Stucco Exterior

Stucco- What is it and why is it popular?

 If you’re not from the dry heat and blistering sunshiny states of the Southwest, the word stucco may be foreign to you. However, you might want to consider learning about it because it is is an excellent choice for the exterior of your house. It is a good price for all its amazing benefits, very sturdy, and aesthetically pleasing. Stucco is one of our specialties and below I will outline the main reasons why stucco is always a popular choice.

First, what is stucco?

Stucco is a type of fine plaster that is used to coat wall surfaces or mold it into architectural decoration. It is used as an exterior (and sometimes interior) cement plaster and is generally made with a mixture of cement, lime, water, and sometimes synthetic acrylics and fibers. The natural colors can range from beige to a muddy light brown and can even have a rustic copper tone. It’s a very popular look all over the country but it’s seen the most in the West and Southwest.

So, why is it so great?

Many reasons. Stucco is cost-effective, fungus and rot resistant, and is so durable that it is considered tornado-proof. It is usually applied in three layers over a lath base and can give the exterior of your home look unique. It is also very low-maintenance and fire resistant.

What are some other advantages?

Let me just start by saying, we all can’t stand loud neighbors. And if you are that loud neighbor, you might be noticing people adding stucco on the houses around you. This is because stucco reduces sound transmission. This is also a great bonus if you are in a neighborhood that’s close to a freeway or railroad.

The cement, silica, and lime that stucco consists of basically creates a shell around your home which leads us to our next advantage- stucco housing will keep your house warm and cozy in the winter and chilled in the summer. Therefore, you will save a lot of money on electricity during any climate change.

Stucco is also very quick and easy to install, and even though there are multiple layers it can take as little as one or two days for our excellent team to get it installed. On top of that, it is customizable. It can be applied to both wood and concrete buildings and you can adjust the color to your own taste. If you decide that you want to change the exterior color in the future it’s a simple task. It’s also a great base for those who are artsy and want to create something original for their home like a wall mural.

There’s got to be disadvantages, right?

The only true disadvantage of stucco is the price tag it comes with. While it’s not the most pricy of exterior projects, it is more expensive than vinyl siding or cement fiber. But before you change your mind, let me mention that stucco exterior can last a whopping 50 years or more. It is also very low maintenance, so in all reality, stucco ends up paying for itself.

Final thoughts

It might be on the pricier end (even though it isn’t as expensive as other options) but it is on the extremely durable end, so it ends up paying for itself. It is long-lasting, fire and weather resistant, and customizable. There are many excellent reasons to consider installing stucco and making it your next big home improvement.

Dallas Remodeling and Construction Company MBC Services Launches New Division for Water Restoration

MBC Services, a noted residential and commercial remodeling and construction firm located in Dallas, has just introducing a new water restoration service division. This new division will be key to the company’s plan for expansion into a wide range of water damage related services including sewage leaks, flooding, broken water heaters, hurricane damage, and much more.

Dallas, TX January 8, 2017

MBC Services is pleased to announce the formal opening of their new division that will offer dedicated water damage Dallas restoration service to the company’s growing clientele in this region. A residential and commercial remodeling and construction firm, MBC Services has already carved a niche for itself with a comprehensive range of services including roofing, complete kitchen remodels, complete bathroom remodels, decks, porches, arbors, and many other related services. The company’s new division will offer restoration service for water damage caused by sewage leaks, flooding, broken water heaters, hurricane damage, and much more.

Water damage is one of the most common and potentially destructive problems faced by the property owners. If not addressed immediately, these problems may very easily lead to electrical hazards, expensive damage to the building structure and furnishings, and the growth of hazardous mold. MBC Services has built a team of trained technicians and experts to provide quick and inexpensive fixes to all of these problems. The company will also provide emergency service to help restore residential and commercial properties following any disaster. In order to ensure best results for their clients, MBC Services will only use state-of-the-art products and methods/ procedures that meet or exceed industry standards.

MBC Services was founded in 2012 by Michael Barbieri as a high-end residential remodeling service provider in the Dallas area. Over the years, the team has grown into a full spectrum provider of residential and commercial construction and restoration Dallas service. MBC Services is rated highly by the clients for their knowledgeable team, strong work ethics, attention to detail, communication, and the highest standards of quality.

Announcing the launch of the company’s new water damage restoration Dallas division, the founder and CEO of MBC Services Michael Barbieri said, “We are really excited to be launching our new water damage restoration division to the company. This adds what we can offer to people of Dallas and we think we can help many families who suffer from water damage in their homes or apartments.”

