What does lime plaster look like?

What does lime plaster look like?

As with most things in life there’s a simple answer, but then there’s the slightly more complex one as well. In simple terms though, finished lime plaster tends to look off white in colour, while normal gypsum plaster is that pale pink colour that you often see in new builds.

But at Leyden, we know that’s only half of the answer because very few people actually leave walls unpainted which makes the whole ‘defined by colour’ approach, slightly trickier. There are some other key signs that will help you determine whether a finished surface is lime plaster or not and one of those is the textured finish that it creates.

More often than not, Lime plaster has a slightly satisfying, grained texture that when you run our hand over, you instantly have that knowing feeling where you can say to yourself, ‘that’s lime plaster, right there’. Plaster boarding and gypsum simply doesn’t have that feeling or texture, it’s a perfectly nice, smooth factory finish, but in our opinion it lacks character (but then we would say that, wouldn’t we).

But when it comes to spotting lime plaster, it’s often about the property that it’s in. For example, you wouldn’t have to be a genius to work out that a new build property on a shiny housing estate probably isn’t going to have lime plastered walls. It’s going to have plaster board and gypsum because that’s the most cost-effective way of doing it as developers chase profit margins. A Victorian terrace town house or a countryside period cottage is much more likely to feature lime plaster, but the question then is, what are the real benefits of lime plaster?

Yes, it’s more expensive but equally it’s about originality, authenticity and of course performance. Lime plastered walls will allow for a greater level of breathability and airflow within the property which is not only good for the house itself (especially period properties) but it’s also good for the people that live in it from a respiratory and general health perspective.

So, when it comes to the question of what does lime plaster look like? Just think colour, texture and location and although that might not make you a qualified conservation officer overnight, it will sharpen your knowledge of heritage property and allow you to tell the difference.

At Leyden we’re experts in lime plasters as well as hand-crafted pointing, lime renders and decorative features. Craftsmanship is everything to us and we’re proud of the fact that we’ve helped restore some of the South West’s most beautiful heritage buildings.

So, if you’d like to know more about the benefits of lime plaster finishes, then get in contact with us at Leyden on hello@leydensw.co.uk, we are after-all, serious about craftsmanship.

Matt & Hannah

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