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What Is Stucco Anyway?

October 9th, 2013


 

What Is Stucco Anyway?

 

Stucco History, Composition, Uses

Amidst the competitive world of construction stucco is still holding its own firm place, once originating during the old Roman and Greek civilizations. Its success goes to its versatile virtues of a brilliant heat resistant finish to a wall, adding along with it a great deal of decor. It is highly resistant to fire, durable and shows immense strength against harsh weather. The beauty of this great finish lies in the fact that it doesn't spread flames or create smoke. Stucco though sounds very tough to make but consists of very simple materials like sand, lime, water and some other ingredients

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Stucco can be broadly categorized into the two following types -



* Traditional/Hard coat stucco -- As the name suggests it is hard, but brittle. The hardness is attributed to the fact that it is made up of water, sand and Portland cement instead of lime which was traditionally used. Traditionally stucco used to be made up of lime, water and sand which is durable and resists really harsh weathers. The porous nature of the stucco enables it to set in quickly thereby avoiding water damage to a great extent. Once the substrate/construction surface is installed properly, a metal lath is applied and then the stucco finish is applied on it using a trowel. As soon as the primary coat of stucco is set, it is covered with another coat. Application of stucco generally consists of three coatings. Such coatings can be also applied on paper or wired structures. The primary or, scratch coat is applied on the surface which bonds with the substrate. Once this coat is set, it is scratched and the second layer, known as brown coat is applied, which in turn bonds with the scratched surface of the primary coat. The finish coat is the last and outermost layer applied to give a great finish. The finish coat can be colored, if needed.

* Synthetic stucco -- It is made up of the basic cement stucco and various fibers and synthetic acrylic materials. These additional synthetic ingredients make it strong and flexible. Synthetic stuccoes are lighter in weight and hence weaker than its older counterpart. It also proves to be easy to apply as it is single coat stucco unlike the traditional three coat stuccoes. Starting 1950's many houses has started using synthetic stucco or synthetic materials akin to synthetic stucco. Currently EIFS (Exterior Insulation & Finish Systems) is the most extensively used form of stucco. These stuccoes consist of three layers. The base layer is composed of polystyrene like substance, which is a foam insulation board. The middle layer is made up of fiberglass mesh covered with a base coating. The finishing layer is a simple color layer. These make a great stucco layer which can be glued or attached to the construction surface mechanically. Such layers have excellent insulation properties, are cheap and very easy to install. Synthetic stuccos, though, have disadvantages like water absorption which may incur water damage to the buildings

.



A wide range of stucco colors/paints are available in the market, nowadays. Stucco constructions contain cement in them which has a high pH value and hence the coloring agents are made up of inorganic pigments which can adjust with the high pH of the cement. The colorants can be either natural or man-made. Natural colorants include Ochers, natural earths etc which are unaffected by UV rays and appear pleasant to our eyes, but these have lesser variety of shades and less tinting strength when compared to the man-made colors. Man-made colors come in variety of shades and a wide range of colors like blues, greens, reds, pinks and various types of earthy tints too. They are also resistant to UV rays as they include inorganic pigments. General cost of application of stucco comes at around $6-$9 per square foot. Before the installation of stucco in any building a proper inspection should be carried out to find and resolve any construction or cosmetic defects that should be taken care of. A good quality stucco installation is always preferred over a cheaper one so as to avoid great expenses for damage repair in the long run.

About the Author, Nancy Benson:



ENJ Construction is a Fort McMurray contracting company that provides services for construction, landscaping in Fort McMurray, stucco installation Fort McMurray and concrete in Fort McMurray. To find out more information about E N J construction for your stucco, concrete and landscaping services.

