Stucco is a building material, usually made from Portland cement plaster, that can be used in the interior and the exterior of buildings and houses, applied to walls and other surfaces. The material is fire-retardant, long-lasting, and requires little maintenance. These characteristics, along with the possibility of giving it different textures and colors, made it an excellent choice for buildings throughout the world.
Knowing the different application systems and styles, the stucco services staff can help you decide the visual finish that better suits your home style.
Types of Stucco
There are two main types of stucco: traditional and synthetic.
Traditional stucco is made out of sand, lime, and water and then cement is added to the mix, as it increases its durability. Lime makes stucco easier to install. The problem with pure cement stucco is that, besides its hardness, it has to be applied over a stable mesh base, called lath. Otherwise, the stucco will crack. Traditional stucco is versatile which makes it an excellent choice for exteriors, as it can be smoothed or roughened.
Synthetic stucco does not use cement and lime. It is made of an acrylic resin that is resistant to water damage. It dries evenly, and quickly, and can be applied over the foam board.
Do you have any doubt about stucco installation? Have you got any questions regarding which kind of stucco would suit your property better? Contact the Illinois Stucco company!