Lath and Plaster
What we do
Traditional plastering such as restoration of lath and plaster ceilings, walls and external lime plastering and render. Working with main contractors/building contractors specialising in heritage and restoration work and owners of period properties.
Common reasons for carrying out lath and plaster repair and restoration work are fire damage, water ingress and the buildings integrity. We have worked on varying sized projects and have the skilled craftsmen to carry out this specialist work.
How we do it
Once assigned a Project Surveyor, we will carry out a site assessment – providing you a report of our findings. We ensure that expert lath craftsmanship is employed across every project – drawing from years of heritage and restoration experience.
How we work and where
After our complimentary site assessment survey, we work with you to understand the projects: objectives, challenges and then offer solutions.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements and how we can assist.
What is lath and plaster?
Traditional timber lath are commonly made from oak or chestnut and fixed by hand. Riven timber is hand split along the grain and is generally stronger, but less flexible than sawn. It also offers a larger surface area and physical key for lime plasters to adhere to, therefore making it more appropriate for ceiling repairs.
Lime plaster is pushed through the spaces and fills the inside of the wall forming keys that hold the plaster in place. The first coat of plaster is left for a minimum of 5 days, depending on the weather conditions, before applying the intermediate coat. 3 coats of plaster are applied in total.
Why use it?
If of historic importance this method is adopted to preserve the fabric of the property. The most important reason however, is it’s ability to absorb noise, deter the spread of fire and stabilize the internal humidity of a building. Traditional lime plaster is also known for its inherent fire resistance, as carbonated lime (lime cured for months) will slows down the spread of fire than traditional drywall.
Lime plastering onto laths allows moisture to be absorbed and released (it’s breathable). When set its extremely hard and its durability ensures it last thousands of years and reduces the risk of cracking.