When you decide to stucco your house or garage, the first thing you might be thinking about is colour, but another important consideration is pattern. Stucco comes in several different patterns, and different patterns work best in different situations.
Here are a few tips to figure out which pattern is best for you:
This basic design is the most popular, and has been for decades because it works for just about any house or building. It is also a more economical option as it takes less time to do.
This pattern is also usually used for the parging, (the bottom few feet o f the wall) even if another pattern is used for the rest of the house.
A more modern take on the popcorn dash, this style appears smoother, because it’s flattened. You will see this finish more in new development neighborhoods, and the house appears smoother and cleaner. Also, if you have kids scraping against the walls of your house, they won’t get scratched by this!
Be warned though, if your walls aren’t perfectly straight, or have humps or waves in it from the framing, this pattern tends to show these flaws, and you’re better off going with a popcorn dash or a trowel design.
This pattern really stands out on a house, because of its uniquely natural looking design.
Originally used for detail work, it is becoming increasingly popular to do an entire house in this design because of its organic look and feel.
This pattern does by far the best job at masking flaws in a house, such as bumps or crooked framing. This is because it has a natural look that blends beautifully into any style of structure.
A Float Finish is a flat pattern of stucco used for detail work, such as pillars, arches like in this photo, window frames, and other accents.
It is great for these details because it complements other patterns of stucco very nicely.
Flatter than all other patterns, it gives a smooth, elegant look that really highlights details. Like all patterns, the Float Finish can be dyed any stucco colour.
There are other stucco patterns out there, but I chose to omit the ones that are really out of style these days. I can, however, match other styles of stucco that you might not see in this blog post; just ask!
Another thing to remember is that you are never limited to just one pattern. It is typical to mix them up, and often people will choose one pattern for the main parts of the house, and a different pattern for detail work, such as arches or pillars.
Except for the “Float” finish, which is really just used for detail work.