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Benefits of Stucco Siding

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Benefits of Stucco Siding

Stucco is a popular siding option because it is low-cost and because you can do so much with it. Creative homeowners can add color to their stucco; make it look as smooth as a piece of paper; or form patterns and textures.


Stucco is basically the same plaster you use inside your home, made hardier so that it can withstand the elements. Stucco is made from a mixture of sand and lime. According the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, “the term ‘stucco’ is used to describe a type of exterior plaster applied as a two- or three-part coating directly onto masonry, or applied over wood or metal lath to a log or wood frame structure.


There are a lot of good reasons to use stucco on a house – but is it right for your home? Read this guide to find out more.

  1. 1.Versatile

    Creative homeowners can add color to their stucco; make it look as smooth as a piece of paper; or form patterns and textures.

    Stucco can be a blank canvas for homeowners. They can mix pigment into it to create a variety of different colors, or paint it whatever color they’d like. Stucco has sometimes been painted or embellished to resemble more expensive building materials, such as Stucco has been marble or granite. The way it is applied can also give it a different look and texture. A “splatterdash” finish is created by throwing the stucco against the wall with a broom or brush. “Pebbledash” is created by throwing small pebbles against a still-wet wall. Applying stucco in smooth, raked, or circle patterns will all yield unique results.

  2. 2.Low cost

    Stucco is made up of three basic (and very readily available) ingredients: lime, sand and cement, which means that it is pretty easy on the pocketbook. Some estimates put it about $6-$9 per square foot. You could even try your hand at applying it yourself, which will cut down on costs even more. The best way to get an exact cost estimate is to find a good contractor and get an estimate. Most reputable contractors give free estimates, and will let you know if there are any particularities about your home that might make stucco a good/bad siding option for you.

  3. 3.Easy to use

    Stucco can be as easy or complex to apply as you want it to be. Some people prefer a rough-hewn look that will have irregularities or imperfections. That is something that the average homeowner could probably reproduce. Techniques that favor pattern and texture are also easier for the average person to reproduce. Additionally, stucco is pretty durable so it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.


    There are a few things you should always consider when choosing what material to cover your home. Think about what the weather is like for your area of the world, your budget, and your personal tastes. Then, carefully select a professional who can get the job done in a reasonable amount of time for a reasonable amount of money. Make the selection that is right for you, and you’ll be happy for years to come.

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