Tips For Working With Stucco Trim Materials

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If you are a siding expert and want to start branching out into the world of commercial building, then you may notice that some of the buildings you are contracted to work on are made with brick or concrete materials. In these situations, it is best to install matching trim and stucco can allow for the best function and look. If you have never worked with this trim, then keep reading to learn about some tips.

Use A Masonry Cutting Tool

Stucco trim is a unique material made from a foam polystyrene base. The expanded polystyrene material creates the base of the trim and it is covered with fiberglass and a thin layer of concrete. The base makes up the bulk of the trim and allows it to remain lightweight. This is ideal for installation purposes, but you should not consider the polystyrene when you go to cut the trim so it can be fitted onto buildings. It is true that a wood blade can cut through the trim. However, the concrete on the outside of the trim will dull the blade quickly. If you continue to use a dull blade, then you will start to see nicks along the edge of the trim. 

A masonry blade is sharp and strong enough to cut through the concrete and the foam base. Both circular saws and miter saws work well to make your cuts. Due to the concrete and fiberglass dust created during the cutting process, make sure to wear a dust mask and eye protection as you use your saw. Also, you want to make your cuts front to back, so the blade goes through the hard concrete part of the trim first.

Use The Correct Adhesive

Since the majority of the trim is made from polystyrene foam, the foam may be exposed in the back of the trim. This depends on the type of product you purchase. If the foam is exposed, then you will need a foamboard adhesive to stick the foam part of the trim to the exterior of the building. This adhesive typically comes in a tube, like caulk. When you purchase the tube of the adhesive, make sure to spread a thick layer of the material along the back of the trim. 

You also will need a concrete adhesive to secure the lip of the concrete to the building. If the back part of the trim is covered in concrete, then you can use this type of adhesive alone. Like the foamboard variety, make sure to spread a thick layer of the adhesive before pressing the trim into place. 

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