunately over the years had cement render added which will need special care and attention from an experienced lime plasterer to ensure no lasting damage is taken by the timber beams. Cement render removal will expose the timber frames and is a delicate time in the life of the building. If treated incorrectly areas of damp can form which will become a breeding ground for problems such as the dreaded Death Watch Beetle (Xestobium rufovillosum) as well as other forms of nasty visitors such as Longhorn Beetle (Neandra brunnea), Powder Post Beetle (Lyctoxylon dentate) and the Common Furniture Beetle (Anobium punctatum). Special notice also needs to be made if the house has clay lump which needs to be covered as soon as possible as it will be susceptible to rain and frost damage and become brittle.