Stucco application instantly adds elegance and class to any home. Older homes can look new again and new homes can stand out from the crowd.
Conventional Stucco finish is a surface coating that provides superior qualities and can be applied over a wide variety of surfaces. It provides a strong, firm, fire and weather resistant membrane.
Conventional Stucco finishes will not deteriorate and has proven to be a durable exterior wall covering in both warm and very cold climates. Possessing properties similar to reinforced concrete, stucco finishes provide long term protection to any surface. It is economical and requires little maintenance.
Durability and breathablity are the major sustainability benefits of conventional cement stucco. Conventional Stucco is a water-shedding, hard, impact-resistant, fire-resistant, and color-retentive, exterior finish material. Because plaster is breathable, or able to transmit moisture vapor, water that gets behind it does not become trapped. This means conventional stucco is resistant to rot and fungus, helping to protect indoor air quality.Stucco finishes has proved to be a durable wall cover in all climates, whether wet, dry, hot, or cold.
Stucco provides several distinct finishes, and all stucco finishes include a wide variety of texture and color options.
Although conventional stucco-sided homes became popular in twentieth century America, the concept of using cement mixtures in architecture goes back to ancient times.
Part of the traditional construction methods in the Mediterranean area, stucco (or mortar), a mixture of lime and sand, has been used for centuries for wall finishing. ‘Stucco’ refers to the branch of the plastering industry that manipulates Portland cement based mortars, usually on exterior surfaces.
Modern mortar (lime, sand, cement, and water) is even more resistant and it is usually called “European Stucco” or “Real Stucco”. Other terms used for European (real) stucco are: old stucco, traditional stucco, and conventional stucco.
Conventional Stucco can be considered as a component of a structure’s wall and ceiling assembly. It is usually either the last, or next to last, element to be installed. Stucco is selected because it possesses characteristics which no other component of the wall assembly can provide.
Among its major functions, stucco serves as a refining element, as it can conceal and correct minor deviations in the alignment of the other wall system components, and provide a base for decoration.