Stucco is a popular choice for exterior finishes due to its durability and versatility. Stucco contractors play a crucial role in the installation process, ensuring a high-quality and long-lasting stucco application. Here is an overview of how stucco contractors install stucco.
The first step is to prepare the surface where the stucco will be applied. Contractors clean the surface by removing any dirt, debris, or loose material. They may also repair any existing damage or cracks to ensure a solid foundation for the stucco.
The scratch coat is the first layer of stucco that provides a base for the subsequent layers. Contractors mix the stucco material with water and apply it to the surface using a trowel. They create a textured surface by scratching the coat with a rake or comb-like tool, allowing the next layer to adhere properly.
The brown coat is the second layer of stucco. Using a trowel, contractors mix the stucco material with water and apply it over the scratch coat. They ensure a smooth and even surface, maintaining the desired thickness and shape.
The finish coat is the final layer of stucco that adds texture and aesthetic appeal. Contractors mix the stucco material with water and apply it over the brown coat using a trowel. They may use various techniques to create the desired texture, such as stippling, swirling, or sponge finish. Once the stucco is applied, contractors allow it to cure and dry.