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Traditional stucco is a cement mixture used for
siding, usually on Mission or other Spanish
style homes. 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.
This framework is then covered with the stucco
mixture. Sometimes, the cement mix is applied
directly to specially prepared masonry surfaces.
Although stucco-sided homes became popular in
twentieth century America, the concept of using
cement mixtures in architecture goes back to
ancient times. Wall frescoes by ancient Greeks
and Romans were painted on fine-grained hard
plaster surfaces made of gypsum, marble dust and
Stucco techniques were elaborated by the
Italians during the Renaissance and spread
through Europe. This marble dust compound could
be molded into decorative shapes, polished to a
sheen or painted. Many homes built after the
1950s use a variety of synthetic materials which
resemble stucco. Mock stucco siding is often
composed of foam insulation board or cement
panels secured to the walls. Although synthetic
stucco may look authentic, real stucco tends to
be heavier. Walls made of genuine stucco sound
solid when tapped and will be less likely to
suffer damage from a hard blow. Also, genuine
stucco holds up well in wet conditions. Although
it is porous and will absorb moisture, it will
dry easily, without damage to the structure.
One type of synthetic stucco
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.
We do Stucco and we do it right!
We can stucco your new home. We can re-stucco
your older Gastonia NC home and make it look new! We can stucco over
your wood siding to create a hard, energy efficient, and beautiful new stucco
exterior. We lath and plaster new Gastonia NC homes and additions, and fix all
types of patches, We do both 3- coat systems and 2 coat systems. We can provide
conventional or acrylic finishes in many different textures to either match or
change the appearance of your house. We also specialize in applying styrotrim
(Stucco coated stryrofoam moulding) around windows and doors or to add accents
anywhere you want them.
We offer the following services:
Lath and Plaster
Lath and Stucco
Precast Architectural details
Blasting and Restucco
& Commercial Specialists
Acrylic Plastering Applications
Polished Plaster App.
Lagoon Pools and Spas
and Consultations Available
of pre-manufactured or custom precast fireplace surrounds and mantels
Stucco Expansion Joints
The following picture shows an example of a home with
proper expansion joints. Expansion Joints are installed into the stucco when the
house is built. Both vertical and horizontal joints are applied at each window
and door. This procedure will prevent the stucco from cracking.
Do you have stucco cracks, bulges or even
stucco falling off of your Gastonia NC house?
This may mean you have rotten wood under the stucco. We
can help! Whether you have hardcoat or synthetic stucco (EIFS - Exterior
Insulation & Finish System) We can correct the problem. Water intrusion beneath
the stucco causes the rotting wood. This can happen where the roof line meets a
vertical wall, or through cracks in the stucco which can be caused when the
We do stucco chimney repair and repair bird
Stucco Bottom Cut
During construction of a home the stucco
exterior is installed prior to installation of concrete driveways,
sidewalks, porches or steps. When this procedure is followed the
stucco will be behind and below the concrete. If, at this time, the
stucco is not finished and sealed correctly it will be in contact
with the soil under the concrete. This condition can create an easy
passage for termite infestation and insects. Rotting wood and/or
termite infestation can be a result. To prevent this problem we do a
procedure called Stucco Cut Back, or Stucco Cut at Ground Level. We
remove the stucco on a 45° angle, reseal and waterproof the bottom
edge. Fiberglass mesh is installed and the area is skimmed and
refinished. A decorative trim band can be installed in all areas
where concrete, stone or brick contacts the stucco. This procedure
complements the overall exterior design of your home. It gives a
finished, well manicured look to the area which was repaired as
shown in the pictures below.
Stucco Behind & Below the Stone
Bottom Cut & New Trimband Complete
Stucco in contact with concrete, prior to
a bottom cut.
After the Bottom Cut with a Trimband