Stucco is a very decorative finish for interiors and exteriors, through which you can achieve a very nice and durable look with interesting patterns and unusual textures. Nowadays, it is possible to purchase and apply various types of stucco on your own, based on traditional recipes and implementing modern technologies, so that the final effect is not only aesthetic, but also ensures a suitable interior microclimate or durability of the facade. Through stucco mixtures, you can give your home a specific industrial design that combines very well with modern decorations.
Which stucco to choose
The specific feature of stucco is its texture, which is created by fine-grained sand that is encased in a fine matrix of hydraulic binder. Its advantage is the possibility of choosing different colours, which gives it an unusual look. If you opt for coloured stucco, however, pay attention to the shade – while very intense colours are beautiful, most decorative stucco is covered with a waterproof layer and is very difficult to repaint. Nowadays, you can get different types of stucco that have their own special characteristics, and also their appearance or applicability (interior, damp interior, exterior).
This traditional and relatively expensive finish is mainly used in interiors. Its popularity lies mainly in its glossy surface, which is due to the filler (crushed marble). The application and composition are based on the original recipe, which has been known for decades and is currently being improved with polymer additives to prolong its durability.
Moroccan stucco is similar to Venetian stucco, but the aggregate used is a mixture and the composition of the matrix is improved with waterproof additives that allow its application also in damp interiors (bathrooms, kitchens). Moroccan stucco provides a very nice sculptural texture and industrial look when applied correctly.
Cement matrix stucco is designed to imitate the first two, is easy to paint over and is more affordable. Their advantage is that they can be used both indoors and outdoors.