Stucco & Masonry

Stucco

Traditional stucco is a cement mixture used for siding. The cement is combined with water and inert materials such as sand and lime. Usually, wooden walls are covered with tar paper and chicken wire or galvanized metal screening. This framework is then covered with the stucco mixture. Sometimes, the cement mix is applied directly to specially prepared masonry surfaces.

The Advantage of Stucco Siding for your Home

  • Makes homes comfortable by reducing air infiltration
  • Reduces sound transmission
  • Barrier to termites, insects, and vermin
  • Can be redecorated in any color
  • Lasts the life of a building and makers it worth more
  • Easy to maintain - cuts maintenance costs
  • Easy to repair in case of impact damage
  • Can be applied to conform to any shape or design
  • Creates an ambience that gives a home personality
  • Just looks better than any other exterior
  • A stucco exterior is the ultimate - no surface to burn, no smoke to develop, no hazards
  • Easy to clean with water, brush, and mild detergent
  • Offers security and protects your home's interiors from the weather
  • Hail proof
Masonry

Masonry is generally a highly durable form of construction. However, the materials used, the quality of the mortar and workmanship, and the pattern in which the units are assembled can significantly affect the durability of the overall masonry construction.

Advantages

  • The use of material such as bricks and stones can increase the thermal mass of a building.
  • Most types of masonry typically will not require painting and so can provide a structure with reduced life-cycle costs.
  • Masonry is very heat resistant and thus provides good fire protection.
  • Masonry walls are more resistant to projectiles, such as debris from hurricanes or tornadoes.
  • Masonry structures built in compression preferably with lime mortar can have a useful life of more than 500 years as compared to 30 to 100 for structures of steel or reinforced concrete.

Disadvantages

  • Extreme weather causes degradation of masonry wall surfaces due to frost damage. This type of damage is common with certain types of brick, though rare with concrete blocks.
  • Masonry tends to be heavy and must be built upon a strong foundation, such as reinforced concrete, to avoid settling and cracking.
  • Save for concrete, masonry construction does not lend itself well to mechanization, and requires more skilled labor than stick-framing.