Over time we have customers ask questions that you too might have. Below are several that we think you will find helpful. Don't see your question? No problem, contact us and we will get you an answer.
What's the Difference between Stucco, Plaster, and EIFS?
Plaster is the general term for a material applied to an interior wall surface in a thin layer. Moreover, people often use the word "plastering" to describe the act of applying various materials to a wall surface. We call the mixture of cement, lime, sand, and water "stucco." Finally, some refer to exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) as "synthetic" stucco, but that would be an incorrect label. EIFS adds unique layer under the stucco that acts as an insulated barrier against moisture. Adhesive or fasteners connect the barrier to the insulation board, which creates a drainage plane for water. The installer then applies stucco over the top of the mesh.
How Long Does Stucco Last?
We are often asked questions about stucco lifespan. Done well, stucco can easily last 20-40 years or longer.
Does Stucco Require Curing?
Any cement-based materials, such as concrete driveways and stucco, require time to cure. The curing process allows the newly- poured or applied mixture to be set after maintaining an appropriate temperature for a set amount of time. The process produces hydration and ensures a solid bond.
Can You Apply Stucco in Cold Weather?
Here in San Diego we are lucky to have consistent temperatures compared to other parts of the country. That said you shouldn't apply stucco in temperatures lower than 40 degrees. Anything lower than that causes bonding to become problematic. However, it's possible to heat the mixture and the water that's applied. On the other hand, a professional installer knows not to heat the materials too hot. After installation, the temperature should remain above freezing for a solid 48 hours.
Does Stucco Come in Various Colors?
A wonderful aspect of stucco is the wide variety of colors and finishes available to you. You can paint stucco, but you can also add tint to the mixture itself or buy it pre-mixed. When painting over the top of plaster, ensure the paint is cement-based.
How Do I Maintain and Extend the Life of Stucco?
It is encouraged to have a stucco inspection performend every 4-7 years to ensure everything is structurally sound, and that there is no intrusion of moisture. We also recommend you to wash down the house every year or so, and take a look around the exterior to note any cracks or staining. Maintenance is often the key to longevity.
Can You Apply Stucco over Brick?
Yes, you can apply stucco over brick. Done right, it's a cost-effective option that revitalizes the exterior finish and improves water resistance insulation. However, painted brick involves extra steps. For instance, you should scrape, use water pressure, or sandblast the brick to remove the paint. You may also want to consider a bonding agent. It should take two to three coats to do the trick.