Caring for Your Exterior Concrete and Stucco Restoration

 Southern Florida's homeowner associations may not have to deal with much in the  way of snow and ice when it comes to protecting and repairing their concrete  and stucco surfaces, but they certainly aren't off the hook just because  blizzards don't often happen in the Sunbelt.  

 Tough as they may look, concrete and stucco exteriors need regular care and  maintenance. Failing to maintain and repair them can result in unsightly  conditions, reduced value, and costly repairs down the road.  

 Concrete Facts

 Concrete and stucco have been used as building materials for hundreds of years,  says Mike Rhodes, owner of Homestead Paving in Miami. Conventional or  non-structural concrete is used for sidewalks, curbs, and pavements. Anything  that is vertical, or spans across columns, is structural concrete, and is  composed of different base materials suited for the particular job being done.  

 By contrast, stucco is a surface treatment that is applied wet to a building's  exterior (often over an underlying concrete structure) and hardens to a very  dense solid. It is used as decorative coating for walls and ceilings and as a  sculptural and artistic material in architecture.  

 According to Colin Meneely, president of the Southeast Florida chapter of the  International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) in Pompano Beach, there are a  multitude of additives and coatings available to help both materials remain  sound and stand up to the elements, including specialized anti-corrosion  coatings for reinforcement bars and corrosion inhibitors that can be added  directly to the concrete mixture at the plant. “There are also thousands of coatings that can be applied to the concrete after  it has been placed to enhance the performance, appearance, and life span,” he says. “A design professional should always be consulted to determine the proper product  for the application.”  

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Comments

  • Plaster and stucco are in gearnel finishes for concrete or concrete block walls. Plaster is cementisious material with a base of sand or talc applied by hand for a smooth finish. Stucco is a more rustic or rough surface applied to the surface of the wall by a spray from a compressor, but sometimes stucco is made by hand. Stucco is used to cover great areas in a fast time or to cover imperfections in the wall.The term plaster can also be used for interior gypsum board walls. The joints and corners of the partitions made of lightweight studs and gypsum board panels are finished with gypsum plaster.I hope this can help.