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Traditional Stucco Claddings and Water Management

ProCoat - January 21, 2020

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Stucco buildings have been around for centuries. Many scientists believe that even the pyramids of Egypt were coated in a white stucco substance made from volcanic ash in the beginning. Though some material has endured over 1000 years, attractive and durable stucco gained substantial prominence in Europe and North America with the development of Portland cement as a binding ingredient in 1843. After that time, stucco coatings gained significant popularity and became a cladding of choice during the first part of the twentieth century.

In addition to stucco’s timeless, attractive appearance, the cladding offers excellent durability with very limited upkeep. Builders of correctly applied stucco surfaces employ both drainage and storage strategies to eliminate the accumulation of moisture in buildings. Minimizing moisture absorption while providing adequate storage beneath to drain or dry is the key to a long-lasting cladding.

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How Does Stucco Keep the Building from Experiencing Moisture Problems? 

In some climates, where moisture levels are minimal and low humidity is the norm, builders do not worry much about moisture accumulation. However, in many parts of the country, precipitation levels can be high, particularly during certain seasons, and special precautions are necessary to prevent moisture damage within any construction.

For masonry walls, a Portland cement-based stucco incorporates vapor permeable paints to resist penetration of rainwater and allow the moisture to dry externally. When water does penetrate the surface, the moisture that enters will reach the interior masonry surfaces and be stored there until it eventually dries.

With wood-framed or steel stud walls sheathed in gypsum or plywood boards, the stucco exterior surface can be separated from the sheathing with a gap or cavity. To accomplish this, building paper and metal lath is placed over the gypsum or plywood subsurface before the stucco is applied. In a short time, the building papers absorb moisture, crinkle, and shrink, thereby creating a perfect drainage gap between the stucco exterior and the interior surface. As a result, moisture that does penetrate the stucco surface reaches the space and eventually drains out of the wall through weep screeds or flashing system. Adequately installed weep screeds also prevent moisture from wicking up into the outside walls while providing continuous drainage.

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ProCoat Systems specialists are experts in the installation, design, and management of all types of claddings. To understand more about the elimination of moisture problems in stucco and other claddings, contact ProCoat for more information.

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Sto Stucco Systems Offer More Than a Beautiful Exterior

ProCoat - August 7, 2018

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Sto is the leading developer and producer of the highest quality cladding systems designed to protect buildings from the elements, eliminate moisture, preserve energy, and look great. And, StoPowerwall® Stucco Systems are easier to apply than standard stucco and are presented in a wide range of colors and textures for aesthetic balance.

What are Sto Stucco Systems?

When home or business owners choose Sto to clad a new or existing structure, they are targeting beauty, protection, durability, and energy efficiency. Sto Stucco Systems consist of advanced integrated components, including state-of-the-art patented layers that work in tandem to provide maximum long-term protection. These products include:

  • StoGuard®- A fluid-applied air and moisture barrier
  • Sto DrainScreen™- A drainage mat that prevents moisture penetration
  • StoPowerwall ExtraSeal™- Extra protection for use on concrete and concrete masonry units.
  • StoPowerwall®- A high-performance Portland cement-based stucco exterior finish with special components to provide the initial continuous air and moisture barrier.

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How Do Sto Stucco Systems Work?

Sto products were scientifically designed over decades to work in harmony to provide maximum protection while reducing energy costs substantially. And, the colors and textures available furnish a clean and beautiful appearance that truly enhances any structure’s market value and curb appeal.

But what is the secret to StoPowerwall Stucco System’s effectiveness?

Working as a system, the Sto Systems begins on the inside with the StoGuard air and moisture barrier with the Drain Screen and Type 4 Insulation. With Sto’s outer coating of StoPowerwall stucco and Sto textured finishes, the interior of the building is fully protected from penetration by moisture and air in any season.

The Sto cladding systems meet all local and international building code requirements and are designed to perform in any climate.

Sto’s primary distributor partner in the Rocky Mountain region of Colorado and Utah is ProCoat Systems in Denver, Ft. Collins and Salt Lake City.

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ProCoat Systems is a leading dealer of world class cladding products in the Rocky Mountain region. The professionals at ProCoat work closely with contractors and remodelers to devise and install the right products for interior and exterior use in construction. The experts at ProCoat are experienced in advising and collaborating on any large or small projects.

And, to find answers to your questions about these products, contact  ProCoat the buliding supply experts. 

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What are STO Stucco Systems?

ProCoat - June 19, 2017

stucco systemsSTO Corp has been an innovator of many types of construction exteriors. Rather than producing a single purpose coating to clad the exterior surface of a building, STO manufactures systems consisting of materials that provide sophisticated insulation and moisture barriers, as well. STO Stucco System provides the ultimate in appearance, energy efficiency, ease of application, and moisture resistance. The coating and finish are integrated with other high-performance layers to create just the right combination of insulation,  flexibility, and endurance. (more…)

Sto™ Stucco—Perfect For Salt Lake City

ProCoat - December 12, 2016

If you want a wall covering system that has stood the test of time, is code compliant, and features world-class moisture management and myriad design options, look no further than Sto™ stucco for your Salt Lake City region projects. Going with Sto™ stucco systems will yield a low maintenance, durable and flexible wall cladding that easily incorporates insulation options. (more…)

What is the difference between stucco and plaster in your Salt Lake City building?

ProCoat - October 15, 2016

There’s often confusion about the difference between stucco and plaster, especially among homeowners. What do the two terms mean? Plaster is a pasty mixture of lime or gypsum, water and sand that is applied to a wall surface as protection. Stucco is made of aggregates, binding chemicals and water. Both are used in Salt Lake City architecture. For homeowners, the two terms have become interchangeable, which can, at the least, cause confusion, and much worse misaligned expectations. What’s useful is for contractors to look at the different types of stucco and explain to homeowners how they should be used. (more…)

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