* Traditional/Hard coat stucco -- As the name suggests it is hard, but brittle. The hardness is attributed to the fact that it is made up of water, sand and Portland cement instead of lime which was traditionally used. Traditionally stucco used to be made up of lime, water and sand which is durable and resists really harsh weathers. The porous nature of the stucco enables it to set in quickly thereby avoiding water damage to a great extent. Once the substrate/construction surface is installed properly, a metal lath is applied and then the stucco finish is applied on it using a trowel. As soon as the primary coat of stucco is set, it is covered with another coat. Application of stucco generally consists of three coatings. Such coatings can be also applied on paper or wired structures. The primary or, scratch coat is applied on the surface which bonds with the substrate. Once this coat is set, it is scratched and the second layer, known as brown coat is applied, which in turn bonds with the scratched surface of the primary coat. The finish coat is the last and outermost layer applied to give a great finish. The fin


Dear Jennifer,

Amidst the competitive world of construction stucco is still holding its own firm place, once originating during the old Roman and Greek civilizations. Its success goes to its versatile virtues of a brilliant heat resistant finish to a wall, adding along with it a great deal of decor. It is highly resistant to fire, durable and shows immense strength against harsh weather. The beauty of this great finish lies in the fact that it doesn't spread flames or create smoke. Stucco though sounds very tough to make but consists of very simple materials like sand, lime, water and some other ingredients.

Stucco can be broadly categorized into the two following types -

 

Amidst the competitive world of construction stucco is still holding its own firm place, once originating during the old Roman and Greek civilizations. Its success goes to its versatile virtues of a brilliant heat resistant finish to a wall, adding along with it a great deal of decor. It is highly resistant to fire, durable and shows immense strength against harsh weather. The beauty of this great finish lies in the fact that it doesn't spread flames or create smoke. Stucco though sounds very tough to make but consists of very simple materials like sand, lime, water and some other ingredients

.Stucco can be broadly categorized into the two following types -


* Traditional/Hard coat stucco -- As the name suggests it is hard, but brittle. The hardness is attributed to the fact that it is made up of water, sand and Portland cement instead of lime which was traditionally used. Traditionally stucco used to be made up of lime, water and sand which is durable and resists really harsh weathers. The porous nature of the stucco enables it to set in quickly thereby avoiding water damage to a great extent. Once the substrate/construction surface is installed properly, a metal lath is applied and then the stucco finish is applied on it using a trowel. As soon as the primary coat of stucco is set, it is covered with another coat. Application of stucco generally consists of three coatings. Such coatings can be also applied on paper or wired structures. The primary or, scratch coat is applied on the surface which bonds with the substrate. Once this coat is set, it is scratched and the second layer, known as brown coat is applied, which in turn bonds with the scratched surface of the primary coat. The finish coat is the last and outermost layer applied to give a great finish. The finish coat can be colored, if needed.

* Synthetic stucco -- It is made up of the basic cement stucco and various fibers and synthetic acrylic materials. These additional synthetic ingredients make it strong and flexible. Synthetic stuccoes are lighter in weight and hence weaker than its older counterpart. It also proves to be easy to apply as it is single coat stucco unlike the traditional three coat stuccoes. Starting 1950's many houses has started using synthetic stucco or synthetic materials akin to synthetic stucco. Currently EIFS (Exterior Insulation & Finish Systems) is the most extensively used form of stucco. These stuccoes consist of three layers. The base layer is composed of polystyrene like substance, which is a foam insulation board. The middle layer is made up of fiberglass mesh covered with a base coating. The finishing layer is a simple color layer. These make a great stucco layer which can be glued or attached to the construction surface mechanically. Such layers have excellent insulation properties, are cheap and very easy to install. Synthetic stuccos, though, have disadvantages like water absorption which may incur water damage to the buildings

.



A wide range of stucco colors/paints are available in the market, nowadays. Stucco constructions contain cement in them which has a high pH value and hence the coloring agents are made up of inorganic pigments which can adjust with the high pH of the cement. The colorants can be either natural or man-made. Natural colorants include Ochers, natural earths etc which are unaffected by UV rays and appear pleasant to our eyes, but these have lesser variety of shades and less tinting strength when compared to the man-made colors. Man-made colors come in variety of shades and a wide range of colors like blues, greens, reds, pinks and various types of earthy tints too. They are also resistant to UV rays as they include inorganic pigments. General cost of application of stucco comes at around $6-$9 per square foot. Before the installation of stucco in any building a proper inspection should be carried out to find and resolve any construction or cosmetic defects that should be taken care of. A good quality stucco installation is always preferred over a cheaper one so as to avoid great expenses for damage repair in the long run.

