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Stucco siding is a popular choice for exterior decor, providing an attractive finish to a home. The effect is particularly popular in communities with an emphasis on southwest decor. It is also commonly used by home builders because of the ease of installation. Selecting stucco siding allows for many options in decorative effects as well.

The Costs 

  • The minimum cost for stucco siding is $3 per square foot.

  • The maximum cost for stucco siding is $8 per square foot.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Stucco Siding

The color choices for stucco wall coatings are numerous. It is possible to select reflective colors for assisting with home comfort levels in hot regions. It is also possible to obtain colorful results based on a particular palette to be used in a home's decorative scheme. A stucco coating is placed over a waterproof barrier, providing a weatherproofing effect to protect the interior areas from moisture. The exterior material can be installed with a variety of finish methods to ensure a truly custom appearance based on a homeowner's interests and budget.

Environmental factors can present some challenges with stucco siding. Installation during excessive humidity or heat may affect the outcome with a product. Poor product quality can also be an issue that leads to inconsistent results. Inconsistency in adding water to cement stucco products can lead to problems with the resulting application of the materials. Hairline cracks in stucco are common, an issue that may cause a homeowner to think twice about installing this type of siding. If significant damage occurs, matching colors in patch materials can be extremely difficult. In fact, the best way to handle repairs is through refinishing an entire structure.

Preparing for Stucco Siding

If stucco will replace an existing wall covering, it may be necessary to strip away materials. Waterproof coating paper is used to cover the area to be treated. Additionally, a layer of metal netting is used to create a rough surface for the base coat of stucco to adhere to. In cases of stucco siding being applied to a block or concrete surface, the waterproof materials may be omitted. Costs of these materials should be included in a budget for a stucco siding project.

Stucco System

The material used will determine the number of stages of application. An initial base coat is applied and scraped to incorporate ridges for adhesion of the second layer. After a cure period, a second coat of stucco is applied. The surface must be smoothed with trowels and floated prior to an additional cure period. The final coat is the point at which texture and color choices will be incorporated into the system. A spray application allows for a quicker result. Trowels may be used to obtain more intricate effects. It is important to complete this final coat in a single application to eliminate color inconsistencies.

Professional Application

The involvement of a professional plasterer in applying a stucco siding may be helpful for obtaining the most consistent and attractive results. Because the professional is trained in different systems and effects, this individual can make recommendations for the best products based on a home's existing features and a homeowner's interests. Additionally, working with a licensed contractor ensures that any problems with materials or results can be addressed without increased expenses.

Maintaining Stucco Siding

A homeowner should inspect stucco walls annually to check for damage and repair needs. Although it may be difficult to exactly match the color and texture of existing stucco, small flaws may be addressed with just a small patch job. In cases of more extensive damage, it may be necessary to work with a professional to repair an area. It is helpful to explore guarantees from the installation experts to ensure that warranties are taken into account if damage occurs. Improper application of a stucco system by a homeowner may void any product warranty, making it important to consider these issues prior to deciding on a product or method for stuccoing a home.

A homeowner may falsely believe that a stucco wall coating may be painted to obtain a new look. However, this is not recommended because paint can seal pores in the material that allow for the movement of air between layers of the home and the outside environment. Moisture can be trapped in these layers when paint or another coating creates a barrier, leading to the potential for mold or mildew to develop. This can also lead to more pronounced damage in the stucco coating through cracks. A homeowner should also note that breaching the stucco layer with nails or screws could lead to cracking and other problems.

Alternatives to Stucco Siding 

Exterior insulation and finishing system, known as EIFS, can be used to achieve both insulating and decorative effects. This type of wall cladding system is often referred to as synthetic stucco, but it is not technically considered stucco. This system involves the use of foam panels in creating a surface for adhesion of the wall coating. The exterior coatings in these systems are often pre-mixed, eliminating concerns over proper moisture content that may be dealt with in cementitious stuccos. Additionally, these synthetic materials may provide further weatherproofing benefits that aren't found in cement products.

Homeowners who need a simple application process for a wall coating may prefer painting as there are not as many concerns with product mixing and multiple layers of application. While insulating and waterproofing benefits may not be as easily achieved with paint, maintenance and updates are not as complicated. Additionally, the timing for painting can be much shorter. Whereas stucco application is often best handled by a professional who understands the chemical properties and features of the materials being used, a novice can often obtain pleasing results through painting a home's exterior.

Deciding on the best effects and products for stucco may involve some research to ensure that the results will be as desired. It is important to recognize that a desirable outcome is dependent on skillful application and proper timing for curing of the materials.

Last updated on Aug 5, 2014

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