If you live in Colorado, you are very familiar with orange peal and knock-down textures, and most likely have one of them on your walls. If you own or have visited a custom home that has been built within the last five years, you have seen a hand troweled texture.
Hand troweled textures range from a very smooth pull-trowel texture all the way up to a heavy skip trowel. When I talk to homeowners about these textures, I usually get a lot of confused stares. To help you understand, I will paint a picture. Think of a pull trowel texture as you would see icing on a cake. Within this description, know that there is heavy icing with lots of ribbons, and there is very clean, almost flat icing, with the slightest of waves.
When I say heave skip trowel, think of a Mexican restaurant. If you have seen walls that could almost jump out and hurt you, that is what I am referring to. Lots of texture, and lots of bumps and ridges. Most people don’t want this, but believe me when I tell you that I have seen it asked for, and we have helped get rid of it as well. This is usually performed by a homeowner attempting to add that “special something.”
What has been requested a lot lately, is the light pull trowel, with just a hint of texture. In fact, we just completed a whole house re-texture where a contractor had added a vacuum trowel that the homeowner did not want. A vacuum trowel will have drag marks on the wall, and can also be done heave or light.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to hand trowel textures (even though I will vote that there should be when a novice does not know what he or she is doing). A texture, like a color, is very individual and can be custom created to fit whatever the homeowner’s decorating style is![/full]