cement mortar applied to block or brick just to cover
the masonry and really doesn't matter what it looks
Stucco is cement mortar applied to block or brick or other surfaces as a decorative finish that matters what it looks like.
Sometimes parging is put on blocks and
painted, like on this house in Dale City, Virginia.
The block joints usually show through, and the mortar is sort of evened out with a brush.
If parging has been painted, the paint must be chipped off or removed before
stucco application, like on the back of this town house in Springfield, Virginia.
can be scored and stucco applied using a bonding
admixture. Most of the time,
parging is pretty soft because it has a lot of sand in the mix, usually 3:1 or greater. Remember, sand is a lot cheaper than cement.
Please check oput some of our jobs where we have stuccoed over parging: