In the early 1920s, right about the time of
the Bungalow Boom, the portland-cement
industry made a big effort to sell architects,
home builders and home buyers on the
"charm, beauty and permanence" of stucco.
This campaign was quite successful; many of
the houses built during this period were clad
in stucco, and many older houses were
remodeled with the material.
Before 1900, most stucco houses were
finished with lime-based stucco, which is particularly
susceptible to water damage. There
are still lots of lime-based stucco houses standing,
however, and in this article well discuss
how to distinguish between the types of stucco,
and how to repair each type.
Water is the cause of most stucco