For centuries, lime has been one of the most prominent building materials. Lime can be used as an elementary construction element, but the decorative qualities of this product are unsurpassed.
Due to the relatively recent and rapid rise of cement binder the basic knowledge of the production and application of lime mortars has largely been wasted. The renewed scientific interest and analysis and the life cycle of our historic buildings are proof of the exceptional qualities of lime mortars.
This article seeks to explain the “mystery” of the differing lime products and makes a comparison of lime and cement based binders.