If the exterior of your Brooklyn, NY, home needs a spruce up, the masonry product stucco is an excellent choice. It not only beautifully transforms the outside appearance of your house, but it also adds both curb appeal and value. Once a feature that distinguished Spanish and Mediterranian architecture, it’s become a staple in modern construction because of its unique properties that are not found in other building materials.
Whether your home’s exterior is wood, stone, concrete, or brick, stucco contractors can give it a bright, new look that stands the test of time. It can also be used for commercial applications.
And if your interior walls are looking shabby, stucco is a great choice to make them look like new. Stucco is a great choice for both outdoor and indoor projects. It is important to know that not all contractors can apply or repair stucco. Since it’s a masonry product, it takes a professional.
In years gone by, stucco was made from sand, lime, and water. Today’s stucco usually is mixed with cement instead of lime for faster drying and greater strength and to make it even more functional. There are also synthetic stucco and a number of different finishes that can be applied by stucco contractors.
Traditional stucco products
The traditional stucco made with lime is easier to mold than that made with concrete and is more flexible, but this makes it less durable. To solve that problem, glass fibers or acrylics are added to increase strength.
Traditional stucco, whether made with lime or cement, is quite versatile and can be smooth, rough, or patterned to match your aesthetic and the style of your home. And, with professional maintenance and repair by your contractor, it can last about 50 years.
Synthetic stucco products
There are synthetic stucco options for outside and inside use on your Brooklyn, NY, home. Before you meet with stucco contractors, it’s good to know your options.
Synthetic stucco, also known as EIFS (external insulation and finishing systems) stucco, replaces the cement and lime with acrylic resin, which makes it more resistant to water damage. It also dries quickly, and the contractor applies it over the foam board. Using acrylic rather than cement makes it more flexible, so it is less likely to crack or break.
EIFS is put on in layers. The first layer is a polystyrene foam board. That is followed with fiberglass mesh and then a finishing coat. Water-resistant barriers or other layers also can be added. It is a great option for waterproofing a commercial building in Brooklyn, NY, and stucco contractors find it easy to apply, so your project goes quickly.
Interior Synthetic Stucco Products
What happens outside also happens inside. Stucco can be applied to the walls inside your home to provide a fix for cracked, pitted, or damaged walls. It is great for every room in the house, from the bedroom to the bathroom. In particular, the foam backing used with synthetic stucco can provide great soundproofing. And just like on the outside, it can be used to cover brick walls.
Another great thing about stucco is that whether it’s inside your house or outside, you can choose different finishes that suit both your style and your aesthetic.
Why Use Stucco for Your Masonry Work Projects?
Stucco is a durable, highly recommended finish, and when used on your Brooklyn, NY, project and applied by masonry or other contractors, it provides some great benefits, whether applied over brick, concrete, or wood.
- It is extremely fire-resistant.
- It provides excellent insulation and protection from the elements for your Brooklyn, NY, home or commercial building.
- It is excellent for waterproofing.
- It is great for soundproofing. A project that includes a contractor applying stucco to your walls is a great way of soundproofing your Brooklyn property.
It is highly versatile. The texture of the stucco can be customized to your preferences and can add a unique element to your house or commercial building.
Stucco comes in many finishes for installation and repair. Here are a few:
Sand stucco finish
This finish uses sand to make a fine, medium, or coarse finish that really does the job when it comes to hiding imperfections. It’s also great when it comes to hiding repairs.
Dash stucco finish
This stucco finish has a gritty and bumpy look with a variety of textures, and you can add fine gravel or even pebbles to give it a unique look.
Smooth stucco finish
This type of finish is hard for your contractor to achieve, but it’s very popular for both homes and commercial buildings. It can be colored and customized to fit customer aesthetics and works best with synthetic stucco. One reason it is popular is that it is easy to clean, but crack repair must be done carefully.
When the stucco is not prepared or installed correctly, it can crack. This is why you should hire a local Brooklyn, NY, contractor whose services come highly recommended by former customers.
It’s also good if your contractor uses Prime Stucco Supply, the premier stucco supplier in Brooklyn. The preparation can be done incorrectly when the Portland cement is poorly mixed with the other elements that create stucco.
Stucco Contractors and Repair Jobs
It’s important to pick the right installation contractor, and it’s also essential to hire the right contractor for your repair job project.
When it comes to stucco repair, you can’t just hire a couple of guys off of the street. You need professional help to maintain the integrity of your stucco project so it can stand the test of time. You want to find a dedicated contractor who can really do the job and provide a variety of services, whether you need repair or installation, including:
- Synthetic stucco repair
- Stucco removal from brick
- Synthetic stucco installation
Experienced Stucco Contractor in Brooklyn, New York
We’re a highly recommended stucco contractor providing services in Brooklyn and the surrounding area. Whether your project is stucco installation or repair, we’ll do an exceptional, quality job that will last for decades. Give us a call at (929) 462-3661 or fill out our simple online form. We’ll come out to your property, take a look, and give you a free estimate. Reach out today!