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Our Stucco Repair Process

Applying stucco involves several steps to ensure a proper and durable finish. Here's a general overview of the stucco application process from start to finish:



Surface Preparation:


Clean the surface: Ensure that the substrate (such as wood, masonry, or metal) is clean and free from dust, dirt, and debris. This promotes proper adhesion of the stucco.



Repair:


Repair any damaged areas: Patch and repair any cracks, holes, or imperfections on the surface. This step ensures a smooth and even stucco application.



Installation of Flashing and Weatherproofing:


Install proper flashing: Apply flashing materials around windows, doors, and other openings to prevent water infiltration and direct moisture away from the structure.


Apply weather-resistant barrier: Install a weather-resistant barrier, such as building paper or house wrap, to provide an additional layer of protection against moisture.



Scratch Coat Application:


Mix the stucco: Prepare the stucco mixture by combining cement, sand, and water according to the manufacturer's instructions. The scratch coat is usually a mixture with a rougher texture.


Apply the scratch coat: Using a trowel, apply the scratch coat to the prepared surface. This is the base coat that provides a key for the subsequent layers. It is scratched to create a rough texture for better adhesion of the next layer.



Brown Coat Application:


Mix and apply the brown coat: Mix the stucco for the brown coat, which is slightly smoother than the scratch coat. Though it is gray in color, it is mainly known as a brown coat. Apply the brown coat over the scratch coat to create a uniform surface. This layer is used to build thickness and further prepare the surface.



Application of Finish Coat:


Mix the finish coat: Prepare the stucco mixture for the finish coat. The finish coat contains finer aggregates for a smoother texture.


Apply the finish coat: Apply the finish coat using a trowel. This is where the desired texture and appearance are achieved. Depending on the chosen finish, the stucco can be troweled, swirled, or otherwise manipulated to create the desired pattern.




Curing and Drying:


Allow the stucco to cure: Stucco requires time to cure and harden. It's important to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for curing time to ensure the stucco develops proper strength.


Moisture management: During the curing process, it's essential to protect the stucco from excessive moisture. Avoid rain or water exposure until the stucco is fully cured.


Optional Painting or Sealing:

  • Once the stucco has cured, you can choose to paint it with exterior-grade paint to achieve the desired color and enhance protection.

  • Alternatively, you can apply a clear sealant further to protect the stucco from moisture and environmental elements.

  • Remember, the specific details of the stucco application process can vary based on factors such as climate, stucco type, and the project's specific requirements. Working with experienced stucco professionals is recommended to ensure a successful and long-lasting stucco installation.




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