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While many people assume that stucco and plaster are similar, there are slight differences between the two options that need to be taken into consideration as they will affect your development plans. While the differences may be minor, choosing one over the other will impact your project significantly, so keep the following in mind:

  1. Stucco and plaster each consist of completely different components. Stucco is made of lime, sand and Portland cement and is stronger when compared to plaster, which consists of several different elements. The mixture for plaster will vary depending on the project, it is being used for, but the components will not resemble that of stucco.
  2. If you’re looking to complete a project outdoors, stucco is a better option because of its stronger components that make it more suitable for an outdoor environment. For this reason, most homeowners will choose stucco for the exterior of their home because it is durable and can handle any natural elements that come its way. Plaster is considered to be weaker when it comes to the outdoors, so most people will stay away from this option if they need something completed outside.
  3. The application process is the main difference between stucco and plaster. Stucco has limitations and can only be applied to surfaces that have a wire lath in them, whereas plaster can be applied easily to surfaces of any kind and will be able to hold firm. You need to determine if the area you plan on installing the material on will hold or not so that you can proceed from there. Even if you prefer stucco over plaster, it may not be a suitable option, so you need to choose the one that best suits the area you wish to install it.
  4. Repairs and replacements are different as well because with plaster, you can just replace it with another material, even if the components of the plaster are different, whereas stucco repairs require the use of the same type of ingredients; otherwise, it will be unable to stay together. Maintenance is very similar and neither one requires a lot of time or special care, so this won’t be a problem regardless of which option you choose. Both materials will also last a very long time, so if you’re concerned with their life span, either option will work.

Stucco has a lot of benefits and Stucco Wall Systems can help you decide whether this option is right for you. For a reputable stucco contractor in the Mississauga, Oakville or Etobicoke areas, contact this company today! They specialize in both stucco installation and repairs, so whatever your needs may be, they will be more than happy to complete the project for you.

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