What is stucco? Stucco is a material made of aggregates, a binder and water. It’s applied wet and hardens to a very dense solid and it’s used as decorative coating for walls and ceilings and as a sculptural and artistic material in architecture. It may be used to cover less visually appealing construction materials such as metal, concrete, cinder block, or clay brick and adobe.
Stucco has been a popular home siding choice for seemingly forever, given it’s long and rich tradition. Let’s see why it’s been so popular for so long.
Stucco is durable. Stucco will outlast siding, even vinyl or brick, by decades. You can have stucco siding for up to 50 years before it needs to be replaced. It can withstand extreme temperature changes and weather conditions — it resists the harsh effects of rain, snow, hail, wind and it’s also fire-resistant.
Stucco is virtually maintenance-free. You don’t need to paint it but you can if you want. Sometimes, if a crack develops, you can cover it with paint or a brush-on elastomeric sealant. If you don’t like the stains that stucco can attract, you can lightly pressure wash the surface periodically.
Stucco is energy efficient. It adds an excellent R-value (insulation efficiency) to your home. Stucco will help keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter — this will help you save on your heating and cooling costs.
Stucco is sound-resistant. It can help reduce sound transmissions so if you live in a crowded neighbourhood or your neighbour has a noisy garage band, stucco will help keep the ambient noise out so you can enjoy peace and quiet in your home.
Stucco installation is easy and quick. It works on a variety of different homes and gives you greater versatility over the outside of your homes. It can take less than two days to apply around your entire house and can be applied to concrete and wood frame buildings.
Stucco is inexpensive. It’s made of three readily available ingredients; lime, sand and cement. It’s usually about 6 to 9 dollars a square foot. The best way to get a cost estimate is to call a reputable contractor who specializes in stucco applications.