Atlanta contractors suggest texture coat cover ups

Atlanta contractors suggest texture coat cover ups

"My 2,200-square-foot house has a horrible texture coat all over it. I'm thinking about having the texture coat removed, and then painting the house. But I can't find anyone to remove the texture coat. One contractor said it couldn't be sandblasted because that would damage the underlying wood. Help!"
- Susan Riess

Patrick Taylor, of highly rated Taylor Stucco in Atlanta, says the first step is determining what type of texture coat is already present.

"In a home that's about 20 years old or less, it's probably a synthetic texture coat," Taylor says. "If that's the case, rather than removing it, you could add a texture coat by sanding it, adding a skim coat to even it out and then refinishing it."

Jason Simpson, of highly rated All About Painting Contractors in Cumming, Ga. agrees: "You could apply another layer of texture coat on top of it using a new synthetic stucco mix or something comparable." But those aren't the only options. "You could also put new siding over it," Simpson adds.

Taylor suggests another option, especially if the home has the more uneven texture coat commonly found in older homes. "If she doesn't want to go to the expense of removing it, I would foam over it," he says.

The process, he explains, involves attaching a new layer of foam backing material over the original surface, which would make a uniformly even base, cover over the wood strips and increase the home's insulation, and then applying a new coat of synthetic texture.

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