The Stucco Process


Before You Stucco Your Home


1. Have your roof completed.


2. Notify roofing company to properly install flashing because you are doing stucco next.


3. Request gutter company to inspect problems or flashing.


4. Replace windows 1st if you had planned to do so. (Not required).


5. Install new doors 1st if you had planned to do so. (Not required).

Stucco Repair


Cracks and peeling can be very important to address. If you can fit a dime into the crack, you might want to consider calling a stucco pro for an estimate.


Choosing Stucco



Acrylic Stucco


What kind of stucco is right for your project?


What is Acrylic Stucco?


Acrylic stucco can also be referred to as synthetic stucco, or stucco finish and a number of different terms. This stucco is made from acrylic resins and polymers, crush quarts and sand. Unlike traditional stucco, these are wet based mixes.




If the cost for synthetic stucco is higher than traditional stucco, then what are the benefits?


You can achieve many different textures with acrylic products.




Colors are one of acrylics strong points because they are rich, vibrant, and very consistent. There are so many colors to choose from and they differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. When choosing acrylic stucco you wont get color fading and will have a longer lasting product. There are also many textures to choose from.




Different Acrylic Texture Finishes


This material repels water and is described as water resistant. Acrylic is suitable for one coat, three coat and EIFS stucco applications.






  • This type of material is resistant to hairline cracks, mainly because of its elasticity and ability to stretch.
  • Colors are bright and vibrant and there is virtually no color variation from bucket to bucket.
  • Can be mixed using a drill with a paddle mixing attachment and does not require a mixer.
  • Finish can be painted in the future if you ever wanted to change the color.





  • The cost for acrylics is much higher when compared to a cement based finish, due to the polymers used in the material.
  • Requires a little more skill to apply because it dries quite a bit faster than the traditional finish does.



The Installation Process, In A Nutshell.


Basically the one or three coat system consists of paper, wire lath, a scratch coat, a brown coat and a finish, or “top” coat. This is why it is called a one coat or three coat system, lath, scratch and brown. The finish coat is not considered a step because it is needed on every type of application that is used, so this is mainly referring to the stages up until the finish coat.


Traditional Stucco


 Made Out Of: It’s main ingredients are cement, sand (white usually), lime and water.



Coverage: A 90 lb. bag can cover approximately 100-180 square feet, depending on the base coat, type of finish, and application techniques.




Textures: There is really no limit to the number of textures that you can achieve with traditional stucco. Textures range from smooth finishes to rough ones and everything in between. Different-sized sand is used to achieve a wide range of textures.




Colors: Since this is a cement-based product, the color tends to not be as bright as acrylics, nor as consistent and are limited to the stucco color charts. Each batch of stucco that is mixed will differ slightly and it is much harder to keep a consistent color with this product. The color is a powder and comes in a small bag or carton.




How To Apply: The walls are given a thorough soaking with water, in order to increase the working time and to ensure that the finish adheres to the substrate adequately. Like the acrylics, it is applied using a hawk and trowel or can be sprayed on and is then troweled down tighter, for a uniform coat. Additional techniques are used to achieve specific textures after that.




Other Characteristics:


Does not repel water, but actually absorbs it and then eventually works its way out and dries out. Traditional can be used as one coat and three coat applications stucco applications






  • The price of the material is quite a bit lower than synthetics and can really save you money for larger projects.
  • This material is very versatile and there really is no limit to the number of textures that can be achieved.
  • The material can be found nearly everywhere.





  • Usually when you mix this material, you will want to mix enough bags for an entire wall, so there is minimal color variation, which requires a mixer.
  • The color can change due to too much water, not enough, different application methods, etc.
  • It requires additional mud stands and boards to hold the material, which isn’t required for acrylics.