Ever wonder how a stucco system works? How they get the color on it? How the different textures work? What’s under that finish coat anyways? Well, let me show you.
Everyone knows that the best part about a stucco system is the low maintenance aspect of it. But how is it low maintenance? If you look beyond the finish coat, you’ll see a cement based mortar product as the base. This is known as a ‘hard coat’ system, and in my opinion, the best system. If you’ve ever heard of nightmare stories about wood peckers pecking into the sides of stucco homes, it’s generally due to the use of a system known as an EIFS system – or Exterior Insulation and Finish System. This system uses insulation panels – Styrofoam – under the finish coat. There usually is a thin cement mortar in there as well, but woodpeckers don’t seem to let that deter them from sounding off on the side of your home.
A hard coat system, on the other hand, uses a cement product as the base coat – generally 3/8 of an inch thick, that deters Mother Nature’s more destructive creatures from trying to live inside of it. This durability has a unique process, just watch for yourself…