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Choosing Stucco Siding

Several Reason for Choosing Stucco Siding

If you’ve ever seen a house that looked like it was coated in clay or cement, it was probably covered in stucco siding.


What is it Made From?


Stucco is a mixture of Portland cement, sand, and water. These three materials combine to create a very durable substance that dries into a hard, rock-like consistency that’s smooth or rough, depending on how it is finished. Stucco is applied over a rough wire framework that helps the material adhere effectively.


The Advantages of Stucco Siding


There are several advantages to using stucco. It’s highly versatile, it’s affordable, and it’s a long-lasting and durable material, which makes it such a popular option.


Versatile


Stucco siding can be finished to a smooth or rough texture. It’s also possible to place stones and other little objects in the stucco to give it a unique exterior look. Not only can you change the texture of stucco, but you can change the color as well. Add some different colors straight into the mixture to alter it, or paint over top of it after it’s finished.


Fire-Resistant


Made from plaster and cement, stucco is highly resistant to fire. Compared to options like wood siding, or even vinyl siding, stucco is much more effective at smoldering a fire and keeping a home from burning down.


Durable


It’s possible for stucco to last up to 50 years before it must be replaced. That means that many homes will only have to be refinished once during the lifetime of the occupant at the most, and many people will only see one stucco application before switching to a different house.


Cost-Effective


Stucco itself is very affordable—in fact, it’s one of the cheapest forms of siding on the market. It’s the application that adds to the bill and makes it comparable in cost to other siding options available. Stucco is challenging to install, and it requires skilled installers to get the job done. This adds to the bill, but it’s still a highly reasonable form of siding.


Offers Effective Insulation


Stucco is thicker than many siding options, like vinyl siding, for example. It’s also made from dense material that serves as a powerful insulator. Since several layers of that material will be applied to the outside of the house by the end of the process, stucco is a highly effective insulator that’s good for making a home more airtight than it once was. When you’re trying to improve the insulation of your home, it makes sense to have stucco put on as the siding, and you’ll even notice that it blocks out some exterior noise as well.

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