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A versatile and affordable exterior that lasts a lifetime.

With this popular exterior, the finish possibilities are endless - from rough to smooth, white to green, or any texture and color in between!

Hardcoat Stucco NJ


What is Stucco?

Hard coat stucco is a popular modification of more traditional three-coat cement stucco. At only a slightly higher price, its modernized formula creates the same traditional stucco appearance with added strength and durability. Any property owner looking for a modern, maintenance-free home exterior, should keep hard coat stucco on the list of possibilities. Hard coat stucco is composed of two fiber-reinforced plaster coats and one acrylic color finish coat. Please note that the process of hard coat stucco is a bit longer than our other services. When the first 2 coats are applied, they need to cure for about 14 days before the final acrylic coat is applied.  However, during that time any kind of EPS molding will be installed and finished.

What are the benefits of Stucco?

  • Uniform and maintenance-free

  • Unlimited palette of finish colors to choose from

  • Abuse, impact, weather and fire-resistant

  • Never needs to be painted or stained

  • Endures wet/dry and freeze/thaw cycles

Things to consider when choosing Stucco

  • Limited avenues for extensive creativity
  • Less natural appearance than brick or stone
Hardcoat Stucco Home NJ

The Stucco Installation Process

Step One

We first install a weather barrier to protect your walls from air and moisture. For existing wooden structures, we use two layers of #15 black felt paper. Other comparable weather-barriers can be used and installed for any existing home exterior.

Step Two

The galvanized metal lath is installed over the weather barrier. During this procedure, corner beads, expansion joints, weep screeds, and kick-out flashing is installed where necessary. On wooden structures, the metal lath is secured using 16 gauge 3/4 paslode staples. On concrete structures, it is secured with galvanized concrete pins.

Step Three

The first coat of cement is trowelled, allowed to set, then “scratched.”  This is referred to as the scratch coat.

Step Four

The second application of cement is applied evenly throughout each wall, and then floated for a smooth finish. The first two coats of cement are allowed to dry for 10-14 days, depending on weather conditions. The third and final coat is then applied and trowelled according to your desired texture and pattern.

Step Five

After all three cement coats are applied, detailed moldings are installed. Moldings are created from eps foam and are installed on corners, windows, doors, underneath soffits, and any other necessary areas. You can choose from a variety of packages of trim, including standard moldings or custom-cut shapes.

Step Six

Our final procedure is the hand-application of the acrylic stucco finish. If necessary, a stucco primer may be applied as well. Stucco finish colors are chosen from color charts or may be matched to existing stucco colors.

Have you seen our completed Stucco projects?

We have completed 100's of residential Stucco projects, click below to see some of our recent photos.

Are you ready to remodel your exterior to Stucco?

If your home needs a low-cost, new exterior surface that stays beautiful with minimal maintenance, stucco may be the perfect solution. It offers a custom, clean look, giving your home an elegant, affordable and even energy-efficient upgrade that can enhance curb appeal from miles away. If you’re a homeowner and you’re interested in stucco, call us today!

"My wife & I were absolutely blown away by the stucco job Tri-State did on our home. Pat, his dad, brother, and the whole crew treated us as if we were part of their family from beginning to end."