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Stucco Siding

Traditional stucco is adored for its unique look.  Stucco is considered a masonry siding product, along side stone and brick.  Stucco is a cement-like substance that consists of cement base troweled onto a metal lath.  It is then fixed onto the exterior wall. Put simply, the material is made of Portland cement, sand, lime and water which results in a rigid, seamless, fire resistant, long lasting material that requires minimal maintenance.

When it comes to stucco siding, there are two types which include; traditional stucco and Synthetic Stucco. Traditional stucco involves placing the stucco over mesh using a type of concrete over a wire or wood lath. Synthetic stucco, on the other hand, using an acrylic-polymer coat that is sprayed or applied onto a base of fiberglass mesh and foam board insulation. A durable, resilient coat is then placed over that. Synthetic stucco is commonly referred to as Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS).

Many people benefit from synthetic stucco more because it virtually never cracks. Traditional stucco, on the other hand, may crack and chip more frequently. In fact, the major problem with stucco is when water is allowed to get behind it because if this happens there is no way for it to get back out and it can ruin the walls both inside and out. There is a lesser amount of concern for this with synthetic stucco, but it can still be susceptible to high impact from things such as hail or a woodpecker. Also take into account, EIFS is somewhat more expensive than the traditional stucco finish.

Things to know about Stucco siding:

  • The application of stucco siding is not a do-it-yourself job. A qualified professional will be needed to apply stucco siding.
  • It is more expensive then other siding options, mainly because the installation process requires more skill.
  • Stucco welcomes wood peckers and is damaged by water, so be prepared to keep up with repairs.
  • Stucco is an incredible insulator of both warm and cool air.
  • Stucco is extremely durable and can be finished with a variety of textures such as: smooth, raked, or swirled.
  • A layer of paint or some kind of coating can help cover some of the small cracks that form on the surface of the stucco.
  • Stucco may be applied by hand or sprayed on.

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Siding 101

There is a lot to know and to understand about siding before making an informed decision on the siding that is right for your house. You may be surprised, but it’s more than just the way it looks on the outside of your home. To truly understand siding, you must first understand what its importance is and how it is applied.

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