A perfectly smooth stucco finish is considered by many to be the premier stucco finish. This is because of the rich, expensive look and feel of the product. You will find smooth stucco finishes on the finest, most spectacular buildings in the region; especially in the case for Mediterranean, Spanish style, or “Old World” homes – but also on contemporary architecture. There is no finish that says “elegance” more than a smooth stucco finish.
The best builders understand that Smooth & “Santa Barbara” finishes should not be entrusted to contractors without the appropriate experience and skill. Apptek specializes in gorgeous smooth stucco finishes and has skilled craftsmen to do it right. Considering that the stucco finish is quite possibly the most visible part of the exterior of the home you build – getting it right is critical.
It is important to know however, that smooth finishes will always experience some level of cosmetic cracking – it simply comes with the territory. That is why in these instances we recommend “Crack Reduction System” (CRS) consisting of fiberglass mesh & acrylic-modified (synthetic) base coat over the brown coat can be done prior to the installation of the finish coat.
This process adds cost to the overall system but will absolutely improve the resistance to substantial cracking. The CRS system does not guarantee that there will be no cosmetic cracking but should substantially reduce the propensity for excessive cracking.