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El Cajon , CA 92021
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Welcome to our Stucco and Plaster Information Page. Here you will find some useful resources as well as pictures of the various type of stucco finishes we can apply as well as other important information.
What is stucco?
Stucco is a type of finishing plaster that is commonly used on the exterior of buildings , more commonly called a "3 coat plaster system" and has been used in construction for centuries in various forms. The cement is combined with water and inert materials such as sand and lime. Usually, wooden walls are covered with tar paper and chicken wire or galvanized metal screening. While it can also be used inside, specially designed interior plasters have replaced stucco for interior use in most regions. Classical stucco is usually sturdy for the lifetime of the house, synthetic 2 coat systems and cheap replacements, however, are not. If a new home is being built out of stucco, it is cost effective to spend more on high quality stucco so that the home does not have to be repaired later in life, especially in hot regions and regions where a lot rain is common. Stucco is an excellent building material because it helps to regulate temperatures when the home is built right.
Synthetic Stucco: 2 coat stucco systems, foam board systems
One type of synthetic stucco, known as EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems), has been associated with moisture problems. The underlying wood on EIFS sided homes may suffer rot damage. However, other types of synthetic stucco are quite durable. It's always a wise to have a professional inspection before purchasing a stucco-sided home.
3 coat cement based with synthetic finish.
3 coat systems with an applied synthetic finish have the strength and impact resistance of a traditional 3 coat stucco systems but with more crack resistance and fade resistant properties that new man-made synthetic finish products have. They have less “sun fade” of the finish over time and are less prone to “flex cracking” or “house settling” of visible hair line cracks than traditional stucco. Even though these characteristics are the norm of the traditional stucco system, they do not devalue the quality of the system in any way. Some people like the character that cracks and stucco fade give to a house, not looking for the perfect look, but prefer the old style look of classic homes.
Types of Stucco Finish