Stucco is a durable exterior coating. Many people think stucco is an exterior siding while plaster is considered to be an interior finish.
The framework of wooden walls covered with tar paper and chicken wire, covered with stucco mixture.
Tradition stucco provides tough exterior; this toughness is complemented by a variety of colors and textures.
Stucco’s finish possibilities are infinite. Stucco’s color is determined by selecting cement and aggregate color.
Stucco’s texture can be achieved by selecting aggregate size, using special treatment techniques during and after application of the finish coat plaster.
- Water resistant
- Can have unlimited colors and textures
- Durable, tough and enduring
- Versatile in design
The concept of using stucco in architecture goes back to ancient times. The ancient Greeks and Romans painted their wall frescoes on fine-grained hard plaster surface (made from gypsum, glue and marble dust).
The Italians elaborated stucco techniques during the Renaissance and then spread to the rest of Europe. This compound has been molded into decorative shapes, polished or painted.
Many homes built after the 1950s use synthetic materials which resemble stucco. Synthetic stucco may look authentic, real stucco tends to be heavier. Walls made of genuine stucco will less likely suffer damage; also it holds will in wet conditions. Stucco will absorb moisture but will dry easily without any damage to the structure.