- Merlex Stucco - Color Coat Stucco Systems
- Advantages of Stucco Systems
- What makes up Merlex Color Coat Stucco?
- Requesting Custom Colors
- Recoloring & Patching with Fogcoat
In commercial construction, other systems in addition to traditional 3-coat stucco are commonly used with Merlex Color Coat Stucco. Merlex Color Coat can be applied over concrete masonry units (CMUs), poured-in-place concrete, and "one-coat" base coats; virtually any cement-based surface is suitable for application of Merlex's stucco products.
- Economical: stucco is the most cost-efficient exterior cladding system available
- Versatile: qualified contractors can apply stucco to virtually any shape or surface, in many colors and textures, allowing near-infinite design flexibility
- Water resistant: properly applied stucco systems do not permit water to enter the building
- Low maintenance: most stains wash off; stucco does not require painting
- Abuse resistant: stucco is durable enough to last decades
- Fire-resistant: noncombustible, zero flame spread and zero smoke development
- Breathable: while stucco systems do not allow water to penetrate, they do allow mold-causing water vapor to exit
- Climate-flexible: suitable for hot and cold, wet and dry climates with freeze and thaw cycles
Merlex Color Coat Stucco is also cement-based, and consists of a proven blend of cement, sand, lime, and other natural ingredients. Our stucco comes in three different sand grades: 16/20 sand (standard), 20/30 sand (intermediate), and Santa Barbara finish or 30 sand (smooth finish). A wide variety of textures, such as sand finish, lace finish, dash finish, catface finish, and smooth finish, are possible using each of the different sand grades - consult your stucco contractor for more information.
Blending stucco is not rocket science, but producing consistent colors is how Merlex differentiates itself. Our 30 Standard Colors and 10 Premium Colors come out consistently every time and match the samples you'll see at our dealers, our plant, as well as our color chart. Architects, designers, and builders, trust the Merlex Color Lab to match their desired colors and produce stucco consistently to their specifications. This is why many of today's top builders such as Shea Homes, S&S, Standard Pacific, and Woodside, specify Merlex Stucco on their projects. Merlex's stucco is widely available through building material dealers and accepted by stucco contractors all over the West.
Merlex's Color Lab stands ready to assist you with your project. If our 30 Standard Colors and 10 Premium Colors do not meet your needs, don't worry - they are just the tip of the iceberg! One option is to bring in a paint chip for our Lab to match in stucco. The process can take several days to several weeks, depending on whether we've matched the color before. If so, we can make you a standard 3-inch-square sample for you to take with you and approve before ordering the material. If it is a new color to us, our experienced lab technicians will create a new color for you with its own P-number for you to use in placing your order.
We can match most anything you bring us, limited only by the natural pigments that are suitable for use in cement-based stucco. Keep in mind that darker colors require more pigments and labor to produce. Approximately 65% of all our colors are standard cost, but darker colors and especially blues and greens will cost a little more. We can give you a price if you give us your P-number.
If you are matching an existing structure, we strongly recommend bringing in a physical sample for our Color Lab to match. Even if you know the Merlex P-number on your house, we recommend a physical match, because stucco does fade over time from exposure to the elements. Also, raw material deposits vary slightly over time.
Once you've chosen your color and have the Merlex P-number, ordering is simple. If it's one of our 35 stock colors, we stock 35 sacks of premix and color packs at all times - just come on in and get it! If you've chosen a custom color, you'll need to place an order ahead of time, by phone (714) 637-1700, for the material. You can pay cash at our plant office, or your stucco contractor can order the stucco through his material dealer. Keep in mind that an average sized house requires 30-40 sacks, each weighing 90 pounds. That material will need to be delivered to the job site, which is why it is advisable to purchase through a material dealer who has all the necessary equipment to get the job done right.
Fogcoat is a more efficient and affordable alternative to exterior painting. A special blend of cement and lime (without sand), Fogcoat is available in all of our stucco colors. It is blended with water on the job site and can be sprayed or brushed onto stucco to adjust color without affecting texture. It is used to even out color around patches, cover stains, and even recolor entire houses.
The key benefits of Fogcoat are (1) it won't peel or flake off like paint, since the cement in it bonds to the cement in the stucco underneath; (2) it allows the building to breathe, whereas elastomeric paints can lock moisture inside the walls and cause mold growth; (3) it allows flexibility to change the color in the future with another color of Fogcoat; (4) Fogcoat does not require scraping and sandblasting (unless the surface has been painted previously); (5) it is applied in such a thin layer that it does not cover up the stucco texture underneath.
Although a handy homeowner could perform a small job using Fogcoat, Merlex recommends the use of a qualified stucco contractor to ensure that the house color meets expectations. Working with pigments in a cement matrix is not as simple as it may seem. The weather, application technique, underlying surface, and equipment make a big difference in the finished product.
For more detailed information about our stucco products, please see the Specifications on our website!