Depend Exteriors – Essentials

For several decades, stucco has been used to cover and decorate external and interior walls and ceilings. For most new building and remodelling or renovation projects, stucco is available in hundreds of textures, thousands of colours and is currently the cladding of choice. Visit us for great deals in Depend Exteriors
Hard Coat Stucco and EIFSS are the two major types of external stucco that cover hundreds of different structures (Exterior Insulation and Finish System). The chosen method for residential or multifamily construction is Hard Coat Stucco, and as it is more economical, it is increasingly used for commercial projects. EIFS is used most often for industrial construction projects, but is also often used for high-end custom homes.
Hard Coat Stucco is typically applied in 2-3 coats with a base coat of cement. One Coat Stucco and Three Coat Stucco are two frequently used hard coat stucco systems. Two layers of a cement foundation and one finish coat are made of typical Three Coat Stucco. One Coat Stucco is basically a two-coat process but instead of two base coats it consists of one cementitious base coat with one finish coat. In the last few decades, simply because of the cost, One Coat Stucco has become much more common. The materials used and the application process are exactly the same for both systems, with the exception of taking less steps and less time for One Coat Stucco. While Three Coat Stucco is usually stronger and will crack less in most situations, the design capacity and efficiency of the two systems are also the same.
The application of the finish coat of both hard coat systems is the same. There are various choices for finishing, but they can be consolidated into a few categories: Incorporated Stucco, Painted Stucco, and Acrylic Finishes. The common option for much of the 20th century was coloured cement finishes or “coloured stucco” over Three Coat Stucco. It’s basically a mixture of cement, lime, pigment and sand. It is inexpensive and easy to apply, but the finish is almost guaranteed to crack if the base coat cracks. Colored stucco is easy to stain, difficult to fix and allows water to flow through it freely (which can be good or bad depending on what part of the country the system is applied within). Usually, it is applied by hand and can produce almost every imaginable finish.
Painted Stucco has been around for almost as long, and today most of the finishes are used. Painted Stucco is less the colour of the same mixture of materials, but it is applied the same and all the textures that integrally coloured stucco can achieve. With Painted Stucco, the final step is the application of paint. The paint would look more vivid and is simpler to repair, or what others prefer to call “coating”. There are vast colour choices and it is important that a stucco paint of good quality is used. The most desired stucco finish today is Acrylic Stucco or Acrylic Finish. This system is called Synthetic Stucco by others, which is very accurate since it is a synthetic finish, but it is not a synthetic system.