Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Asheville NC Custom Builder shares on Stucco

Stucco is really just another word for Portland cement plaster, which is made by mixing Portland cement-based materials, water, sand, and certain aggregates. The plaster is then sprayed on or applied to the homes exterior in two or three coats, until it reaches a specified thickness. Stucco can be applied directly to a concrete or masonry substrate, or to a metal lath attached to construction framing. A water-resistant building paper typically separates the stucco from framing or sheathing. As an Award Winning Asheville NC Custom Home Builder we use a variety of exterior home finishes including stucco on some of our custom Arts & Crafts style mountain homes.

Textured stucco is achieved in two ways, either by altering aggregate sizes in the mix or by manipulating the texture during application. Hand-textured stucco is a blend of artistry and craft, so it is best to see examples of the applicators work before you hire an applicator. The color and texture of stuccos finish coat is achieved by adding color pigments to the mixture, using colored or tinted cement, or by using a colored finish or final coat. As with many exterior or siding products, stucco can get dirty. When dirt and grime collect on a stucco surface, a garden hose and household cleaning detergent can do the trick. Advantage Development Co. is an Asheville NC Builder that has over twenty years of experience with applying stucco textures to the exteriors of our many custom homes built over the years. Visit us today at http://www.advdevco.com/ to learn more about building custom homes and why we are the choice of many when choosing a custom builder in Asheville.

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