Properly constructed, cement stucco systems do not require paint.
That is the opinion of the Stucco Manufacturers Association, which recommends maintenance of stucco be done with cement-based materials.
The advantages of cement materials over paint includes technical advantages in remaining a water-shedding system, aesthetic benefits as well as significant long term cost savings.
Traditional 3-part, cement Stucco is a great building exterior, it is fire and pest resistant, durable and long-lasting. Conventional, cement stucco is a water-shedding system that will only slowly take in water, and then release it gradually (and uniformly) as the weather clears.
Stucco Colormatch are specialists in restoration of cement-based stucco. We are familiar with a wide range of commercially available repair and refinish materials including Stucco Colormatch's own line of durable and colorfast finish materials.
Restoration includes quality repairs (repairs that don't look like repairs), color-matched touch-up or whole building color change, in hand-textured, sand and smooth finishes using the latest innovations in cement-based materials to make old, tired, stained stucco look and perform like new.
We also feel we are being of service to recommend the preventative maintenance measures that will enable stucco to look great for a long time.
These can identify simple measures, such as getting sprinklers off of buildings, or fixing gutters than can save on stucco maintenance costs.
As an example, we performed stucco restoration on a heavily stained 127 unit, luxury condominium complex in 2013 for 35% the cost of paint. At the time, the buildings had received no maintenance, other than some light power washing during their 26 year lifetime.
We kept the original color, which still looked good in a number of locations, and performed extensive restoration of stained and repaired areas back to a bright, uniform color. The buildings looked like new.
Here we are in 2018, five years later, performing an aesthetic tune-up at this stucco complex. 90% - 95% of the stucco still looks like new, but the property faces the ocean, and decks that accumulate airborne soot and dirt are regularly pelted by storms with wind.
We are currently doing a thorough restoration work on the entire complex at a cost of 15% of the 2013 paint bid.
Of equal importance, we will not be significantly reducing the buildings ability to breathe, and release moisture that has found it’s way into the cement-based exterior.
How do we match color?
We use the same oxide pigments used in just about every commercially available, cement stucco color in a fine finish material that is acrylic-modified for bond, durability and color-fastness (without significantly inhibiting the buildings ability to breathe), and we have years of practice.
We are looking for stucco craftsmen interested in teaming up with us to bring what we do in cement-based stucco care to your area.
Whether you are a Homeowner, Contractor, Property Manager, of HOA Board Member, we invite you to contact us, to learn more about stucco restoration, the superior alternative to paint.
Stucco Colormatch is a proud Business Partner within CAI (Community
Associations Institute) Channel Islands Chapter.
A smooth stucco home on Channel Islands harbor that was extensively cracked, seriously streaked with stains, with stucco peeling where the drains were not working correctly... restored to near new without paint.
Five years later, still looking like new...
Brand new, uniform, bright color.
"I've been using Kap for over 20 years. Stucco Colormatch is the best option for dealing with difficult stucco repairs. I would't think of using anyone else."
Gordon Miller, General Pavement Management, Inc. - CEO
"I am happy to provide a reference for both the company, Stucco Colormatch and its staff.
I had never used their services before but when one of my HOA boards expressed an interest in painting their 13 buildings but did not have all of the money to do so, I provided them with a proposal from Stucco Colormatch. It was a good fit from day one.
Mark Bass does not hesitate to attend board meetings as needed and requested. His calm demeanor and knowledge of the stucco business went a long ways towards convincing the board that this process could be the perfect solution. I too learned a lot about ‘painting’ stucco vs. ‘coating’ stucco! When the board determined that the cost of this process was approximately 50% of painting, the deal was closed!
All of the staff was very kind and patient, even with the more troublesome residents. The project went smoothly and was finished on time and on budget. I encourage HOA boards to consider this company and this process if they are interested in rejuvenating their stucco at an affordable price."
Colleen Scott, Anchor Community Management. - Principal
"We regularly hire Stucco Colormatch for our most demanding stucco work. It is a pleasure to work with craftsmen who do such carefully detailed, finish work."
Marwan Kashou, Pacific Construction, a K & S Construction Company. - Principal
"I have known Kap Young and his work for more than 20 years. I have witnessed his commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail. More recently, I have been closely following the technical advances made by Stucco Colormatch Corporation (SCC), and their understanding of the water shedding nature of traditional, color-integral stucco systems. I am in full agreement with SCC’s declaration that application of modest amounts of color-matched, polymer-modified cement materials is functionally superior to paint when caring for cement-based stucco exteriors.
The high initial cost of paint, recurring high cost in repaint every 8-10 years, with it's accompanying risk of peeling and/or blistering, (requiring sandblasting and/or re-stucco) does not appear to be justifiable when compared to the reduced cost, reduced environmental impact, and superior long-term performance achieved by maintaining the existing, cement character of stucco exteriors."
Bruce R Kimmel,
General Contractor, Certified Building Inspector, CSI (Construction Specialists Institute) Member, Adjunct Professor, Ventura Community College Construction Technology, Past President, CAI (Community Associations Institute) Channel Islands Chapter.
"Damn, I can't even tell where you were working. I wish I'd known about you guys when I was building."
Building Inspector, Code Enforcement Officer, City of Fillmore, Ca.