When Peter Dow came to us looking for paints to renovate his semi-gothic Victorian cemetery lodge, we knew we were going to help to create something amazing. Following years of neglect, the lodge was in need of a good dose of TLC, and some sympathetic remodelling to bring its 1970s red brick extension into place with the rest of the building.
Because Peter understood the importance of allowing his house to breathe, he was in search of our Earthborn Ecopro Silicate Masonry System which lets moisture out and therefore stops mould from forming.
He said: “We used a hot pressure steam wash to remove all the old paint, removed all the cement repairs and added in new sections of stone as necessary. It is important that masonry walls are allowed to breathe, rather than locking in damp using conventional materials, so we specified putty based lime mortar and Earthborn’s Ecopro Silicate Masonry System.”
The Ecopro Silicate Masonry System is perfect for use on mineral based surfaces such as stone, brick, concrete, plaster, and render. The environmental credentials are great, and it offers a high performance alternative to conventional masonry paints and lime wash. The finish is classic matt, and it won’t yellow over time.
The System is made up of a water-based primer and topcoat that forms a bond with the mineral substrate beneath. This forms a hardwearing, water and weather-resistant barrier.
Peter went on to say: “Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint and Primer have a lot of body, so they provide excellent covering power. We just needed one coat of primer and two coats of paint to give complete cover across both the stone and brick. We chose the Portland shade of paint and it works really well in unifying the extension with the main lodge building.”
Earthborn Ecopro Silicate Masonry Paint is a long-lasting alternative to conventional coatings and traditional lime-based paints. It’s a highly durable mineral paint, and dries to a classic, matt finish. It is especially suited to renovation work on historic and listed buildings. The silicate-based system forms a permanent bond with mineral substrates, so it will enjoy [...]
Things continue to move forward in our specialist Lime products display area, the latest development being the completion of our lime plaster display boards. In an effort to help our local customers further their understanding of the benefits and mechanics of using breathable lime plasters, we called on the skills of a local lime expert [...]
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In a scrumptious palette of modern and traditional shades, Earthborn Claypaint is a dream to use. With a thick creamy consistency it covers exceptionally well, often requiring just one coat. Plus it's highly breathable, making it ideal for lime and heritage projects, with no nasty smells or emissions. So it's kind to you, your home [...]
Limewash is a traditional paint which has been used for thousands of years. You can use it inside and out to finish the lime work on your home. Limewash can be used over your lime plaster or render, or on any brick or masonry pointed with lime mortar. It is a breathable paint so it [...]
Owen from Adaptavate came to visit us yesterday and he gave us a demo in using the high performing bio-material Breathaplasta We talked about some issues around retrofitting homes, moisture in our homes and how materials like Breathaplasta can help say goodbye to mould and condensation! Owen also demonstrated Breathplasta being mixed, trowels went flying and walls got [...]
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AURO’s ecological, chlorine-free products give you everything you need to fight and prevent mould in a simple three-step system. Where a mould infestation happens, it’s important to figure out the cause of the moisture and any invisible mould which may exist. If your home smells particularly musty or earthy, you may find that you have mould [...]