Today, there are a number of easy methods to side a house, of which stucco siding is among the most popular, and for a variety of reasons. It is quite easy to see why most people prefer using this cement-like product for their home’s siding, especially if you look at the benefits this type of siding offers.
Such benefits include:
• It is incredibly versatile, which makes it suitable for use in various areas around your house as well as in different climatic conditions.
• It provides an aesthetically appealing finish, especially since it can be sculpted, textured, or colored.
• It is extremely durable, mainly because stucco is resistant to both water and decay to consequently last for over five decades.
• It is relatively easy to work with, particularly since you can simply use a sprayer or trowel to apply it. As long as you have some basic home improvement skills, you are bound to find a do-it-yourself installation relatively simple and straightforward.
You must start by giving your home’s exterior wall surfacing a thorough cleaning to remove any dirt or debris effectively before you can apply stucco. You may also have to clean out any garbage and obstructions from the general ground areas.
However, the application process of this particular type of siding is not the most important aspect when it comes to applying it. You must be sure that whatever amount of this siding material you have on hand is adequate for the entire area you intend to work on. After you determine the square footage of your house, divide that figure by the area every single bag of this siding material ought to cover, which essentially gives you the minimal amount of product you should have at hand. Purchase a few extra bags of the material just in case.
This type of siding material is essentially a cement product, which means bonding it to your home requires a mechanical process. Wrap the selected area in builder’s paper and then in a layer of stucco-lath, a mesh product to which this siding material readily adheres. Although you can use chicken wire, it is comparatively easier to work with the inexpensive fiberglass stucco-lath.
Mix for application
You must conform to the mixing instructions included in the packaging. You will need to do the mixing in a large trough such as a five-gallon pail to thoroughly stir the mixture of sand, stucco, and water.
Use a trowel to apply the product onto the building’s wall by spread it in circular swipes. Use a little pressure if you are using a stucco-lath, ensuring the product is forced into the wire mesh in order to create a solid bond with the wall. Use the same pressure and motion for the whole surface while working from one corner towards another until you cover the entire area. You will notice unevenness if you allow this siding material to set before you cover the entire surface. This siding material usually entails the application of several layers, which means you should keep siding your house until you achieve a relatively thick and strong layer.
Once you are done applying this siding material onto the entire building, use a rake or any other tool capable of scratching to texture the wall in whatever design you deem suitable.
Allow at least six weeks before you paint the stucco siding so that it cures effectively.
You can find more resources available at the Mr. Stucco website.