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Different Types of Stucco

There are several different types of stucco finishes, each with its own unique texture and appearance. These finishes can be customized to achieve various design styles and architectural looks. Here are some of the most common types of stucco finishes:

Lace or Skip Trowel Finish:

This finish creates a subtle texture resembling delicate lace or a skip trowel pattern. It involves applying the stucco and then lightly skipping a trowel over the surface to create small, irregular patterns.

Santa Fe or Spanish Style Finish:

This finish is characterized by its irregular and undulating texture. It often features curved lines and grooves that create a rustic, handcrafted look reminiscent of traditional Spanish architecture.

Cat Face Finish:

The cat face finish combines smooth areas of stucco with rough patches that resemble the texture of a cat's tongue. This textured finish adds visual interest and depth to the surface.

Dash Finish:

Dash finishes involve throwing small globs of stucco onto the wall and then flattening them with a trowel. The result is a textured finish with a random and coarse appearance.

Rough or Heavy Sand Finish:

This finish is achieved by incorporating larger sand particles into the stucco mix. It creates a rough, grainy texture with a natural, earthy look.

Smooth Finish:

As the name suggests, a smooth finish results in a sleek and polished surface. It is achieved by troweling the stucco mixture to create a flat and even texture.

Pebble Dash Finish:

In this finish, small pebbles or aggregates are mixed into the stucco and thrown onto the wall. The pebbles adhere to the stucco, creating a textured and slightly bumpy surface.

Swirl/Worm Finish:

Swirl finishes use a trowel to create circular or spiral patterns on the stucco surface. This finish adds a touch of elegance and movement to the wall.

Brick or Block Pattern Finish:

This finish imitates the appearance of bricks or blocks by using a trowel to create rectangular or square shapes on the stucco surface. It can give the illusion of a masonry wall.

Venetian Plaster Finish:

While not technically stucco, Venetian plaster is a decorative finish that resembles polished marble. It involves layering tinted plaster and then burnishing it to create a smooth and glossy surface.

Trowel / Sweep Finish:

The trowel finish is the prevailing and favored concrete finishing technique employed in significant projects. Once the concrete has been poured into the formwork and leveled, a trowel is employed to refine and smoothen the concrete surface. Following this, a series of fan-shaped strokes overlap each other, creating slender, elevated ridges where the mortar flows over the trowel's edge.

These are just a few examples of the many stucco finishes available. Each type of finish contributes to the overall aesthetics of a building and can be chosen based on the desired architectural style and design preferences. Working with experienced stucco professionals who can help you achieve the specific finish you're looking for is important.

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