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Inform Guide: Lime and Cement in Traditional Mortars

This INFORM guide focuses on two commonly used mortar types in Scotland: lime mortars and cement mortars, and the impact that the use of these materials has on stone-built structures. An overview of the physical properties of both mortar types is given, as well as an indication of their technical suitability for use with traditional stone masonry. Selecting a suitable mortar for repair works is important for the conservation of traditional buildings and for preventing masonry decay associated with the use of incompatible materials.

  • Audiences

    Planners and Owners, Conservation and Heritage Enthusiasts

  • Date Published

    13 October 2016

  • Publisher

    Historic Scotland

  • Publication Types

    Technical, Advice & Guidance, INFORM Guide

  • Format(s)

    Download PDF

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