Northern Home Design, LLC

Stucco~EFIS

Home owners don’t choose stucco over vinyl siding just because it’s energy efficient and pristine in looks. Stucco siding is basically maintenance free and can survive life’s blows! This is not the same stucco of the 50′s. With technological advances in stucco materials, the cement mix is much stronger. Even though it may have been strong enough, there are historic homes two centuries old still in good condition.
There are many choices to choose from when picking a stucco finish. Most popular are synthetic finishes which are acrylic based. Acrylic based finishes (seen mostly on commercial buildings) has now taken over the residential housing market.

Traditional Stucco:

As a building material, stucco is a durable, attractive, and weather-resistant wall covering. It was traditionally used as both an interior and exterior finish applied in one or two thin layers directly over a solid masonry, brick or stone surface. The finish coat usually contained an integral color and was typically textured for appearance.

Modern Stucco:

Modern stucco is used as an exterior cement plaster wall covering. It is usually a mix of sand, Portland cement, lime and water, but may also consist of a proprietary mix of additives including fibers and synthetic acrylics that add strength and flexibility.[2] Modern synthetic stucco can be applied as one base layer and a finish layer, which is thinner and faster to apply, compared to the traditional application of three-coat stucco.