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Using stucco can add a certain quality and distinction to any home; making it more elegant. Stucco like plaster, can be crafted into some magnificent architectural creations on the outside of your home or building; replacing or covering over your existing bricks, siding, or exterior wall cladding. Hiring a professional exterior stucco applicator will save you from using inferior materials or wasting your money on inadequate insulation.

Using stucco can add a certain quality and distinction to any home; making it more elegant. Stucco like plaster, can be crafted into some magnificent architectural creations on the outside of your home or building; replacing or covering over your existing bricks, siding, or exterior wall cladding. Hiring a professional exterior stucco applicator will save you from using inferior materials or wasting your money on inadequate insulation.

Most buildings and even some homes when stuccoed use a common commercial installation process. Here is where it matters to your home's energy expenses. The insulation that is used before the stucco is applied can be of two kinds, a rigid Styrofoam insulation that has very little R value; or a rigid R-20 product that can save you about 20% on your monthly heating or cooling bills!

The things to watch out for are the existing windows and doors on the exterior walls of the home. Are they flush with the existing walls, are they recessed, or do they jut out a few inches? This will tell you what to do around the windows and doors. Some may require some form of capping afterwards, or building-out with wood trim; depending on the profile and features you want to create; including, most importantly, the best way to create a sealed-in moisture resistant/air-tight system.

30 % of heat loss from a home is from air infiltration; mainly around doors, windows, and other cracks on the exterior walls. The idea is to seal up your home by making it weather tight around all these areas. Most experts agree, that before stuccoing, consider applying an R-20 rigid insulation; installed with a vapor barrier over top. A DuPont product called Tyvak can be used for example, making sure all the joints and seams are properly taped, to insure a permanent seal. Your stucco contractor should be able to recommend the most suitable insulation for your home and homes' profile.

Stucco can be sprayed-on, troweled-on or even sponged-on; to create fancy swirls and to accentuate your existing mouldings or trim work with a one-of-a-kind textured stucco creation. What you can do with stucco is up to you and your home's needs. It is manufactured to be extremely versatile; and can come in powder form in bags, or in coloured pre-mixed pails; customized paint can also be added to some stucco mixtures, as they are being mixed on site.

These days, contractors and homeowners alike use stucco and its flexible textured quality as a form of low-cost exterior cladding; that also happens to have great insulation value. The energy savings can be in the thousands of dollars per year, depending on the size of your home or property. Be aware that some homeowners and contractors use it as an inexpensive ‘cover-all', going over the eroding or cracking existing walls' materials; in place of removal! This is a dangerous practice, as it may inadvertently be covering up serious structural problems causing the cracks or the apparent deficiencies in the first place.

Most buildings and even some homes when stuccoed use a common commercial installation process. Here is where it matters to your home's energy expenses. The insulation that is used before the stucco is applied can be of two kinds, a rigid Styrofoam insulation that has very little R value; or a rigid R-20 product that can save you about 20% on your monthly heating or cooling bills!

The things to watch out for are the existing windows and doors on the exterior walls of the home. Are they flush with the existing walls, are they recessed, or do they jut out a few inches? This will tell you what to do around the windows and doors. Some may require some form of capping afterwards, or building-out with wood trim; depending on the profile and features you want to create; including, most importantly, the best way to create a sealed-in moisture resistant/air-tight system.

30 % of heat loss from a home is from air infiltration; mainly around doors, windows, and other cracks on the exterior walls. The idea is to seal up your home by making it weather tight around all these areas. Most experts agree, that before stuccoing, consider applying an R-20 rigid insulation; installed with a vapor barrier over top. A DuPont product called Tyvak can be used for example, making sure all the joints and seams are properly taped, to insure a permanent seal. Your stucco contractor should be able to recommend the most suitable insulation for your home and homes' profile.

Stucco can be sprayed-on, troweled-on or even sponged-on; to create fancy swirls and to accentuate your existing mouldings or trim work with a one-of-a-kind textured stucco creation. What you can do with stucco is up to you and your home's needs. It is manufactured to be extremely versatile; and can come in powder form in bags, or in coloured pre-mixed pails; customized paint can also be added to some stucco mixtures, as they are being mixed on site.

These days, contractors and homeowners alike use stucco and its flexible textured quality as a form of low-cost exterior cladding; that also happens to have great insulation value. The energy savings can be in the thousands of dollars per year, depending on the size of your home or property. Be aware that some homeowners and contractors use it as an inexpensive ‘cover-all', going over the eroding or cracking existing walls' materials; in place of removal! This is a dangerous practice, as it may inadvertently be covering up serious structural problems causing the cracks or the apparent deficiencies in the first place.

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