The Culture of Stucco and Stone Through the Centuries

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Our team is made up of the best of the best. We have international tradesmen that come from generations of professionals. From castles to empires to your next home exterior finishing is in our blood.

Our people like to talk and pass on wisdom and our blog is a reflection of that as well as a few jokes.  Ever wonder about The History of Moulding and Stucco in Ancient Rome?  or how about something more practical like how efficient is EIFS really? We’ve captured the topics that our people discuss on the job site and have created a Blog for you to have your say and leave your comments.  Enjoy and we look forward to hearing from you!

Exterior Winter Prep

The sun is beginning to set a bit earlier every night, the air is getting cooler, and the leaves are starting to change. A few more weeks and it will be time to wrap up the summer. This checklist gives you a general guideline of what should be done to your home’s exterior before the cooler season hits.

Wash Up

1. The patio furniture has done its job, and now it’s time to wipe it down, fold it up and place it in storage. This includes umbrellas and any scattered seasonal toys.

2. Warm breezes are to be expected during the summer months, and during the dryer days the wind may have blown the dust around, dirtying up windows and patio doors. Now is a great time to pull out the vinegar and water to clean up your exterior windows.

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Vinyl Siding

You’ve decided that it’s time to update the siding on your home and determined that vinyl siding is your best option. There are many advantages to choosing vinyl siding: the installation is relatively straightforward and it’s easy to maintain. But is it durable enough to handle temperature changes and harsh weather conditions like wind, snow, hail or rain? What if a car door hits it, or the neighbourhood kids happen to whack a basketball against it?

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Stucco

What is stucco? Stucco is a material made of aggregates, a binder and water. It’s applied wet and hardens to a very dense solid and it’s used as decorative coating for walls and ceilings and as a sculptural and artistic material in architecture. It may be used to cover less visually appealing construction materials such as metal, concrete, cinder block, or clay brick and adobe.
Stucco Facts

Stucco has been a popular home siding choice for seemingly forever, given it’s long and rich tradition. Let’s see why it’s been so popular for so long.

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Soffits And Fascia

When it comes to your roof, you may think it’s all about the shingles, flashing and gutters but not true! Soffits and fascia boards are two of the most important components of your roof.

The planks fitted to the underside of your home’s overhanging eaves are called soffits and most often, they’re constructed of vinyl and contain small openings that allow your attic to breathe. Stagnant heat and moisture can wreak havoc on attics and roofs so soffits ventilate the attic and prevent your rafters from rotting.

Fascia serves a different but important role in preventing roof and attic damage due to moisture. Fascia boards are fitted over the end of your home’s rafters or trusses and serve as a barrier between your roofline and the elements — making your home comfortable, safe and condensation-free.

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Choosing The Right Contractor – Part 2

So how do you choose the right one?

Guidelines for working in and around your home. If you don’t want the workers showing up before a certain time, staying past a certain hour, using your bathroom or you need to have the project finished by a specific date, tell the contractor before you hire him.

Have yourself and your house prepped. Do you need to clear a room so it can be painted or remove a fence to deliver specific equipment Contractors will set all of those expectations in writing so if you need to take everything off the walls and make arrangements for your pets, you will know.

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Choosing The Right Contractor – Part 1

So you’re looking to do some renovations — this can be an exciting time in a homeowner’s life. Adding something new or improving an existing feature can bring a lot of joy and value to your house. But what if the project you want to do is a little beyond the scope of your skill set? For those who are not a do-it-yourself wizard, you may have to hire a contractor to do part of the project or maybe the entire thing. Either way, this causes a little bit more stress and anxiety to the situation because you’re bringing in someone to help realize your reno dream.

So how do you choose the right one?

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Natural-Rock-Selection

Natural Rock Selection for a Natural Landscape Design

Rock and stone can bring a natural element to your landscape design. It can work with the slopes and valleys in your yard, connecting your home or building to the surrounding environment in a way no other man-made product ever can. The best part is that it’s virtually maintenance free, depending on the design you choose to work with.

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Excavation

Excavation

Excavation contractors are more than just people who haul dirt around. They’re professionals who are trained to operate some pretty large pieces of heavy equipment in order to do grading, trenching and site preparation.

Excavators can move items like dirt, rock, cement, wood, construction debris and other large pieces that require the assistance of heavy-duty machinery. If you think about it, excavation is a pretty big part of what’s required to go forth with your grand landscaping ideas.

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Repairing and Maintaining Your Home’s Masonry

You likely chose the brick, stone, and other masonry work on your home because you loved the personality this type of feature added to your home. It is true that this can add a lot of visual appeal to your home and make it really stand out. However, the elements can quickly beat up this type of material thanks to the sun, rain, snow, wind, and ice. Your home suffers as a result of the constantly changing atmosphere and some of these elements are more dangerous to your masonry work than others. As a result of this, it is important to understand just how to maintain and repair your home’s masonry.

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