Frequently Asked Questions
These are the most common questions we are asked. If you don’t find what you are looking for here, you can find a lot more questions answered in our various YouTube videos and within the comment threads.
What are the benefits of a stucco finish?
The benefits of stucco are: added fire resistance, better insulation against heat and cold, structural strength, and maintenance-free color coats. Instead of painting your house every five years, these finishes will last the life of the building. However, they do start to mellow in appearance with the passage of time.
What kind of textures are possible with stucco?
Plaster applied in a plastic state may create a great variety of design configurations, textures, and patterns. It has been a popular finish for most of history, and can be applied to all types of buildings from single-family homes to high-rise structures.
Need a specific finish? We offer every variety from smooth to sandy textures. From adobe finish to skip trowel or spanish lace, we can do it all! Since it lasts the lifetime of the building, redecoration is necessary only when a change in color is desired.
What types of wood style can you stucco over?
Almost all types of wood can be stuccoed over, including horizontal or diagonal siding as well as T-one-eleven (which if not maintained, nears the end of its life cycle quickly). Although ship-lap siding and shingles are about the only sidings I recommend removing, I have applied stucco over these on occasion.
Can you apply a color coat over painted stucco?
Yes, however the painted surface must be prepared properly. It must be cleaned, and then we apply a bonding agent over the painted surface. This adheres color coats to painted surfaces.
Can I color coat just around a window or on a patch?
No. You have to color the whole wall because color coat is not like paint. It cannot be blended in anywhere.
Why does stucco darken when wet?
Because it is porous and not sealed like paint. When it absorbs water it darkens. This is normal and not a problem, the waterproof layer is behind the stucco.
Is it cheaper to paint or stucco?
Painting is often, but not always, cheaper in the short run. It’s much easier to spray or roll on five gallons of paint on a single story home than it is to lath (paper and wire) the same home, then add fifteen tons of sand and cement to it after its lathed. But then you must repaint every 5-10 years. With a maintenance free stucco finish, you will never have to refinish your home again.
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