One-Story Spanish HomeMediterranean Exterior, Los Angeles
This exquisite Spanish one-story house sets the tone for what's ahead from the minute you lay eyes on it. The meticulous level of detail starts with the front yard hardscape and landscape, and continues through the hand-carved door to reveal a well-curated showcase of collected valuables.
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How Long Does It Take to Paint a Stucco Exterior? Painting a single-story, 2,000-square-foot stucco home would typically take three to five days, including prepping the home (more on this later) and actually painting. What Kind of Paint Is Best for Stucco?Standard versus elastomeric. One of the decisions you will face is which type of paint to use on your stucco. In many cases standard paint will suffice, but depending on your climate, your painter may recommend elastomeric. This type of paint has a heavier, thicker consistency than standard paint, which makes it spread less distance than regular paint. You might need two or three times the paint if you choose elastomeric, Schaeffer says. Elastomeric paint is also costlier, at about $100 per gallon compared with about $30 to $40 per gallon for standard paint. So it’s not the kind of product you want to use without good reason. That said, in certain climates, elastomeric may be the best choice. “It’s generally intended for use scenarios that get a lot of wind-driven rains [and] hurricane-type winds,” Schaeffer says. “Places where they get really intense storms.” Elastomeric paint can be a good choice in places where the weather pattern includes freeze-and-thaw cycles. Nolan, the Pennsylvania paint company owner, often sees homes discolored due to the seeping of moisture into porous stucco. Over time this degrades the stucco and can also lead to mold’s creeping into the home. Elastomeric paint seals stucco so that moisture can’t penetrate, but since it’s a stretchy material, it will flex along with the stucco as it expands and contracts. Two coats of elastomeric paint can handle hundred-mile-an-hour, wind-driven rain, says Nolan, who doesn’t recommend anything else in his climate. (He also urges homeowners to be sure their window flashing is properly installed so that water doesn’t seep in there.)Sheen. You’ll also want to consider the sheen, or glossiness, of the paint. The typical sheen on a wood house is satin. For stucco, you may want to choose a lower sheen, like matte or flat, because it can better hide any imperfections in the stucco. “Higher sheens will tend to amplify those,” Schaeffer says. Speak with your painting pro about which type and sheen of paint would be right for your home.