Appearance matters in many aspects of our lives, for it, affects how people see us. We apply it in many aspects of our life, like ourselves and our homes. Homeowners mostly want to stucco the exterior or interior of their homes to give it a nice texture. It is quite popular as it is a breeze to maintain, but upgrades the house’s look. You might consider having to stucco your walls, ceilings, or others. Here are tips to help you.

Weather

Check the weather forecast for the period that you are planning to do the project. The best is to do it on days with low wind and a temperature of 10°C to 16°C. Do not continue if it is too hot or too cold.

Material

Different ways are for applying stucco on different materials. It may be a stud wall or concrete.

 If you are planning to do it on a plywood, cover it with at least 2 layers of “Grade D” building paper. Make sure to have an air gap to prevent rot, and fasten them with roofing nails. Install casing bead, weep screed at the base, metal lath to the studs, and control joints.

If you are going to apply stucco on concrete, make sure that it is roughly textured and absorbent. Make sure to wet the surface first before applying the first coat.

Process:

Scratch Coat

To mix the scratch coat, use 1 part cement material, 2 1/4 to 4 parts plaster sand, and lime, if you are using Portland cement. Use the same amounts for both stud wall and cement walls. Add enough water to allow you to trowel the mixture. Make sure that it will not sag.

Apply the coat evenly with about 3/8 inch thickness for stud walls, and 1/4 inch thick for concrete. Score it lightly and horizontally. For the stud wall, you have to let it wet cure for 48 hours.

Brown Coat

Mix 1 part cement and 3 to 5 parts sand to make the brown coat. You may apply it after the scratch coat finishes curing. Let it wet cure for 7 days. The amounts are the same for both types of walls. However, for the concrete wall, you may apply it after 4 to 5 hours. Then, allow to wet cure for 48 hours.

Finish Coat

For the finish coat, mix 1 part cement and 1 1/2 to 3 parts sand. You may add a pigment so it is colored or paint over it after it cures for at least 7 days. Apply it about 1/8 inch thick. The same amounts are applied. You may use a texture roller if you are not experienced. 

If you think you have to add texture to improve your home, don’t be afraid to stucco your walls and get the satisfaction you need. It will surely improve the overall look of your home just because of the new texture added by the stucco. Your home will surely leave an impression.