Different Stucco Techniques

11 July 2018
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Stucco is a rather ubiquitous construction material that we often take for granted or completely ignore. It is used in so many different types of construction, particularly for exterior walls, that it isn't always considered to be the most stylish. It certainly isn't the most unique wall material. But, there are many different types of stucco finishes, and it remains to be a very popular choice for property owners (both residential and commercial) who value durability and functionality. With modern application techniques, it can also be supremely stylish. Here are some different types of stucco that you should consider.

Stucco Finishes

Most stucco products have a solid, consistent texture. That is, the stucco grains are spread out to be random, but flat. This just means that surface doesn't have any unique patterns or distinct differences from spot to spot. Such stucco finishes are the cheapest and most common because the application is basic. If you want something with a little more with a more unique look, there are different finishes that can be created. These unique finishes are applied by the installer. Usually, the exact same product is used. The stucco can be watered down, even dried out, to affect what the texture looks like when it is finished.

Lace and Dash Finishes

For example, if you spray on stucco, and don't smooth it out with a trowel at all, it is called a "dash" finish. A "lace" finish is created by spraying the wall with texture and then flattening it with a trowel. This still leaves behind some of the original dash texture.

Sand, Worm, and Rock Finishes

"Sand" and "rock" are stucco finishes that have aggregate sand or rock mixed into it. These create a rougher texture that feels more like sandpaper. "Worm" finishes are created by adding a special round sand to the mixture. Creates a flat outer surface, with small indentations that have a rough texture.

Trowel Design and Patterns

Lastly, there are endless ways that you can create patterns and designs in your stucco walls using the trowel. There is no right or wrong technique, but most people just do it freehand. Using circular motions, as opposed to scraping away in straight lines, will create very different textures.

When it comes to choosing the best stucco finish for your building, it is really just a matter of personal preference. However, some techniques are more complicated, so they cost more to apply. For more information, contact a company like NORTHWEST PERFORMANCE PAINTING.