A Stucco exterior for your home offers design styles and benefits impossible to achieve with any other exterior cladding system. A textured state-of-the-art EIFS system (Exterior Insulation Finishing System) is durable, weather-resistant, and looks great for years. The same look can be achieved through a coating system that saves you some money, but where you save monetarily, you will be sacrificing the durability and longevity of the system.
Choosing the right architectural coating applicator is vital to ensuring the longevity and performance of the system. Every tradesman on our team is a classically trained master plasterer with a minimum of 10 years of experience. See below for some advice.
Weather is a factor: colder temperatures call for a proper hoarding of the wall and even application of heat for the duration. EIFS is applied in colder weather without heat and hoard, the system will bleed efflorescence (minerals left behind after curing and moisture has evaporated) or worse yet when the system warms up and thaws, the finish will reanimate, streak and cure in a streaking gloppy mess.
Our best advice to all of our customers is to ALWAYS ASK FOR REFERENCES AND GO SEE THE JOB AND TALK TO THE HOMEOWNER who paid for the work.
Choosing a qualified craftsman for your project is vital to getting the job done right, fast, and with minimal hassle to your daily life. When looking for a stucco applicator, consider the following:
To save time and money, some contractors will sometimes substitute prep coat for the moisture barrier, or eliminate this layer altogether! The moisture barrier is integral – it must not be omitted or supplanted. Skipping the moisture barrier is a completely unprofessional practice and will cause the entire system and wall cavity to fail!
When it comes to the acrylic application of a stucco cladding system you must be confident in the skill set of the applicators. Your system can be 100% compliant with manufacturer specs but if the technique hasn't been mastered the whole look of the system could be ruined by something as simple as not floating the finish coat properly. This could result in a non-uniform texture or even worse, inexperienced applicators might "burn" the finish coat. By not knowing what to look for at the various stages of the finish application and over float the wall or sections of it, horrible scarring and discolouration can occur.