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Stucco can be easily described as one of the fan's favorite compounds when it comes to building material. This is mainly because stucco can be used for a wide range. Stucco can prove to be beneficial in matters such as stylizing the facades as well as for a bit of color pop every here and there in the home exterior or interior.

Yes, you heard it right, stucco is not only used in the house exterior but can also use to stylize the interior of the house. In these instances, it becomes highly pivotal to understand that several stucco types exist.  So, to learn what’s the best type is for you, give this blog a complete read, as it will help you in making a correct decision.

Various Types of Stucco

Mainly there exist two common types of stucco, such as:

  • Traditional Stucco
  • Synthetic Stucco

Traditional Stucco

Traditional stucco is made up of sand, lime, and water. But in recent years stucco is now mixed with cement. Stucco with cement is what promised durability and dependability. If you tend to add lime then stucco will become easier to mold. In some other instances, construction workers do the addition of glass fibers as well as acrylics. This promises the stucco to become stronger and easier to mold.

The stucco that is made up of pure cement is a rather hard material and if we fail to apply lath it will eventually crack. Most of the time people prefer traditional stucco because it is a versatile compound. The exterior can either be roughened or softened. This type of stucco can last up to 50 years when applied properly.

traditional stucco

Synthetic Stucco

This one is quite different from the traditional one as it neither relies on the use of cement nor lime. Synthetic stucco tends to rely on acrylic resin making it a water-resistant compound.

Furthermore, synthetic stucco can be applied without the use of mesh as it dries quickly and in an even manner. As we have discussed previously acrylic resin makes sure that the stucco is less prone to crack and breakage. The same is the case in synthetic stucco as it makes use of acrylic resins.

sythetic stucco

Stucco Lath Types

Nowadays a wide range of wires is purposely used in the stucco. So, let's discuss these different stucco lath types one by one.

Three Coat Stucco Wire

17 Gauge wire or three-coat stucco wire is a rather strong type of stucco lath that is used primarily in a three-coat stucco system. To make sure that the installation is picture-perfect, be mindful of placing the wire in the middle of the base coat.

This one is a furred wire because it allows the gap in which the stucco will then blend in. Three-coat stucco wire is often glamorized so that it can be protected from all types of corrosion.

One Coat Stucco Wire

20 Gauge wire or one coat stucco wire is primarily used in those places where thick coating is not required. One coat stucco wire has a small opening and is a malleable one.

High Rib Lath

High rib lath is a famous stucco lath type as this one is used on ceilings. The design makes sure that the plaster stays in place and that there are minimum chances of possible fallout. In general, high rib lath also resemble an expanded metal lath but it is rather of rigid structure.

Expanded Metal Lath

Expanded metal lath is commonly used in areas where there are patches, transitions, or uneven surfaces. But this one has a smaller pattern. The sheets might not come pre-furred but you can choose to opt for the furred ones as well.

Stucco Paint Types: What Are The Best Choices?

Usually, there are given below types of paints that stucco can withstand.

  • Elastomeric
  • Masonry
  • Acrylic

The need for proper understanding here is that a person should quantify the different types of stucco paints depending on their pros and cons. And then should make a final decision. Proper research and knowing the building materials in these matters are of utmost importance.

Different Stucco Siding Types

As we have discussed above in addition to different stucco types, there also exists a plethora of stucco finishes or stucco siding types that one needs to know.

  • Float or sand
  • Dash
  • Lace and skip
  • English
  • Santa Barbara
  • Cat face
  • Smooth texture
  • Worm

The Bottom Line

Stucco is one of the most commonly used construction materials in the twenty-first century. Its posse's different sorts of benefits, finishes, and applications. Now that you have an idea about different stucco types and associated stuff you can come to a conclusion for your house in a better manner.

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