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Stucco Textures

Stucco Textures to Consider

With the right stucco texture, your home can stand out as the neighborhood showpiece. Over 5670 people have used Lemon Grove Stucco to re-stucco and change the exterior of their homes and commercial buildings.

There are a few different stucco textures that can be achieved and having a look at all of them can give you a general idea of what to expect and maybe even help you decide on which one you want to use on your house. Lemon Grove Stucco will show you the different textures and answer your questions during our estimate. Stucco textures and colors can be seen in our show room and ware house. You must set up an appointment to see the show room.

These are just a few examples of what is out there, some of the more popular textures. Each one has its own unique characteristics and style. Some textures work better to achieve an overall look and feel like a smooth texture for a Mediterranean look or a sand finish for a more modern look.

– Lace Textures

Lace textures are one of Lemon Grove Stucco’s most common textures, and are typically what is in most people’s minds when they think of stucco. Lace textures can hide many imperfections and is great for virtually any application, residential or commercial.

  • Sand cement stucco is more common when it comes to lace finish’s, but it can be done in an acrylic. Lace Textures done in Acrylic tend to take longer and cost more, and will not have the depth that sand cement stucco will
  • Lace textures are applied by hand in most cases, but can be sprayed on and then “knocked down” (flattened) using a trowel
  • Lace textures will hide many imperfections and is a great “forgiving” texture
  • Lace textures are applied in two coats, a base coat and then the texture is applied
  • Comes in a fine, medium and coarse pattern

– Flat Knock Down Textures

Flat Knock Down textures are very common on new and older buildings. This is one of Lemon Grove Stucco’s favored textures to achieve, The Flat Knock Down texture is growing in popularity in newer developments today. It is the easiest to clean and is very customizable due to the fact that different colors can be added to get a “mottled look”.

  • Flat Knock Down textures can be applied with a fine sand and cement stucco. An Acrylic stucco finish is also a very good choice for the Flat Knock Down texture.
  • Usually a fine sand is used to eliminate as many lines as possible, but a medium sand will also work when using acrylics
  • Achieved using a standard trowel or a “swimming pool trowel” “pool” trowel
  • Colors can be added directly to the wall to achieve a “mottled” look
  • Flat Knock Down Textures can be patched fairly easley.  Flat Knock Down Textures have a tendency to show cracks more than Lace textures.

– Sand Finishes

Sand Finishes are popular in residential and commercial applications. Sand Finishes can be fine, medium or coarse in appearance and varies depending on the craftsman applying the stucco. Sand Finishes are troweled on and finished using a green float with quick ¼ round strokes.

  • Sand Finishes are a very versatile finish and can be done using sand cement stucco or Acrylic Stucco Lemon Grove Stucco highly recommends using Acrylic stucco on most of our Sand Finish jobs.
  • Sand Finishes can be applied in one coat. For the best Sand Finish it is recommended to apply two coats to achieve the best look. The second coat is very rarely applied in today’s construction practices.
  • Sand Finishes are usually troweled on, but can be sprayed on and then floated with a green float.
  • A “green float” gives the finish its texture
  • Found in fine, medium and coarse finishes
  • Relatively easy to patch if color matches up and edges are feathered in nicely

– Spray Finishes

Spray finishes are sprayed on and can be light, medium or heavy in volume and has its own unique look. This texture can be applied by hand (for smaller areas) or sprayed on (using a small hopper gun). Two to three coats are usually applied in order to achieve a uniform coat.

  • Both synthetic and Sand Cement stucco will work for this particular texture
  • Spray finishes are easily patched, providing that the color matches up correctly
  • Somewhat rough after it dries, which may be a problem for some
  • One person can apply this type of texture
  • Spray finishes are applied using more air pressure (fine), an even amount of air and material (medium) or more material and less air (heavy texture)

– Cat Face Textures

Cat Face textures are smooth with smaller to larger rough areas in between as you can see in the pictures below. These are known as inclusions and can vary in size, shape and how often they are used throughout the finish.

  • Cat Face textures can be achieved using an Acrylic or sand cement type of stucco
  • Cat face textures will vary greatly, depending on how large and close inclusions are in relation to each other. And the skill of the applying craftsman.
  • Cat Face Textures are achieved using two coats of finish
  • Cat Face textures can be troweled on or sprayed on, but always is finished off by hand
  • Usually done in either a fine or medium sand cement stucco product or Acrylic.

– Montalvo

Montalvo textures are smooth with smaller to larger rough areas in between as you can see in the pictures below. These are known as inclusions and can vary in size, shape and how often they are used throughout the finish.

  • Cat Face textures can be achieved using an Acrylic or sand cement type of stucco
  • Cat face textures will vary greatly, depending on how large and close inclusions are in relation to each other. And the skill of the applying craftsman.
  • Cat Face Textures are achieved using two coats of finish
  • Cat Face textures can be troweled on or sprayed on, but always is finished off by hand
  • Usually done in either a fine or medium sand cement stucco product or Acrylic.