How to Hire a Stucco Contractor

A stucco contractor possesses a specialized skill in dealing with stucco and cement. Stucco refers to a hard, durable plastering used widely in both interior and exterior construction. The stucco is very old, having been introduced around 1200 years ago. There are several types of stucco available today – premium, regular, decorative, and sandstone each having its own distinctive beauty and application.You may want to check out Depend Exteriors for more.

Stucco contractors possess a wide range of skills and experience in order to handle stucco repairs efficiently and competently. A good stucco contractor also is skillful in applying and mixing the stucco so that it stands up to weather conditions and the passage of time. More importantly, he or she ensures that the right tinting is applied on the stucco so that it develops the proper color that the homeowner is hoping for.

Before hiring a stucco contractor, you should make an effort to find one with plenty of references that can prove their credibility. Stucco contractors are more often than not licensed by their state to carry out stucco repairs. In addition, they are bonded by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and are qualified to work on projects of this magnitude. Your contractor should be willing to provide you with work schedules, price quotes, and give you a free estimate. It is important to hire a competent stucco contractor who will handle your project professionally and without any excessive delays. You can choose a contractor based on his past projects or based on recommendations provided by previous homeowners.

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Understanding Why Desert Sand not Used for Construction?

A friend of mine from down south sent me a link to an interesting article in regards to the sand used in desert landscaping. It’s interesting that as the world’s population continues to grow, we seem to be desensitized to the use of “green” resources and do not put as much thought into how we use what we have. I found the following to be interesting. The sand used in desert landscaping is generally not treated or recycled. In most cases, the sand used is simply thrown away. Check this page.

So, why is desert sand not used for construction? Sand is not an environmentally friendly product. It is difficult to reuse sand and the processes involved adding processing costs to the total cost of building a structure. Sand also does not add any real value to the structure. As the writer points out, the “builders” of these large structures could just as easily have taken the sand and used it themselves. They would still have gotten a structure, but it would have cost them very little in the way of materials and labor to do it themselves, and there are far more efficient ways to make things in the desert today.

Apparently, the big “builders” of the world simply chose to ignore all of this when constructing their huge structures. It takes a lot more manpower and material to build a sandstone wall than it does to make bricks or concrete. Why? Because sand is easily imprinted with the correct shape and density to make the right type of structure, and engineers have measured this many times, and simply apply the necessary adjustments when building.

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