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What Are the Benefits of A Stucco House?

By |December 8th, 2020|

There are thousands of ways to build a house, and various materials and techniques can be utilized to lend aesthetic value and functionality. One popular method that homes in the United States use to provide a nice texture to their exterior and interior is stucco siding. Using Portland cement, sand, lime, and water, these coats give off a varied surface feel that is solid and durable. Stucco is a natural, fire retardant material that requires little-to-no maintenance and is exceptionally durable. Exterior plaster and stucco are great for most areas where fires are prominent, as these can help prevent severe [...]

The Stages of Dry Rot

By |December 2nd, 2020|

Dry rot is a fungus that can ruin even the most beautiful and well-built of structures—and knowing how it thrives is important in preventing its growth and spread! While most fungi thrive in acidic conditions, dry rot is more resilient and will live even in alkaline environments. This means that it can keep growing everywhere and get around surfaces like plaster, masonry, and mortar in order to destroy other areas of a building with wood.  However, there is still a way to stop its spread—depriving dry rot of its food source and disrupting its life cycle can help you get [...]

Faux Venetian Plaster and Venetian Plaster: The Key Differences

By |November 24th, 2020|

When you're renovating a home, there are many small decisions you need to make. From the wall color to the wood grain, every element you use contributes or detracts from the overall look. If you have a formal aesthetic, you might also look at the plaster your contractors use. Venetian plastering is a standard in Greco-Roman inspired architecture. It contains marble dust, and builders use it as décor or to create layered finishes. If you are watching your budget, consider faux Venetian plaster. It is more durable than paint and looks exactly like the real thing. Faux Venetian is a great [...]

Tips for Maintaining Your Home’s Stucco

By |November 17th, 2020|

One of the most popular exterior walls finishes used in numerous residential homes, and commercial projects is stucco. Stucco is a construction material that is made of a binder, aggregates, and water. This material is first applied wet on walls and slowly hardens to a dense and rough solid. Stucco is often used as a decorative coating for walls, sidings, ceilings, and artistic material in other architectural structures. Another reason this is a popular type of wall finish is that aside from making your home look more attractive, it's also incredibly easy to install and is quite versatile. Besides that, [...]

5 Types of Plaster Finishes for Walls and How to Achieve Them

By |November 10th, 2020|

Having your walls up is not the end of the building construction process. If you want to decorate your walls or cover their uneven surfaces, your contractors can finish your building with plaster. Plastering is the process wherein the coarse surfaces of your walls or ceilings are covered to achieve a smooth and aesthetic finish. There are several types of plaster finish, and in this article, we will tell you how to achieve five different styles. Every finish gives your wall a different appearance, and it’s up to you to choose which one to use in your project.  1. Sand-faced [...]

How to Decorate Your Fireplace For the Holidays

By |November 3rd, 2020|

The holidays are fast approaching, and for sure, you’re thinking of ways to decorate your homes. One of the most decorated areas in the home is the fireplace. This fixture is typically located in a common area where people spend quality time with loved ones and where the Christmas tree is. It is also a place when everyone would come around to keep warm, especially during the colder months. If you are looking for some ideas to make your fireplace stand out, here are five plans to consider:  1. Safety First Before you decorate your fireplace, make sure that all [...]

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