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What is it about the stucco that doesn't look right to you
I'm trying to upload two photos for you to look at, but it isn't letting me upload them.
ok, can you describe it for me?
sorry, the picture didn't load right
I know, the upload feature is poorly designed on here. Can I email the photos?
Im sorry, I can only operate in this way
Give me a second . . . I have an idea.
Ok, I will hang on as long as you need
I uploaded the images to my flickr account.
Let me try that link, brb
Ok, got the pictures
You may need to enlarge them to see the detail.
So, is your concern about the color or the pattern ??
What is your first thoughts (before I tell you my concerns)?
Ok, From what I can see in the photos the 2 things that stand out are the color and what I would call the "pattern" of the stucco application.
Now I can tell you this
The pattern is my main concern.
When your working with a "hand applied" material like plaster, concrete and stucco you will be hard pressed to get an identical match in the pattern because of several issues
#1, depending on the age of the buildings your trying to match, the materials can be made of different components that can cause the newer stucco look different. #2, the biggest difference would be that because it is applied by a different person, the style in which they apply the materials will be very different. Like a painting made by a big artist will have very distinct patterns. Plasterers are very much the same.
The stucco is brand new (the townhouses are brand new). Here's my concern: on the oryou can tell the stucco
Sorry, I pressed reply too fast.
On the orange unit, you can see where they did the side in sections, based on the scaffolding. They didn't even try to blend the sections. Is this normal?
This is actually caused by the differences in the coloring used in the stucco mix.
Right, but wouldn't a professional try to blend the sections better?
The idea is to try and get a more even match but some colors are allot harder to get a match when your mixing several small batches. The good news is that the colors will blend together somewhat over the next 6 months to a years from the fading caused by the weather and the sun.
The grey color is actually the easiest to match because its more of a darker color
So, if this was your house, you would be happy with the stucco work in the pictures?
Being in the industry it wouldn't concern me to much because I know its going to blend in after time. If the look they were going for was the historic look from decades or even 100 years ago, then they are actually pretty close. Because this is what those aged buildings were like allot of the times.
The dyes that are used now and back then will vary because they are matural materials
Ok, thanks so much for your time! I will leave you a excellent rating and accept your answer. However, just so you know, I am also going to ask one more expert for their opinion, just for my own piece of mind. Thanks again!