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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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) [...]
Yes, you can change the color of your stucco. Although stucco is like many other masonry surfaces and can be painted over with exterior acrylic masonry paints, WE DO NOT RECOMMEND PAINTING IN ORDER TO CHANGE COLOR. Stucco is designed to breathe and when painting over stucco, even with the newer exterior acrylic masonry paints, [...]
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 [...]
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.
Yes, new stucco can be applied and textured over an existing stucco finish. This is called recoating and re-stuccoing, and we specialize in this application.
From start to finish, a sandblast and re-stucco job is normally completed in under 2 weeks. This is due in part to the need for the stucco to cure between the application of the base coat, brown coat, and color coats, as well as the time to set up and take down equipment on the [...]