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 Welcome to Edinburgh Stonemasons Ltd

 

WHO ARE WE? – Our team at Edinburgh Stonemasons Ltd are highly qualified and expertly skilled tradesmen.

Our training history is certainly extensive including training in Dalkeith Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). 

In addition, we have attended all of the Scottish Lime Centre courses and this makes us experts in using Lime mortar.  You can find out more about us here.

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Our training history is certainly extensive including training in Dalkeith Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). 

In addition, we have attended all of the Scottish Lime Centre courses. This makes

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We are based in the Midlothian area of Scotland and carry out stone conservation and restoration work throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians and the whole of Scotland.

Because, we love what we do and take great pride in our work and we love to help with your project. Our team of highly skilled stonemasons always ensure that each project is completed to the highest levels of quality. We work with local businesses and purchase our stone products from local stone suppliers and many other local suppliers

We can cut and dress the stone to any size and shape required.

If you are looking for a team of highly skilled and experienced stonemason’s in traditional stone restoration, conservation, masonry and rope access then get in touch

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 How to understand your traditional stone building in Edinburgh

 

Most of the stone buildings throughout Edinburgh are built of relatively thick stone walls. Many of these walls are Ashlar dressed, coursed sandstone which are pointed and built with lime mortar.  

This traditional building method enables is great because it enables the building to breathe.

A lot 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 cases led to some damage to the stonework, and has resulted in the need for extensive stone repairs.

By repairing traditional buildings with modern or non-traditional materials this will accelerate stone decay.

Similarly, the materials used in the construction of stonemasonry buildings in Edinburgh were sourced from local quarries such as Craigleith or Hailes to name a couple.  

A lot of these materials fell out of use after the 1920s so were replaced with modern substitutes.

 
 


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For instance, by using traditional materials and having a building maintenance program will help to preserve, enhance, and prolong the life of your stone building.

Chimneys – This is the most vulnerable part of the building for weathering. Most are built with Ashlar stone or rubble masonry. However, over the years we have seen many chimneys that have been coated in cement where the stone has decayed.

Read our chimney inspection guide for further information.

Masonry Stone Repairs –  Natural stone deteriorates very slowly and may require repair or replacement over time. We carry out stone repairs and ensure that the repair is in keeping with the current stone and materials.

Read our stone repair guide for further information.

Lime Pointing – Many buildings in Edinburgh have been pointed in a very hard cement over years which can accelerate the decay of the masonry units.  

Our team are fully qualified stonemasons in Edinburgh and because of our extensive knowledge we understand the best materials to use. We ensure that we match the original material and style of pointing.

Read our lime pointing guide for more information.

Boundary Walls – Stone boundary walls often require more frequent maintenance and repair.  Therefore, please read more information about boundary walls here.

Loose or Unsafe Stone Masonry – You should carry out a building inspection to your building every 3 – 5  years to ensure that it’s safe.

Most importantly remove any unsafe masonry and replace where applicable. You can watch our videos on inspections here or you can read more about unsafe masonry.

In conclusion, if you are looking for professional stonemasons who understand your traditional building and are experts in lime mortar we at Edinburgh Stonemasons Ltd are here to help.

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              WHAT IS A STONEMASON?

Of the 20% traditional housing stock buildings in Scotland, 75% of them that need repairs. Yet Scotland has only around 500 stonemasons for the multitude of projects available. 

That’s because stonemasonry has a specialized and certified training that’s not easy to complete.

An Edinburgh stonemason takes rough pieces of rock or stone and shapes it into geometric shapes that help create a building, structure, or even a piece of art.

Stonemasons work on monuments, castles, cathedrals, tombstones, houses, parameter walls, and more.

In Edinburgh a stonemason knows that much of their work represents the history of a building as well as Scotland over hundreds of years.

In Edinburgh, you see stonemasonry on structures that comes in a multitude of shapes and designs.

If you know it’s only a matter of time before you’re going to need to hire one

Then the guide above is for you,  because this will help you discover the reasons for you to consider when you hire a stonemason for your Edinburgh home or building.

 

      Stonemasons in Edinburgh 

Now you know what a stonemason is and compelling reasons to hire one.

When you need a stonemason for your building or structure, it’s essential to reach out to Edinburgh Stonemasons.

Edinburgh Stonemasons are highly skilled stonemasons that ensure you receive the highest quality of masonry work while also staying within your budget.

There’s no one who can give you more, whether it be cutting and dressing the stone to any size or shape or providing specialist rope access workers.

We are dedicated stonemasons that are not only craftspeople, but they are also the caretakers of every building or structure that needs them.

Every stone they work with tells a story, so let them bring their superior stonemason skill set and give your building or structure the care it deserves.

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