Mortar testing

We specialise in the analysis of historic coatings, mortar and cement products. Testing and evaluation programs can be compiled from a wide range of tests conforming to standard procedures.

Testing and evaluation of mortar and render samples provides data to not only determine the suitability of the sample for proposed uses, but also to enable us to compare and reproduce as closely as possible to the original mortar or render used, therefore faithfully conserving the heritage value of the building. Stone Initiatives assists owners, architects and conservators in developing the knowledge necessary to produce an informed conservation plan. We provide a testing and consulting service that is an asset for the heritage industry from “the ground up.”

Tests include:
Bulk and Clay X-Ray Diffraction Mineralogy analysis of crystalline components
Cement / Lime / Sand content
Moisture Content
Total Dissolved Salt (Conductivity)
Sand sizing (grain size distribution)
Aggregate colour & morphology
Determination of Clay content

For more tests see Summary of Our Capabilities.