The outside of your property is one of the first things a visitor, assessment expert, or possible buyer notices. But it’s not just about initial impressions. Your siding decision has an impact on your energy expenditures, the lifetime of your home, and other factors.
Many homeowners choose a stucco finish for its distinct appearance and several advantages. Contractors apply stucco in layers over a lath, which is a wood or metal structure. The cement, lime, and silica mixture has stood the test of time on homes in a variety of climes. Stucco is, in fact, one of the most popular exterior finishing options. Here’s why.
Stucco is one of the most durable siding choices on the market. With the right application and maintenance, stucco can last over fifty years with little maintenance. This is partly because stucco expands and contracts as the temperature changes, reducing the risk of cracking or crumbling.
2. Aesthetically Appealing
Stucco comes in various colors, textures, and designs and can be shaped or stamped to simulate masonry. It has a versatile look that can blend with a variety of architectural styles.
Many homeowners turn to stucco as a sustainable building material. Stucco is made from natural materials, including lime, sand, and cement, and is a sound alternative to vinyl or wood siding. Stucco has also cost- and energy-efficient, which is a boon to the wallet, the environment, and the homeowner.
4. Color Retention
Stucco is designed to retain its color for a long time. Homeowners purchasing stucco don’t have to worry about the color fading. As an additional bonus, stucco adds an extra layer of protection from the elements.
In addition to color retention, stucco is textured, either from the application or texturing stucco when it’s applied. The texture lends a more concrete look to the material and is aesthetically pleasing.
6. Sound Resistance
Stucco is a good choice for homeowners who live in a noisy neighborhood or near a busy highway. Homes with stucco exteriors are insulated against sound, reducing noises and preventing distraction.
Stucco can be applied in many different ways. There’s screened, smooth, and rough stucco, each of which can be used in various buildings. Additionally, stucco can be used as a base coat for other materials.
While proper stucco application, maintenance, and repair are always essential, when done correctly, stucco is low-maintenance. Stucco is water-resistant and durable, which helps reduce the number of work homeowners has to do to keep their home looking their best.
Stucco can help protect your home from the threat of fire. Stucco is nonconductive, meaning it does not pass electricity. This can help prevent the spread of fires throughout your home.
Stucco comes at a reasonable price point. Like many exterior finishing materials, stucco is cheaper than brick, stone, or wood, and it’s more durable than many of these less expensive options. Additionally, since stucco lasts for several decades, it’s a long-term investment. While other types of siding need replacing over time, stucco rarely needs any major replacements for a long time. This makes the initial investment a bit less significant.
If you are remodeling your home or starting a new home, you should consider choosing a stucco exterior because it is durable, aesthetically appealing, and low-maintenance.
Forza Construction Services comprises seasoned commercial construction specialists with decades of combined expertise. Our highly skilled staff focuses on each project from planning to completion by specializing in building envelope and exterior finish construction. Contact us if you need masonry contractors!