About MBC Services: MBC Services is a residential and commercial remodeling and construction firm located in Dallas, Texas.  The company is built on the foundation of a knowledgeable team, a strong work ethic, attention to detail, communication, and the highest standards of quality. MBC offers a wide range of services, including: bathroom remodels, custom showers, interior and exterior painting, exterior siding, kitchen remodels, room additions, residential and commercial roofing, and much more.




Dallas Construction

Top 3 Construction Must-Do’s for Every Contractor

When it comes to work for commercial contractors, there are hundreds of things that need to be considered in order to be able to do a successful job for the project. If you do not take care of these things, the contractor can find themselves in a world of problems. For one, you could be sued by the building. Another issue is that you may have to redo the entire project if not done correctly, which could cost thousands of dollars, hundreds of thousands, or possibly in the millions of dollars on larger projects.

But, if these things are properly taken care of from the get-go, then it is likely that the construction project will go very smoothly, timely, and as cost-effective as possible. While we can’t write about all of the things that should be done in order to run a successful construction business in this article, here are this weeks top 3 “must-dos” for every commercial contractor.


  1. Make a proper scope. Before undergoing any construction project, make sure you put together a proper “scope” of work. What is a scope of work? A scope of work is simply a document that details the precise services, products, timeline, and expectations that your company will provide to the owner and/or the contractor. When drafting up your project scope, it is very important that you include as much detail and precision as possible so as to avoid any confusion or gray areas. The last thing you want to do is be working and towards the end the project, have the owner of the property come out and say that they didn’t want it the way your company did it. This will cause you to have to re-do it, and that could cost a lot of time and money.
  2. Payment Details. When it comes to getting paid, we can all agree that money is important. Therefore, your payment details in the contract agreement should also be very carefully thought out and put together. When you are drafting up the payment agreement, you will also want to make this as precise as possible and include a time schedule, any milestones that will need payment, types of payment accepted, and due dates.
  3. Other Provisions. It is also always a good include different types of provisional related items, such as late payments, unexpected costs (such as attorney’s fees, collection bills, etc.), the consequences of non-payment, and anything else that you think should be detailed. In the payment detail document, make sure to include provisional information that may include what will happen should payment by the property owner not be received. For example, you can include that if payment is not received, you have the ability to suspend or terminate the work on the project and seek immediate recovery until payment is made. It is best to work with a business attorney in your area to draft up this agreement property to make sure you are covered.

These are the top 3 dos for construction contractors to follow. It is highly recommended to do each one of these in order to successfully sustain a construction business. Of course, there are any other things that should be done in order to keep a smooth business going, but we believe these three are the common, most fundamental that are a good base to build upon.

Commercial Remodeling Dallas

Commercial Construction Vs. Residential Construction

When looking at construction companies, there are many things to consider. One of those things is which type of construction company you actually have to hire to get your project complete. There are several types of construction companies out there, and they mainly fall under two categories: commercial and residential.

So, what exactly is the difference between the two? That answer depends on what level of work you are looking for. Commercial construction is geared toward very large projects, even building skyscrapers and bridges. Residential construction contractors are called for smaller projects such as building a garage on to your home or renovating a kitchen. There are always exceptions to these, as some companies offer contractors that know how to do both.

Commercial Construction

There are many things that set commercial construction apart from residential- one of them being material used. Commercial construction is often very large and functional buildings made with a concrete or steel structure. One of the bigger differences is code requirements for certain building types, such as fire safety, egress requirements, and handicap accessibility. This is something you don’t often see in residential areas. Commercial construction is aimed more towards bigger buildings with more intricate infrastructure needs such as elevators, parking areas, cafeterias, public restrooms, etc. Commercial construction usually costs much more due to a larger building, which requires more workers, material, and consultations. Commercial construction can require an architect, a longer project period, and workers have to be extremely skilled in knowledge of all large building design styles.

Residential Construction

For your cozier projects that are closer to home, a residential construction company or contractors is who you would get ahold of. In residential, obviously everything differs from commercial- plumbing, electrical, functionality, and of course space. The rules between both are completely different. In residential, you are more likely to see construction done with wood rather than steel or concrete, though again, there are always exceptions. In the personality nature of things, residential contractors are more aimed to listen to a person or family’s certain needs, whereas commercial contractors refer to an architects design. It is also aimed more towards smaller projects that take less time and are cheaper, such as renovations and house add-ons.

Which one is best for me?

It should be pretty simple for you to determine which style of construction fits your needs better. If you are a homeowner looking to make your home more spacious or possibly tear down some old walls, even if you are looking to build an entire small building such as a shed in your backyard, it would only be natural for you to select a residential construction company or private contractor in your area. It is very important that you make sure these are licensed professionals with a history of excellent work and notable success stories or before and after pictures. On the contrary, if you are constructing a large business from the ground up with multiple stories somewhere in the city by a bunch of other large buildings, then commercial would be your option.