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Lath and plaster is a traditional building technique where by thin, narrow strips of straight-grained wood are nailed to wall studs and ceilings and then lime plastered over.

The lime plaster fills the small gaps between the laths, forming a strong bond. Traditionally the plaster is mixed with horse or animal hair which reinforces it, making it even stronger. The base coat is then finished with lime putty.

Lath (lathe) does not just come in wooden form, although wood is the original material… expanding metal is also used.

Over the years lath, sometimes known as lathe and plaster, has been replaced by solid drywall or plasterboard because they are quicker and cheaper to install, but when it comes to restoring and conserving historical buildings, sticking with the original is the best way to go. Often drywall and plasterboard will not sufficiently match existing finishes. Lathe and plaster is also a better choice when wanting to achieve ornamental or unusual shapes.

With restoration projects it is important to have the plastering look as original as possible and because lath and plaster is a traditional method this is easily achievable. At Midland Plastering we have completed many restoration projects on many Grade I and Grade II listed buildings nationwide, so you can be sure that we have the knowledge and experience to do the job right.

For more information about any of our other services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by phone or by email and a member of our team will be happy to help. Midland plastering will undertake large or small projects nationwide.


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