Edinburgh Lime Mortar Repointing

Introduction to Edinburgh Lime Mortar Pointing & Repointing

Lime mortar pointing finishes the wall surface and closes the gaps between stone or brick on external walls to keep the surface weather tight. Once finished, the limemortar pointing acts sacrificially, encouraging the transfer of moisture and salts away from the principal stone and brick construction.

Lime mortar pointing is also important to how a building looks, and poor repointing of walls can have a serious and harmful effect on a build’s appearance. Historic buildings do not have a ‘shelf life’. If there are no inherent faults and they are regularly maintained and repaired using appropriate materials, they can be preserved indefinitely. The appropriate use of traditional lime mortars on historic buildings contributes to their preservation and helps to maintain the historic character and local distinctiveness of an area.

Repointing & Picking out Lime mortar


Lorreto School, Musselburgh – Client: Lorreto Estates


Stages of Lime Mortar Repointing & Pointing



Whales Bone Jewel Cottage, Musselburgh – Client: Private works