Stucco’s popularity has regained a resurgence recently due to its sustainability, architectural style, and timeless handcrafted beauty. With the application of Stucco, a home can be completely transformed without making any costly changes to its structure.
So, what is Stucco?
Stucco is a durable decorative finish for walls, fences, or feature applications. It is very robust in fact, requires low maintenance, attractive, and weather resistant. Another factor, when applied to your home exterior it offers a layer of insulation creating additional energy efficiency.
Stucco is predominately used as exterior finish, and applied in layers over solid masonry, brick, or stone surface. The final coat can contain colour and is finished with an artistic texture creating an aesthetic beauty. These artistic texture finishes are considered a signature design of the applicator, and the applicator is literally signing their piece of art.
Get Stoned – Roughcast and Pebbledash
There are other ways to create interest and depth to a stucco finish… introducing Roughcast, (Wet Dash), and Pebbledash, (Dry Dash).
Roughcast and Pebbledash are a coarse decorative finish on outside walls that consist of lime and sometimes cement mixed with sand, small gravel, pebbles and even shells.
To create a Roughcast finish, the materials, gravel, pebbles, lime are mixed into a slurry and are then thrown at the working surface with a trowel or scoop. The texture can then be modified by wet or dry brushing as the surface firms up. Pebbledash on the other hand, smooth coats of (render are applied) and the pebbles are thrown at the wet final coat and pressed into the surface. The result is wall covered with pronounced small, smooth pebbles.
Both processes the applicator requires to maintain an even spread, without missing any background. As the Stucco is physically thrown at a wall, you can imagine the process can be messy and requires heavy taping up and protecting of other surfaces not part of the application.
Bit of History
Stucco has been around for centuries, originating in ancient times through Greek and Roman Cultures. During the Age of Renaissance, the Stucco techniques were taken steps further and honed by the Italians, spreading throughout Europe to become the most common building material used to decorate homes.
The Stucco pathway to Australia arrived with our British connection in a modern sense in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as a form of solid plastering.
Stucco handcrafted by Render Revolution
In any decorative finish, Stucco is considered an art form, and there are not many Stucco Artisans able to recreate modern applications of yesteryear. Pleasing to note, Ariel from Render Revolution can turn your abode into a Stucco piece of art. Contact Render Revolution for your next Stucco Brisbane Project.