Stucco is an important building material used in many construction applications. Stucco has been around for centuries and its main ingredients are sand, lime, cement and water. There are many different ways to mix stucco based on several factors including a specific look that is desired, what kind of structure it is for and the weather conditions at the location. Generally, stucco is applied over masonry, wood or steel framed walls. When applying directly over masonry block or brick in most cases you do not have to use paper or wire. The first step is to wash down the wall after drying, then apply weld Crete adhesive for to bond new stucco.
The first coat is called the scratch coat and after it cures for approximately 3 days, we will then apply the brown coat to a float finish. Total thickness of the 2 coats is approximately ¾ – 1” inch depending on the straightness of the original wall. When applying stucco over wood or steel framed walls cover the framing with plywood or OSB. Cover the OSB with building paper to insure that moisture does not seep in. The next step is to attach a wire lath over the surface of the wall and finally apply the stucco using three coats that are called, scratch, brown and finish.
The finish coat is applied carefully to insure a non blemished look with the desired texture required by the contractor or home owner. There are many different ways to apply stucco that render many different textures and looks. The limestone finish is the most popular finish in stucco applications, which is made by Dryvit systems. If you require a certain type of texture in your stucco job make sure you employ experts that specialize in stucco and plastering. Contact Maurice Kirwan for professional stucco service.