Building Conservation in Surrey and London
RJM Heritage Limited - lime mortar specialists
RJM Heritage Limited offers the full range of building services for older properties in London and the South East. We use traditional materials and have the skills required to maintain and improve historic buildings. We use lime mortars extensively, in sympathy with the original construction, ensuring that any building we work on stays dry and healthy. If you are refurbishing, or planning to have an extension on an older building, then RJM have vast knowledge of the way to create the perfect addition to your property. We can match all architectural features from timber, stone, brick or render so that the extension or refurbishment maintains the character and charm of the original building. RJM specialise in re-creating the materials used at the particular time in history that the building was constructed. Knowing where to use new or traditional materials on an old building is a skill in its own right. RJM Heritage takes great pride in our knowledge in this regard, and the small part we play in the protection of English heritage.
Why use lime?
Lime mortar was the only material available to builders up to the turn of the 20th century. All bricks were laid with lime mortar, and all plasters and renders were made using lime. Buildings at this time were erected with no damp proof course, and no cavity, relying on the properties of lime and the porosity of the brick, stone or timber to keep the building dry and warm. The reason this happens is that lime has the unique capability to absorb moisture, and subsequently expel it to atmosphere.
The use of cement and gypsum based mortars and plasters has resulted in many buildings suffering from damp incursion, causing in many cases severe deterioration to the fabric of the building, owing to moisture being trapped in the walls.
Maintaining historic buildings in London and the South East
We are able to offer expert advice and craftsmanship, borne out by the many tributes paid to us by satisfied clients. We are intensely proud of our work, and this pride is reflected in the standard of work we produce on the buildings we work on.
If you would like to contact us please call us, for free on 01932 379 062, or send an email through our contact us page. We will arrange to visit, and will issue a free of charge, no obligation quotation.