Stucco is a building material made of aggregate, water, and cement. It is a porous material and can be tinted by adding pigments. It is used in construction to cover the exterior of buildings and to a lesser extent the interior. The technique of application is by trowel and brush, which is what makes this material so strong and durable. It is used for exterior cladding, waterproofing, and insulation.
Stucco finish has a variety of different types and it is important to know the fundamental differences amongst each of them. It is not wise to try to paint over stucco. The stucco finish is actually coated and sealed to protect the surface underneath it.
There are three types of stucco finish:
- Standard stucco finish
This finish is generally the most popular stucco finish. It is applied directly from the scaffold with a stucco trowel. The finish is smooth and has a slightly textured appearance. It is ideal for exterior cladding, waterproofing, and insulation.
- Smooth stucco finish
This finish is made from a smooth mortar mix. It is applied using a smooth stucco trowel. The finish is composed of vertical and horizontal lines. This finish is ideal for exterior cladding, waterproofing, and insulation.
- Rough stucco finish
This finish is applied from the scaffold, using a rough stucco trowel. It is made from rough mortar mix. The finish is composed of tapping the trowel on the previous stucco with raised stucco to create texture for a more aesthetically pleasing overall appearance.
Stucco is a popular finish choice for home remodeling projects because it adds elegance and durability to your home.