What is Lime & why use it?
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History of lime
Lime plasters, renders and mortars were common place in Ireland before the mass production and widespread availability of products such as concrete, cement based renders, plasters and chemical paints. Most buildings constructed before c. 1915 incorporate lime mortars and pointing in brick and stonework with lime plasters and lime washes. Lime plastering, rendering and pointing can be found in buildings from high status cathedrals, castles & townhouses to the relatively humble cottages and farms which characterise many rural landscapes.