Exterior Plastering


House Becomes a Home

Handcrafted Chimney

Adobe Makeover

California Sunset

Grand Cottage

Multi-Tiered Facelift

Planter With Details

Straw Bale House In Progress


Exterior plastering is often referred to as Stucco. Within the industry, plastering is the term used for both interior and exterior. The general term for the material used in either application is plaster. The word "Plaster" comes from a Greek word meaning to daub on, which pretty well sums up the process. Stucco is a specific material used as a finish coat and is usually a blend of portland cement, lime and graded sand. With drywall having replaced plaster for most interior applications, the great majority of the plastering trade is now exterior and falls into either Portland cement plaster or exterior insulative finish systems, often abbreviated as EIFS and often referred to as Drivit. Drivit was the manufacturer of the most common of these systems in the early days of their development. So Drivit can be thought of as the "Kleenex" or the "Crescent wrench" of the EIFSs.

The pictures shown of my exterior work are all Portland cement plaster and applied over a water resistant paper and wire lath, (except for the straw bale house). The wire lath serves as the mechanical attachment for the plaster to the building structure. It is not correct to think of it as reinforcement as if it were re-bar in concrete. There are different systems within Portland cement plaster, many of which have been developed to reduce labor costs and to eliminate cure time between coats. I prefer the 3 coat systems applied 7/8" in thickness. I have found these to result in a better looking and more durable job. There are times when I will do two coats only or a thinner application if that is what is needed to match the existing work in the case of a repair or an addition.