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Curious why stains develop on my stucco? Should my stucco be painted or sealed?

These are very common questions, especially considering some of the issues homeowners are facing with stucco homes.

If your home is natural stucco, and hasn’t been painted or sealed, it can be prone to dirt pick-up, as well as mold, mildew and fungi growth. Rain brings with it a variety of contaminants, which can be absorbed into the stucco and lead to staining. This is because the natural stucco surface is porous and readily absorbs water. A thorough low pressure cleaning can help improve the look, but the staining can return over time.

There are many misconceptions about painting stucco, including moisture entrapment, and becoming an ongoing maintenance issue. It is in reality a smart long-term investment to clean and paint the stucco on your home. Stucco can become damaged by moisture. Other problems include cracking due to freeze/ thaw damage, buckling or crumbling of the stucco, and staining from efflorescence (a white water-soluble salt that can stain the surface of the stucco). After cleaning, the proper paint system can protect your home from water intrusion, cracking, and staining, while allowing the home to continue to “breathe” and allow moisture to escape naturally from the inside out. Waterproof elastomeric paints are an excellent choice to preserve and protect your stucco.

There are a variety of systems designed to clean and properly seal and waterproof your stucco home. The good news: Our professionals at Nolan Painting can help you choose the most appropriate system for your project and expertly preserve and protect your home.

 

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What is the difference between flat, matte, and eggshell finishes? Where should each be used?

This is a very common question, and a topic that can be confusing. Unfortunately, there is no common standard amongst manufacturers when it comes to paint sheens, and how they are named and classified. In general, here are the major classifications for wall finishes, and where they are most appropriate:

  1. Flat: Flat paints have virtually no sheen, and are less resistant to staining. While the higher quality flat finishes can be washed, they are not as durable, and not ideal for higher traffic areas. When these finishes are scrubbed aggressively, burnishing (shiny areas) can develop.
  2. Matte: Matte finishes are the next step up. While they tend to look fairly flat when viewed directly, they do have a very low angular sheen. Matte finishes resist staining better than flat finishes, and are quite washable. They are an excellent choice for hallways, stairways, and kids bedrooms.
  3. Eggshell/ Satin: These finishes have a more noticeable, soft sheen. They offer enhanced stain resistance, and are more moisture resistant. They are great for mudrooms, kitchens, and bathrooms.

Today’s paints offer many different formulations, and are available for a multitude of surfaces and conditions. Our professionals at Nolan Painting can help you choose the most appropriate finish for your project. We are happy to help with any questions you may have about interior or exterior painting, stucco cleaning and more.

 

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“Professionalism best describes our experience with Nolan. We were kept informed of schedules and times throughout the job. The workers were polite and made sure to explain how the work would be done at each step. Our aluminum siding was 36 years old and now looks like new after the painting. I have already recommended Nolan to our friends.”

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