Mortar Analysis


At Lancaster Lime Works, we provide you with a detailed mortar analysis, telling you the essentials you need to know to reproduce any historic mortar. A mortar analysis is especially helpful if you are looking to match your current mortar. In historic mortars, the sand is what generally pigments the mortars. There are exceptions. Some mortars are pigmented red or black. A mortar analysis can help to identify whether sand or pigments were used.


Download Instructions for Collecting a Mortar Sample

When is a Mortar Analysis necessary?   If you are trying to match your original mortar, a mortar analysis is necessary. You will get returned to you the cleaned sand, and the bell curve that was in the original mortar so that you can match the sand. 

With our Mortar Analysis you will get everything you’ll need to get started mixing the right mortar for your job:

  • Sieve analysis on the sand, with graph and report of particle size distribution.
  • Sand will be returned to you in vials as per the sieve test so you can see the results of the sieve analysis and the original sand color and shape.
  • Recommendations cannot always be made for sand, since the sand must be found locally.  Base price for analysis does not include research on sourcing sand, just a detailed description of what to look for.


100 4x's

Sieve #100 magnified 4 x’s

Download Instructions for Collecting a Mortar Sample