San Diego’s rich history of stucco construction is reflected in our architecture and buildings. The early Spanish missionaries brought the stucco-building technique to California, and it’s been a popular choice ever since. Stucco is made from local materials – Portland cement, sand, water, and lime, and it’s very versatile. It can be used for both interior and exterior walls and tinted to any color.
Advantages of stucco homes. Durability. Stucco is resistant to fire, rot, mold, impact, and termite infestation. The finish on stucco homes can last up to 100 years. Sustainability. The ingredients for stucco finishes come from local, sustainable sources. Sound resistance. Stucco siding buffers sound coming from outside your home.
Stucco Construction a Brief History
One of the most common, traditional building styles is greatly misunderstood. Stucco, a material that is similar to plastering, has become an efficient, durable process that is prevalent in the United States from the mid-1800’s forward to today. Because stucco looks similar to adobe, it tends to be most popular in states that are highly influenced by Spanish and Mexican architecture. Of course, this includes California, (as well as Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and Florida).
Many people think of stucco as being the poor man’s brick thinking that it is only used by those who cannot afford a better building material. This simply is not true. Some of the most beautiful and luxurious new homes and hotels are being built with stucco. It gives an Old-World look to the building while providing huge advantages over other siding choices.
About Stucco Style
Stucco buildings have been around far longer than you think. They originated in ancient times with Greek and Roman cultures that created stucco surfaces to paint beautiful frescoes. These surfaces were made by combining gypsum, marble dust and glue.
During the Age of Renaissance, stucco techniques were honed by the Italians and spread throughout Europe becoming one of the most common building materials. It wasn’t until the late-1800’s that builders and masons stopped using lime-based stucco in lieu of the newly popular Portland cement. This cement made stucco a harder, more durable material.
Stucco gained acceptance in the United States in the 19th century and the word was commonly used at this time to describe exterior plastering. When the Spanish Colonial Revival-style building became so popular in the early 20th century, stucco gained a permanent foothold on US architecture and is even more popular today because of it’s proven durability, low maintenance requirements, natural resistance to the elements, minimal impact on our ecology, and fire resistant characteristics.
Maintain Your Stucco
Stucco is a durable material that can last for centuries, but it does require some maintenance. Over time, the color can fade and the stucco can crack. That’s where Nurse Stucco comes in. We’re experts in stucco repair, and we can match the color and texture of your existing stucco.