JH Brickwork is committed to providing skilled services for stonework.

We use varied types of Limestone, Sandstone and ragstone to Aquire your needs.

We will offer are advise in which lime mortars to use with the type of stone being used on the project along with the finished joint for the stone.

Joint appearance and mortar use is critical when working with stonework it gives the personal touch to the stone to make it really stand out and give you that character look.

You can get:
Designed Mortars- These our manufacturing methods and will be selected by the producer for the specified job.

Prescribed Mortars:
These our made Bespoke made on site and are made to suit the sole purpose of the job and to more suit the clients needs.

These are frequently used in Mortars and often based on metallic oxides, generally made of iron. Pigments will not fade over time and will give you that lasting look you will be after.The colour of the mortar may fade but this is only due to weathering over time but the pigments in the mortar will stay true. You can also have coloured Mortars which may be a better option in some certain cases dependant on the job specifications.

Mortar Mixes:
You can get different types of pre-mixed Mortars (wet & dry). Ready mixed lime sand mortar will come as a part mixed of each based mortar, where only water will needed to be added to create a workable Mortar. You can get wet ready to use mortar which contains sand cement and sometimes lime or pigments dependant on which one. Ready mixed Mortar which is sand and cement which also only required water to be used.

Lime mortars:
Lime mortars are very different from the cement mortars used today, one of the main differences is the strength in cement mortars to lime mortars, this is why lime mortar should always be used on old listed building or heritage projects as modern materials are too strong and not permeable enough and can damage the fabric. JH Brickwork can provide test samples of different lime mortars to match the existing on your project or property. We can advise you on the best type of mortar to use and which lime is best suited for your job.

Using the wrong mortar can result in even more damage to the building than previously experienced.

Mortars consist of three primary components:

Other materials may be added to give different colours or looks.

This is the raw materia produced when limestone( calcium carbonate) has been fired in a kiln at temperatures of about 850 degrees.

Lime Putty( non- hydraulic):
Lime putty is made by slaking quicklime with a lot of excess water with no added aggregate. The lime and water then react forming a putty

Hydraulic lime mortars:
These our commonly known as NHL limes which you can buy in power form bags. This is mixed with water and aggregate to produce a mortar, there are different NHL limes all have different strengths and setting times.

Gauged lime mixes:
These combinations are formed of quicklime mixed with NHL lime which then produces a 'Gauged' mortar. Benefits of these mortars are the setting time increases due to the mortar absorbing the water rapidly as they slake. These mixed are well know to be frost resistant compared to others.

Dependant on the type of work hydraulic and non- hydraulic limes can work in advantage or disadvantages to you, JH Brickwork will provide advice and help of choosing the best lime to work with.

When choosing the correct materials for the mortar, always bare in mind the type of aggregate being used. We always take into consideration the type of graded sand to be used, if brick dust or ash was used and most importantly what type of lime( strength) was used.


Jason was able to fit in a fireplace rebuild and regrouting of a listed wall at short notice during the week before Christmas. Jason is an excellent communicator - each detail of the job was run past me verbally first with options and costs explained plus instant confirmation via email. The work was completed ahead of schedule and my property left clean and tidy - enabling me to enjoy a relaxing Christmas. Highly recommended.


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