We start by raking out the existing mortar by means of a fine cutter (which oscillates rather than cuts) thus causing less vibration than a hammer and chisel and reduces the chance of damage to the fabric of the building.
We do use a 115mm grinder in some cases when a building has been pointed in a strong mix of sand and cement. Our tradesmen are competent and very careful when using this method. The next step is to clean down the building by means of a low pressure jet wash to eliminate the mixing of dust with the lime mortar thus stopping shrinkage to the lime mortar.
We then mix our lime mortar to a colour to match existing or to a colour of your specification. We use natural hydraulic lime of a grade to be sympathetic to the background material and weather conditions in the area of your building i.e. coastal or severe weather changing locations.
We then apply the mortar with a gauged pointing tool or finger trowel depending on the finish required. When the mortar has begun to set we either brush finish or tamp finish with a stipple brush.
We have been asked to paint strip using the peel-away system to several properties now and this seems very popular. It seems after we have done one house in a street we are asked to do more. People seem to have the urge to restore their homes to their original look and we agree that it improves the look immensely.
Bringing back the original colour and to show the grain in natural stone really brings a home back to life and gives them character. I have uploaded some pictures in my albums, take a look and see the difference for yourself. I will update these in due course.
Fleetwood market is one of our larger contracts to date. This grade 2 listed building had full repointing, lime mortar repairs, stone replacements and cleaning by high pressure wash only (no chemicals). The contract was for Wyre Brough Council. Who were very pleased with the outcome to the market. Please take a look at the photos on our gallery page to see our Fleetwood Market work.