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We carry out workings like:

  • trims
  • plasters
  • columns
  • entrances
  • fireplaces
  • reconditioning and repairs for plasters
  • Exterior Repair and Replacement
  • Other services

European Stucco has become one of today's most fashionable wall finishes. European Stucco (Real Stucco), or mortar, is a building material used since Roman times. Traditional hard stucco provides a tough exterior that resists the attacks from woodpeckers to weed whackers. That inherent toughness is beautifully complemented by the variety of colors and textures available. Appearance is an important consideration in selecting a wall cladding. Cement stucco can be applied to any flat or curved surface either inside or outside. It's always wise to have a professional inspection before purchasing a stucco-sided home, or you want to repair deteriorate stucco.

In our stucco technique, there are no limitations to the number of strata, the way they are laid out, their texture or mixture of textures, the colors or shades, or to the design possibilities. We can use stucco as decorative wall finish, in unexpected and exquisite colors and textures, and we can use stucco to create art - from decorative panels to large-scale mural art. European stucco (Real stucco) is like a natural skin for the wall, which can "breathe" through it: because it is porous and not waterproof, even if it absorbs moisture, real stucco dries easily, without damage to the structure. Because of its ingredients, real stucco is fire retardant. And best of all, real stucco is abrasion-resistant and very difficult to damage.

 

EIFS stands for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems. The product is also called synthetic stucco, and refers to a multi-layered exterior finish that's been used in European construction since shortly after World War II, when contractors found it to be a good repair choice for buildings damaged during the war.

There are three layers to EIFS:

  • Inner Layer Foam insulation board that's secured to the exterior wall surface, often with adhesive.
  • Middle Layer A polymer and cement base coat that's applied to the top of the insulation, then reinforced with glass fiber mesh.
  • Exterior Layer A textured finish coat.

 

Portland cement plaster (sometimes called traditional stucco) should not be confused with the exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS) or synthetic stucco systems that have become popular but more recently have been the subject of controversy as a result of performance problems, including water leakage and low impact resistance. One way to tell the difference between synthetic stucco and stucco is to simply push on the wall. If it gives a little, it is likely EIFS. Real stucco with its layer of thick cement is usually rigid. Generally, EIFS is resistant to fading, chalking, or yellowing, so painting is not required. Furthermore, the color is throughout the top coat so even if the surface is scratched, the same color appears. EIFS is also more resistant to mold and mildew than some other types of siding.

 

Even if we talk about Art or about repairs of the house, we offer you a service to your liking.

Stucco & Termites - The Problems...
Many homes finished in Synthetic Stucco (EIFS, Dryvit, etc.) were done with the stucco terminating BELOW grade. Small cracks in the bottom of the seal (if there is any seal at all) invites termites to freely and easily eat through the polyurethane foam and into the studs, baseplates, windows and any other wood in the home. Because they are invisible from the outside, protected from detection by the stucco finish, they often aren't detected until they appear in swarms inside the house!
 
The Stucco Solution...
The BEST solution is to have an experienced professional trench, as needed, around the house where the stucco terminates below grade. Have them neatly cut the stucco 4-6 inches above ground level and remove it from the foundation. They should then seal the bottom of the cut to the foundation with adhesive basecoat, making it impossible for termites to re-enter. The exposed foundation can then be refinished and/or painted below the cut to match the house if the homeowner requests it.

*credit for parts of the informations are granted to http://architecture.about.com, http://en.wikipedia.org

   
 
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