Re: [SB-r-us] cement stucco (was 2' Overhangs (was newbie and...)
- I too, have been concerned about the weather and it's effects on the
different exteriors living in the South. Maybe it's just unusual weather, or
maybe it's me just being a worrywart, but we seem to average at least 2 to 3
hurricanes and numerous tornadoes, thunder storms and the like every year.
Just last week it was ice on Sunday, snow on Monday, warm and a tornado on
Wednesday and more ice by Friday. I would venture to say that we get more
sideways rain than most other areas. With all the bad weather, I've been
able to get out and do some snooping around the county and found several old
houses that have been stuccoed. These houses have been abandoned but I was
able to talk with the property owner of one. The house was built before 1962
as that was when they purchased the land and the house was already abandoned
at that time. He said that all the houses were built by the same person
(thus the reason they all look alike), small, about 600 sq. ft. and no
pluming, there were signs of electricity having been installed, probably at a
later time. They all had the same color finish and the same stucco which was
troweled on. He was sure it was cement. I should have broke off a piece to
examined but didn't think of it at the time. The remarkable thing is, the
finish still looks good. It is the only part if the structure still intact,
as the roof has fallen in and one corner has suffered a fire. The outside of
that corner shows no sign of damage. Well, I don't know what it is, or how
this will integrate with straw, but it is long lasting.
Just my 2 cents worth,
Earthen plasters tend to pull water out of a bale wall system and give
it off to the air. The humidity in Ga. will slow the process down at
certain time throughout the year. On the other hand cement stucco tends
to hold water in the bale and can even pull water into the wall system.
It will crack and driving rains will push moister into those cracks and
into your wall system. Properly applied clay plasters will not crack
over time, mainly due to the fact that clay plaster tend to be less
Cement is very high in embodied energy compared to clay based plasters!
From: cordrym <cordrym@...> [mailto:cordrym@...]
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2003 7:37 PM
Subject: [SB-r-us] cement stucco (was 2' Overhangs (was newbie and...)
> Of course if you cement stucco the thing, that's a completely
> story, and I'm not gonna touch that one... except that I wouldchoose earthen
> plasters again... if I had to do it over... oh yeah...That is another thing that I have been wondering about.
> -Sonoran Bill
I have never seen anyone use adobe in Central GA. I don't know if it
is just a cultural thing, or if it is climatory.
In non-drought years it is not unusually for daily "pop up"
thunderstorms for the whole summer, and periods of "3 day rain" when
ever a front comes though.
So I'm not sure if an adobe exterior is advisible in my area. I
certently don't want to worry about getting the walls wet.
So what about cement stucco? Any one care to give a balanced report
on it and how it compares to other stuccos?
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