Stucco & the Test of Time
Stucco has been used for generations and has undergone a few changes in composition and application. While it is an older type of material, it is still used today in many areas.
Stucco is a material used in architectural projects for walls and ceilings; it is also used for sculpting and other artistic endeavors in the architectural world. While used for well more than one hundred years, this material has undergone a few changes in an effort to improve its usability and longevity. This brief look at the history of stucco will help you understand how and where it is used and what materials are used in its composition.
Initially, stucco was made from lime and sand and was used both on the interior and exterior of building projects. When used outside, it was applied to a hard surface such as brick or stone. Traditionally, application of this material was accomplished in three coats. A scratch coat was the first coat and was allowed to fully dry or "cure" before any other coats were applied. The next coat, the brown coat, was applied and leveled to make sure the surface was smooth and even. Once the brown coat had completely dried, the top coat was applied. This top coat (called a finish coat) was typically completed by hand and it was here that the artistic elements were added. Typically, this covering was known by its unique texture.
In more recent times, stucco has gone through some changes to make it more durable and useful. There is usually some sort of support built into the process to reinforce it and prevent cracking. Often, today's applications are completed in a two-step process instead of the traditional three-step process. However, there are several different techniques that can be used in the successful application of this building material.
Stucco is loved for its durability and low maintenance needs. You are probably most familiar with seeing this material on Spanish style homes, although it is not limited to that type of application. Since the process (and even the materials used in the composition) has changed since it was first used, its longevity and usability have increased.
If you are considering using stucco for a building project, you should consider hiring a company that has extensive knowledge and experience in the proper application process that yields beautiful results. Ask for estimates from a few different companies, and also ask them if any buildings in your local area have used them for this type of job. If so, it will behoove you to check out the work and see if you like how it looks. Seeing a company's work first-hand will help you decide if you like the look that they produce.
While this building material has been used for generations, it still has a lot of merit in the right situations. Do not write it off as an option simply because it is not the "latest and greatest" in the building world. Sometimes the tried and true options look the best in the long run anyway.
There are many reasons people choose stucco walls as the siding preference for their home. These reasons include extreme weather conditions and the durability. In addition, stucco looks very nice and attractive on the exterior of a home.
Weather can do severe damage to a home’s siding. Some people spend thousands of dollars a year repairing damages to their home because of snow and other extreme weather conditions. Wood paneling is one of the worst and most costly siding options because the paint usually needs to be redone every few years and the wood damages easily. Wood weathers quickly and it is visible to the eye. Weathering of wood on a home can make a home look terrible and there is nothing you can do about it but replace the pieces of wood that are damaged and repaint. Stucco walls are a better option when you don’t want to spend as much money on repairs. You will save thousands of dollars over the year if extreme weather conditions are a factor where you live.