A few key differences between Acrylic and Traditional Stucco made simple
Amill Stucco & Renovations does both traditional and acrylic stucco.
Here are some simple definitions of traditional stucco, acrylic, and the main differences between the two.
What is traditional stucco?
Stucco is a coating for walls, ceilings, and decorations. Made up mostly of cement, sand, and water, it goes on wet and hardens into a pattern over wood framing or less visually appealing materials such as concrete, cinder block, or clay brick.
Stucco is durable, rot and fungus resistant, low-cost and long-lasting, with no maintenance. It is an excellent sealant to keep rodents and destructive creatures out.
It is also fire resistant, stylish, and can be dyed in a variety of colors.
What is acrylic/synthetic stucco?
Acrylic stucco is a synthetic alternative to traditional stucco. It is newer, comes in a wider variety of colors, (actually any colour) and to some, has a more modern look. It looks especially modern on business and office buildings.
Amill Stucco only applies synthetic stucco as a finish coat, after two layers of traditional stucco, so that it has all the reliability and sealing benefits of traditional stucco.
Benefits of Acrylic over Traditional Stucco
Acrylic Stucco comes in any colour you want, making it an exciting exterior for businesses. Traditional stucco colours are more limited. Ask to see my colour chart!
Acrylic Stucco is much better for darker colours, as it attains and retains the dark tones better than traditional.
Drawbacks of Acrylic over Traditional Stucco
You have less patterns to choose from in Acrylic Stucco. The most popular patterns are float and skip trowel patterns. (See, “Which Stucco Pattern is Right for You?”) Traditional Stucco comes in a very wide variety of patterns.
Acrylic stucco dries more quickly, like paint, while traditional stucco dries by curing, meaning that the moisture slowly leaves the material. Either way, dry weather above freezing temperatures is ideal during application.
Hopefully this blog post has cleared some things up. If you have any questions, or are interested in getting acrylic or traditional stucco done, just contact me through this website.
Happy Renovating! Alex