Question and answers on Stucco and Plastering-- October,
Hiding expansion joints in stucco
We are building a home in Chattanooga, TN. When we asked
for “stucco” we had no idea all that is
involved with stucco. Long story short, after many weeks of
back and forth it was clear I wanted
smooth stucco WITHOUT expansion joints. But my builder and
stucco contractor said I had to have
the joints due to the “quick growth” framing underneath. We
have discussed possible options to
hide the joints like using caulk or at least putting the
paint in there are wiping it out to
Is there any way you know of to hide these “necessary"
I think expansion joints are ugly. They were never used
prior to the 1950's. We mainly do work on old houses that
expansion joints, so I don't really see the necessity if
weren't used in the 1930's.
To me the best means of controlling expansion is by using
weep screeds or
weep grounds at the bottom of the wall.
One method of hiding joints we used when a homeowner
on a horizontal joint is by using a decorative band just
below the joint so you can't see the joint.