Edinburgh Stonemasons Ltd, we specialise in products built in, Sandstone and Lime Mortar. Our team specialise in Stone Repairs, Masonry work, stonemasonry repairs, roofing repairs and also chimney repairs. Here at Stonemasons Edinburgh, we work at height to conduct high-level building inspections utilising Rope Access.
First of all what do we do? – Our team also undertake insurance work and private works – large or small throughout Edinburgh & Midlothian. Please feel free to contact us for advice or for a free estimate.
Furthermore here at Edinburgh Stonemasons – Our skills and training history is extensive. We are trained in Dalkeith Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) throughout Edinburgh & Midlothian and have attended all of the Scottish Lime Centre courses making us experts in using Lime mortar
Inveraray Castle Another recent commission for Edi
How to understand your traditional building in Edinburgh?
You will know that most of the stone buildings in Edinburgh are built of relatively thick, stone walls many Ashlar dressed, coursed sandstone pointed and built in lime mortar. This traditional method of building enables the structure to breathe.
Many of the older buildings in Edinburgh have been repaired over the years using modern materials such as cement, gypsum plaster and modern paints. This has in some instances led to damage to stonework, requiring very extensive repairs.
We now know that repairing traditional buildings with modern or non-traditional materials will accelerate stone decay.
The materials used in the construction of stonemasonry buildings in Edinburgh were sourced locally from Craigleith or Hails to name a few, many of these materials fell out of use after the 1920’s and were replaced with modern substitutes.
Looking after your stonemasonry building
Utilising traditional materials and having a building maintenance programme will help to preserve, enhance and prolong the life of your stone building
Chimneys are part of the building most vulnerable for weathering. Most are built with ashlar stone or rubble masonry however over the years we have seen that many people have coated their chimney in cement where the stone has decayed.
Masonry Repairs – Natural stone deteriorates very slowly and may require repair or replacement. Most importantly we carry out repairs and certainly ensure that the repair is in keeping with the current stone and also materials.
Lime Pointing – Many buildings in Edinburgh have been pointed in very hard cement over years which can accelerate the decay of the masonry units. We have many skilled stonemasons in Edinburgh who have extensive knowledge in regards to the best materials to use. We ensure that we match the original material and style of pointing.
Boundary Walls – Stone boundary walls require more frequent maintenance and repair. Therefore please read more information about boundary walls here .
Loose or Unsafe Masonry – you should carry out a building inspection to your building every 3 – 5 years to ensure that its safe, remove any unsafe masonry and while carrying out repair work also replace where applicable.