Stucco Houses, Are They For You?

Stucco Houses, Are They For You?

Some people absolutely love stucco houses and some people don’t. They have a unique look to them that’s fresh and seamless. You are able to choose just about any color you would like and even model it if you are into that kinda thing.

I want to show you some examples of out of the ordinary stucco homes, so you can get a rough idea of what styles there are and the difference between them all.

Stucco House Pros And Cons: Coming Soon!

Benefits Of Stucco:

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    ​Less maintenance compared to other types of siding
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    ​Many different finishes to choose from for a more customized look
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    ​Will last many decades and sometimes even centuries, if maintained

​Disadvantages Of Stucco:

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    ​More expensive to install
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    ​Prone to cracks because of the material used
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    ​More expensive to repair than other siding materials

Maintaining Stucco Homes: ​Maintenance is really minimal to non-existent when it comes to properly installed stucco. Whether you have a traditional type of finish or an acrylic type of finish, you can expect many decades of care free service.

There will be some minor issues that will come up like small cracks (due to settling and other factors) and occasional cleaning (every 3-10 years) using a pressure washer to get rid of staining, moss buildup, etc. Most of the time, these maintenance "items" can be tackled by your average homeowner but you will need to do some research when it comes to repairing the cracks around your home.

​If your stucco is painted, then you will have to re-paint it regularly, depending on the type of climate you live in. Paint only lasts so long and as we all know, it can start to peel, fade and chip off after time. Painting your stucco take the "maintenance-free aspect" away and can only be recovered from having a stucco recoat applied to the walls. One of the biggest benefits of stucco is the maintenance factor, especially when you compare it to other types of sidings.

Let’s Talk Finishes:

There are two different types of finishes that you are able to choose from when stuccoing your home. These are:

  • Traditional stucco finish: Cement based finish, white cement with sand premixed in the bag that you add color packs to until the desired finish is achieved.

  • Synthetic stucco finish: This material is made up of a synthetic base, (almost like a thick paint) that is premixed with crushed quartz. It has some elasticity to it, so it stretches and is much better at preventing cracks from forming.

How Many Colors Can I Choose From?

There are many different colors to choose from and all of them are shown on various color charts that the manufacturer provides.

*NOTE: Different manufacturers offer different colors and styles, so look around before choosing one to see who has a color closest to what you envision. I have a page dedicated to the different stucco companies and a ton of different color charts from many different manufacturers.

​Potential Stucco House ​Problems: Coming Soon!

​Frequently Asked Questions About Stucco Homes:

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​How ​Do I Know If The Stucco Has Existing Issues? - Coming Soon!

​​What Should I Look Out For When Buying A Stucco Home? - Coming Soon!

About the author

The Stucco Guy

My name is Ryan and I have been in the construction trades for many years now and I feel that there is a huge "knowledge gap" when it comes to particular trades.... like stucco.

I hope you find the information here useful and if you have a question that requires a more in depth answer, then please check out my consultation gig. Thanks for stopping by!

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