What is Spray Monokote® Fireproofing?

Monokote® is a popular fireproofing material used in office buildings, schools, hospitals, warehouses, and other large buildings that are constructed out of concrete and steel. Resembling wet cement, Monokote® fireproofing spray is applied throughout a building’s interior in order to help prevent structural failure during a high-temperature blaze. In many areas, building codes require [...]


What are common stucco finish textures?

The Technical Service Information Bureau (TSIB) is a trade group in southern California serving the needs of the wall and ceiling industry regarding lath, plaster, and drywall. They have an excellent online resource depicting plaster textures. The 30 textures shown on the site are accompanied by suggested application procedures. This gives material (ingredient) advice, where appropriate, and [...]


Are plaster, stucco, and EIFS the same?

We are often asked if stucco and plaster are the same thing, and if plaster and exterior insulation finishing systems (EIFS) are the same thing.   Short answer is no, but deserves an explanation to understand the differences. Plaster is the general term for material that is applied to a wall surface in a thin layer. Portland [...]


What are some of the advantages of stucco?

Reasonably priced, easy to maintain and aesthetically pleasing, stucco has been a popular siding choice for hundreds of years. With a variety of colors and textures to choose from, stucco works well with any home's exterior. Stucco is a more durable finish and it is also more fire resistant than other types of finishes. Stucco [...]


Why do small cracks appear in stucco finishes?

Another term for this is check cracking. Check cracking in stucco is normal. As stucco cures the water evaporates. This evaporation process causes the stucco to sleightly shrink. As the stucco shrinks the small cracks may start to appear. Environmental factors can increase the likelyness of check cracking. In hot dry weather a light spray(mist) [...]


What’s involved in a restucco of my home?

Your home re-stucco projects start with a careful evaluation of the wall surfaces to identify any areas needing repairs. Next we sandblast to clean and prepare the surface for the new stucco coat, removing about 1/8" of the surface, and make any necessary repairs. Then we apply a thin coat of stucco called a [...]


What if my home is painted?

The existing paint is removed by sandblasting because stucco will not properly bond to a painted surface. We can then proceed to apply a Portland Cement based stucco.

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