How to Choose a Stucco Finish

by Bill Caros March 30th, 2017 in Residential Stucco
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One of the greatest advantages of using stucco to coat the exterior of your home, condo, or commercial building is the numerous choices you have for the finish. Whether you choose an acrylic stucco finish, a rock dash/slop dash stucco finish, or a California stucco finish, you still get to decide what kind of texture and colour it will have.

With an acrylic finish, you’re not only choosing the finish, but also the colour. The colour is inside the acrylic, which means that there is less chance of it fading and you won’t have to repaint your walls. But the disadvantage here is that you have less colour choices for your building.

With acrylic, you get a number of choices in textures, such as:

  • Float, which looks like there are grains of sand on the home
  • Lace, which looks similar to a lace pattern
  • Scraped, which is the smoothest option

With the rock dash/slop dash stucco finish, you’re choosing an application that is the rough stucco finish with small peaks of stucco sticking out from your wall. This choice tends to give your home more texture and a rougher feel to the wall. Because you still need to paint the wall after the stucco installation, you have far more choices in colours.

There are also some different decorative finishes that you could choose, such as:

  • Trowel sweep, which uses a fan-shaped pattern
  • Web, which creates smooth, rectangular shapes
  • Combed, which leaves raised lines
  • Briar, which has random ridges or lines
  • Cat face, where bits of the textured base coat can be seen
  • California, where you get a thin, textured top coat that is smoothed down

No matter which stucco you choose, you can personalize it to make the exterior of your home perfect.

Bill Caros has over 30 years experience in the stucco industry. As the owner of Choice Stucco Ltd, Bill provides quality stucco application and stucco repair to all of Vancouver Lower Mainland.


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