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Choosing the Right Exterior Wall Finish for Your Home or Commercial Building

Trowel-On vs. Painting


When it comes to enhancing the exterior of your home or commercial building, choosing the right wall finish is crucial. Two popular options that offer durability and aesthetic appeal are trowel-on finishes and painting. In this blog post, we'll explore the pros and cons of each method to help you make an informed decision based on your specific needs and preferences.


Trowel-On Finishes


Trowel-on finishes, also known as textured finishes or stucco, involve applying a thick layer of material onto the exterior walls using a trowel. Continue reading to learn about the pros and cons of using trowel-on finishes.




Trowel-on finishes provide exceptional durability, making them suitable for both residential and commercial buildings. They can withstand harsh weather conditions, resist cracking, and offer long-term protection to your walls.


Aesthetic Appeal

Trowel-on finishes add texture and depth to your exterior walls, creating a visually appealing look. They come in various textures and can be customised to match your desired style, whether it's a smooth finish or a more rustic appearance.


Sound and Thermal Insulation
Trowel-on finishes offer excellent sound and thermal insulation properties. They can help reduce noise transmission from outside and provide insulation against heat and cold, contributing to energy efficiency.


Low Maintenance

Once applied, trowel-on finishes require minimal maintenance. They can withstand the test of time, and any minor damages can be easily repaired by patching or reapplying the finish.




Higher Initial Cost 

Trowel-on finishes may have a higher initial cost compared to painting. The material and labour involved in the application process can contribute to a higher upfront investment.


Limited Color Options

While trowel-on finishes offer various textures, the colour options might be more limited compared to painting. However, they can be painted over if you desire a different colour in the future. The image below shows our painter, Cecil, applying an accent colour to this newly applied trowel-on.




Painting is a versatile and popular choice for exterior wall finishes. Here are the pros and cons of using paint:




Wide Range of Colours

Painting offers an extensive selection of colours and finishes, allowing you to achieve your desired look. You have the flexibility to change or update the colour easily in the future.



Painting exterior walls generally has a lower upfront cost compared to trowel-on finishes. It is a cost-effective way to refresh and protect your walls while achieving a polished appearance.


Quick Application

Painting can be completed relatively quickly, depending on the size of the project. It is a convenient option if you are looking for a faster turnaround time.


Easy Maintenance

Painted walls are easy to maintain. Regular cleaning and occasional touch-ups can keep them looking fresh and vibrant.




Less Durability

While paint provides some protection to the exterior walls, it is generally less durable than trowel-on finishes. It may be more prone to chipping, peeling, and fading over time, especially in areas with extreme weather conditions.


Limited Texture 

Unlike trowel-on finishes, painting does not add texture or depth to your walls. If you desire a textured look, painting might not be the ideal choice for you.


Less Sound and Thermal Insulation

Paint alone does not offer the same level of sound and thermal insulation as trowel-on finishes. If energy efficiency and noise reduction are important factors for you, additional insulation measures may be required.


Surface Preparation

Proper surface preparation is crucial for a successful paint job. Depending on the condition of your walls, you may need to invest time and effort in cleaning, priming, and repairing any existing damage before painting.


Choosing the Right Option for You


Now that we've explored the pros and cons of trowel-on finishes and painting, how do you decide which one is the right choice for your home or commercial building? Consider the following factors:


Aesthetic Preferences

Think about the desired look and style you want to achieve. If you prefer a textured appearance, trowel-on finishes might be the better option. If you want a wide range of colour choices and the ability to change colours easily, painting is more suitable.


Durability and Maintenance 

Assess the level of durability you require for your exterior walls. If you prioritise long-term protection and minimal maintenance, trowel-on finishes offer superior durability. If you're comfortable with occasional touch-ups and regular maintenance, painting can be a cost-effective choice.



Consider your budget for the project. Trowel-on finishes often have a higher upfront cost, but they offer long-term durability. Painting, on the other hand, has a lower initial cost but may require more frequent maintenance and repainting over time.


Environmental Factors 

Evaluate the climate and weather conditions in your area. If you experience extreme weather, such as heavy rain or intense sunlight, the durability and weather resistance of trowel-on finishes may be advantageous.



Consider your desired timeline for the project. Trowel-on finishes may require more time for application and curing, while painting can be completed relatively quickly.


Consult with Professionals


Ultimately, the decision between trowel-on finishes and painting depends on your specific needs, preferences, and budget. It's advisable to consult with experienced professionals, who specialise in exterior wall finishes such as our team. We can assess your requirements, provide expert advice, and guide you toward the best option for your home or commercial building.


At Tha Builda Construction, we offer a range of services tailored to meet your construction and renovation needs. Contact us today to discuss your project and let our team of experts help you make the right choice for your exterior wall finish.


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