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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. Stucco Problems Water is the cause of most stucco