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Soham Ortiz
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What is Stucco Plaster?

What is Stucco Plaster?

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Terry Collins
Sustainability consultant

Stucco is used like any other plaster to cover the bricks or concrete surfaces and give an appealing and finished look.

It is made up of OPC, fine aggregate and water. It is very common in India and goes by the name “Plaster“. The advantages of Stucco is that it is very durable and can be further strengthened by adding fibers into it.

However in other countries, “Plaster” is made up of Gypsum or Lime instead of OPC. When cement is used as a binder it is called as “Stucco”.

Stucco provides a textured and visually appealing finish to buildings. It can be tinted or painted in various colors to achieve the desired aesthetic effect.
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Stucco is applied by an industry specialist to the interior and exterior walls. An expert can apply the plaster manually or by using a machine. This portland cement plaster can be used on concrete wall systems, or on a frame structure. It is used for siding, or to cover concrete, cinder block, clay brick or adobe.

Wilma Caldwell
Architectural technologist

Stucco is a portland and lime based product. For added strength and support we will sometimes mix bits of fiberglass strands in with the mud. The fiberglass acts as another structural support to make sure cracks stay away and no chunks will fall off. To add some fun texture, different types of sand are used in specific quantities to make sure you enjoy every inch of your home.

Raul Jimenez
Senior Project Manager

Stucco is a construction material made of aggregates, a binder and water. Stucco is applied wet and hardens to a very dense solid. It is also used as a decorative coating for walls and ceilings, external building siding, and as a sculptural and artistic material in architecture. Stucco may be used to cover less visually appealing construction materials, such as metal, concrete, cinder block or clay brick and adobe.

But stucco sometimes refers to a coating for outside of a building and plaster to a coating for interior; the material itself is little different.

Stucco in English refers to coating on outside and plaster refered to internal coating.

Stucco plaster are categorised into two types:

Traditional Stucco plaster:

It is a mixture of lime, sand, and water.

Modern stucco plaster:

It is a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and water.

In modern stucco plasters, lime is replaced by Portland cement for increasing durability. For many special purposes, Instead of lime plaster, gypsum player use.

To improve structural properties, acrylic and glass fibers are used in modern stucco.

  1. The stucco plaster has a very outstanding beautiful aesthetic view.
  2. Can be used for both inside and outside walls
  3. It is about 25mm thick.
  4. Generally laid in 3 coats:
  • First coat is a rough coat that functions to provide the required strength and bound with wall.
  • Second coat a finer coat that gives the desired shape to the surface.
  • Third coat is to give the decorative look, smoothness and texture

This is one of the decorative plaster.

Generally laid in 3 coat and total thickness of 25mm. This type of plaster use internal as well as external surface.

First Court is known as rough Coat the function of this coat is to provide the desired strength as well as bonding.

second coat is also known as a finer coat provides the desired shape to the surface.

and third coat which is give the required texture, smoothness, decorative appearance.

The stucco plastered has attractive apperance.

What is Stucco Plaster?