Monthly Archives: October 2011

Stucco Over Historic Stone Buildings, FAQ Friday

Q: Why are beautiful stone farmhouses and other historic stone buildings covered with stucco? Is it for insulation? If the stucco over stone is an original and historically accurate detail, is it then OK to remove it to expose the stone and leave it that way? Will this enhance or deflate the value of the […]

How Lime Mortar Traditionally Got it’s Color and How We Can Replicate this Today – FAQ

Seven factors that can affect the color of lime mortar in no particular order of significance, Lime, aggregate, pigment, water content, rate of absorption, original surface texture and erosion. By its self, the color spectrum of lime can vary from bright white, light grey, slight pink or ochre colors. This color is dependent on a […]

Sandblasting Historic Buildings FAQ Friday

Q: Someone wants to sandblast my house. Should I let him sandblast? A: Invasive cleaning methods such as sandblasting or high-pressure washing should be a questionable intervention upon historic fabric of any kind and should be considered carefully. Quartzite sand should never be the medium used on historic brick whose frail “fired skin” will be […]

Using Natural Hydraulic Lime in cold weather, FAQ Friday

Q: As fall encroaches upon us with its cold weather, a question that is going to be popping up with more frequency is… Is it too cold to start or finish my project with NHL? A: This may be one of the most difficult questions to answer, where the wrong answer can result in a […]