doing some construction anytime soon?
If you’re thinking about redoing your walls, ceilings, or
siding on your home, then you should consider stucco.
Stucco is a brand of flexible concrete which is used as a
coating for walls and ceiling. Traditional stucco, or “real”
stucco, is composed of lime, sand, and water, and is
reinforced with wire lath. There are hundreds of reasons to
go with stucco exterior to your home as opposed to other
Reasons You Should Consider Stucco.
1. Real Stucco Beats painted Concrete
While nothing prevents anyone from painting or whitewashing
concrete to make it look like stucco, paint generally does
not adhere to concrete longer than two or three years,
requiring constant re-application. A stucco home can be
finished with an integral color stucco which does not
2. Real Stucco Also Beats
Synthetic Stucco, or Exterior
Insulation and Finish System (EIFS), was developed in the
1950s as a cheaper alternative to real stucco. It is more
vulnerable to water absorption, which can severely
compromise the synthetic’s condition. It is also more
vulnerable to dings and nicks.
Along with being repellent to dings,
nicks, scratches, and cracks, stucco’s durability is second
to none. It easily outlasts wood, brick, and vinyl siding
alike. In ideal climates, stucco owners can look forward to
50 years with the same stucco.
Because it is composed of lime, sand,
and water, three fire-retardant materials, stucco is
noncombustible. It can actually prevent a house fire from
entering the walls and from spreading from house to house.
An elegant material,
stucco beats nearly every other siding option there is in
terms of curb appeal. A stucco finish gives a house a
classic, captivating look.
Stucco holds up extremely well
no matter what the environment. It resists snow, rain, heat,
and everything in between. It is even good for climates with
freeze and thaw cycles.
Stucco’s flexibility is the key to its strength. Because
stucco is porous, meaning its makeup features thousands of
minute holes, it has just the slightest bit of give that
makes it capable of absorbing impact instead of taking
Possibly the best thing about stucco is that it rarely
requires repairs. It takes a lot to damage stucco, and if
damage should occur, the repair process is relatively
simple. Plus, since the color is ingrained in the finish
coat, you don’t need to continuously repaint—but you can if
9. Saves Money Long-term
An excellent insulator, stucco is resistant to the bitter
cold winds of winter and the blazing hot sun of summer,
keeping you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold,
which helps you save when those energy bills arrive in the
10. Increases Market Value
The attractiveness and other desirable attributes of stucco
all add to the value of your home. This means that stucco is
a good choice whether you are looking to stay in your home
or sell it.