What is the difference between stucco and faux stucco?

Traditional stucco and faux stucco are two completely different products used for walls. Stucco is made up of Portland cement, lime, sand and water and is a hard and dense plaster that is used to coat walls. Faux stucco, on the other hand, is made up of synthetic products and is widely used decoratively to create a grainy, plaster-like finish on exterior or interior walls. While traditional stucco is non-insulating, specific kinds of faux stucco can be made and used for exterior insulation as well. You can create a faux stucco finish at home to change the look of your house with a little expense and effort.