Stucco homes look amazing. No wonder stucco was the finish-of-choice throughout the western U.S. until the 1980s and is one of the world’s oldest types of siding materials.
Traditional stucco is extremely strong and durable because it’s made of lime, sand, and water. Many of today’s stucco, however, is less durable and can be brittle because they’re made of Portland Cement, sand, and water.
Well-maintained stucco exteriors can last for 50 years or more. It’s almost maintenance-free since you only need to do a thorough inspection of it and to clean it once a year.
It’s versatile and offers homeowners a customized look of their homes. Your home can have a smooth, rough, or patterned look. You can even add color, stones, an acrylic finish or any decorative features you want.
Stucco is breathable, water-shedding, and impact-resistant. It resists rot, fungus, and insects. It’s also fire- and noise-resistant.
While it’s considered cost-effective because it doesn’t require expensive materials, stucco application is very labor intensive which can drive costs up. It requires professional installation so a DIY endeavor should be out of the question.
Stucco homes, unfortunately, are not ideal in a rainy environment or areas prone to earthquakes. If you’re fortunate enough to be situated in a normal climate, then a stucco siding is one of your best options.
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