Stucco siding (cladding) is a preferred method of finishing the exterior surfaces of many buildings and homes in the Southern United States. Stucco is a material made of an aggregate (sand), lime and water.
Stucco is applied in a mud like consistency over concrete block or framing and metal lath typically in thicknesses of 5/8” to 3/4” thick. Stucco is applied in a three step process (base coat, scratch coat and finish/texture coat) and this composition hardens into a very dense, solid and durable finish. Stucco designs are then incorporated into the finish coat as a natural architectural enhancement designed to improve the appeal of today’s most attractive homes and commercial buildings.
The Aerial Companies, Inc. is a leader in setting the standards for proper stucco installation and maintenance. Over the past 25 years, we’ve developed a systematic approach to stucco installation and enjoy a solid reputation with some of Florida’s finest builders and discerning estate home owners.
Aerial is an approved applicator of ArcusStone®. ArcusStone® is the original and leading source for decorative limestone coatings that provide the look and durability of quarried stone — without the inherent weight and expense. ArcusPlaster™ is a proprietary blend of limestone and other natural minerals, plus special bonding agents to produce a plaster of enhanced strength and appearance. It can be finished smooth, mottled, antiqued — or anything in between. It makes a perfect stucco for exterior or interior use.
Most failure is caused by poor installation by untrained, unmanaged field crews whose goal is to beat the clock and get paid. They are not allowing the stucco to cure between coats, not controlling hydration of the stucco, and painting too soon over uncured stucco, abating its curing process. When you paint too soon, the stucco does not reach the proper hardness and it never will for the life of the stucco cladding. Learn more about our stucco repair solutions.
• Initially uncured stucco prematurely painted – never reaching ultimate hardness
• Water infiltration into the building structure, either through the roof, around chimneys and window and door openings causing wood framing to rot and metal lath and nails to rust, which eventually will cause stucco to fracture and lose its bond, ultimately de-bonding from its substrate
• Structural settlement
• Inadequate or leaking gutters and downspouts
• Moisture migration within walls due to interior condensation and humidity
• Excessive ground water along with poor drainage around the foundation
Once the extent of damage has been determined, a number of repair options may be considered. Count on us to provide the proper guidance, expertise and craftsmen to restore your building to like-new condition.
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The Aerial Companies, Inc. specializes in applying stucco and specialty stucco finishes to historic and contemporary buildings, commercial establishments, and luxury estate homes in Florida including areas around Sarasota, Naples, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, and Daytona Beach.