How to Reduce Mortar Decay and Save Money

Protecting your stones from wear and to reduce mortar decay is vital for the long life and beauty of your stonework.  Over time, weathering takes its toll on your stonemasonry and you will need to make repairs more often. The four major causes of stone wear and tear...

Why we use Lime Mortar versus Concrete Mortar

We use Lime mortar on our modern stone structure repairs and building work.  Lime mortar has better properties than straight concrete mortar. These qualities help structures withstand weathering and aging better than before. If your stonework has an ordinary concrete...

Lithomex – Why We Use It

Lithomex is a type of pre-mix mortar used in stone repairs.  Based on natural hydraulic lime, lithomex comes in custom colours. Stonemasons buy lithomex in 25kg bags or 4kg tubs.  A stone mason will use this type of mortar as an alternative to concrete mortar. So...

The Melville Monument

The Melville Monument stands in the glorious St Andrew Square at the east end of George Street in Edinburgh. Dominating the centre of the square is the Melville Monument, one of the most prominent landmarks in the capital but one that is largely ignored by many...

Moray House

Moray House is in Edinburgh’s Old Town and is one of its most historic buildings however it is one of its most invisible, hidden from plain view on the Canongate. The history of Moray House stretches back to 1625 when it was built as an aristocratic townhouse. It was...

Acheson House

Acheson House is located just off the Canongate in Edinburgh’s Old Town and is one of the most beautiful stone buildings you will see in the Scottish capital. Acheson House is protected as a category A listed building as an "outstanding example of a large, early 17th...

Lady Stair’s House

Lady Stair’s House lies in the Lawnmarket area of Edinburgh’s Old Town and is just off the Royal Mile near to the entrance to Gladstone’s Land. This area is immensely popular with tourists visiting the Scottish capital and Lady Stair’s House is one of the reasons for...

The Canongate Tolbooth

The Canongate Tolbooth is one of the most distinctive stone buildings in the whole of the city of Edinburgh. One of the favourite tourist stops (its clock is a favourite for tourists photographs) the building serves a a reminder that Canongate was once upon a time...

Tweedale Court

Tucked away in Edinburgh’s Old Town is the delightful Tweedale Court. The Old Town has an extensive network of closes and wynds and Tweedale Court is one of the best examples. Tweedale Court is located across from the Scottish Storytelling Centre and the World’s End...

Why Choose Us:

  • We have over 30 years hands-on experience as stonemasons
  • We have a full range of expert stonemasonry and sandstone restoration skills
  • We only use lime mortar for re-pointing, sandstone repairs and building work
  • We choose our team based on the quality of their work and quality of their character
  • Flexible Quoting: we come at a time that suits you, even on the same day if required

Stone Repairs

Do your stones’ need repairing due to weathering and old age? If so, we can bring them back to new again. As James Allan Stonemasons (Edinburgh), we can offer you two effective methods for repairing your stones, which are part Indenting and lithomex.

Lime Pointing

Properly executed Lime Repointing of masonry using lime mortars is critical to the long term health of stone structures. It is strongly advised that repointing is carried out using proper lime mortars & correct technique and preparation.

Church Stone Repairs

Repairs to churches call on every type of stonemasonry skill imaginable, including stone replacement, stone restoration, stone carving and lime pointing. We are able to carry out the stonemasonry restoration of our city’s churches.

Wall Repairs

Repairing a wall takes great expertise, and as one of Edinburgh’s longest standing stonemasons, we have the know how to repair or rebuild your wall the correct way. We only use lime mortars in our building, pointing and restoration work.

Chimney Repairs

On average, we have been repairing 10 chimneys in Edinburgh per year over the last 30 years. This means we will carry out your chimney repairs with attention to detail and a high level of mastery.