About the Author, Nancy Benson:



ENJ Construction is a Fort McMurray contracting company that provides services for construction, landscaping in Fort McMurray, stucco installation Fort McMurray and concrete in Fort McMurray. To find out more information about E N J construction for your stucco, concrete and landscaping services.

* Traditional/Hard coat stucco -- As the name suggests it is hard, but brittle. The hardness is attributed to the fact that it is made up of water, sand and Portland cement instead of lime which was traditionally used. Traditionally stucco used to be made up of lime, water and sand which is durable and resists really harsh weathers. The porous nature of the stucco enables it to set in quickly thereby avoiding water damage to a great extent. Once the substrate/construction surface is installed properly, a metal lath is applied and then the stucco finish is applied on it using a trowel. As soon as the primary coat of stucco is set, it is covered with another coat. Application of stucco generally consists of three coatings. Such coatings can be also applied on paper or wired structures. The primary or, scratch coat is applied on the surface which bonds with the substrate. Once this coat is set, it is scratched and the second layer, known as brown coat is applied, which in turn bonds with the scratched surface of the primary coat. The finish coat is the last and outermost layer applied to give a great finish. The finish coat can be colored, if needed.

 

* Synthetic stucco -- It is made up of the basic cement stucco and various fibers and synthetic acrylic materials. These additional synthetic ingredients make it strong and flexible. Synthetic stuccoes are lighter in weight and hence weaker than its older counterpart. It also proves to be easy to apply as it is single coat stucco unlike the traditional three coat stuccoes. Starting 1950's many houses has started using synthetic stucco or synthetic materials akin to synthetic stucco. Currently EIFS (Exterior Insulation & Finish Systems) is the most extensively used form of stucco. These stuccoes consist of three layers. The base layer is composed of polystyrene like substance, which is a foam insulation board. The middle layer is made up of fiberglass mesh covered with a base coating. The finishing layer is a simple color layer. These make a great stucco layer which can be glued or attached to the construction surface mechanically. Such layers have excellent insulation properties, are cheap and very easy to install. Synthetic stuccos, though, have disadvantages like water absorption which may incur water damage to the buildings.

 

 

* Synthetic stucco -- It is made up of the basic cement stucco and various fibers and synthetic acrylic materials. These additional synthetic ingredients make it strong and flexible. Synthetic stuccoes are lighter in weight and hence weaker than its older counterpart. It also proves to be easy to apply as it is single coat stucco unlike the traditional three coat stuccoes. Starting 1950's many houses has started using synthetic stucco or synthetic materials akin to synthetic stucco. Currently EIFS (Exterior Insulation & Finish Systems) is the most extensively used form of stucco. These stuccoes consist of three layers. The base layer is composed of polystyrene like substance, which is a foam insulation board. The middle layer is made up of fiberglass mesh covered with a base coating. The finishing layer is a simple color layer. These make a great stucco layer which can be glued or attached to the construction surface mechanically. Such layers have excellent insulation properties, are cheap and very easy to install. Synthetic stuccos, though, have disadvantages like water absorption which may incur water damage to the buildings.

A wide range of stucco colors/paints are available in the market, nowadays. Stucco constructions contain cement in them which has a high pH value and hence the coloring agents are made up of inorganic pigments which can adjust with the high pH of the cement. The colorants can be either natural or man-made. Natural colorants include Ochers, natural earths etc which are unaffected by UV rays and appear pleasant to our eyes, but these have lesser variety of shades and less tinting strength when compared to the man-made colors. Man-made colors come in variety of shades and a wide range of colors like blues, greens, reds, pinks and various types of earthy tints too. They are also resistant to UV rays as they include inorganic pigments. General cost of application of stucco comes at around $6-$9 per square foot. Before the installation of stucco in any building a proper inspection should be carried out to find and resolve any construction or cosmetic defects that should be taken care of. A good quality stucco installation is always preferred over a cheaper one so as to avoid great expenses for damage repair in the long run.

About the Author, Nancy Benson:

 

ENJ Construction is a Fort McMurray contracting company that provides services for construction, landscaping in Fort McMurray, stucco installation Fort McMurray and concrete in Fort McMurray. To find out more information about E N J construction for your stucco, concrete and landscaping services.


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