When it comes time to renovate the exterior of an older home, consumers have numerous choices for siding material. Options include stucco, vinyl, wood, brick, stone, aluminum and cement fiber siding. Individuals who do their homework and compare the advantages and disadvantages associated with each type of material often arrive at the conclusion that stucco represents the best investment.
Stucco costs more than vinyl and aluminum but is less expensive than wood or stone. Installers can apply it on most existing surfaces, including old stucco, brick, stone and concrete. When properly installed, it requires minimal maintenance other than the occasional power wash and it will last for several decades.
It is resistant to flames, mold and mildew. Stucco expands or contracts with the weather but there is a danger of cracking if the home’s foundation shifts. Because this material is fire resistant and durable, some insurance companies offer discounts on policies written for homes with stucco siding.
Stucco offers endless ways to customize the home’s appearance. Various application techniques produce different looks. Stucco can be coarse, smooth, swirled, or raked depending on the homeowner’s personal preference. After it is applied, it can be painted any color to suit the environment. Mixing pigment into the stucco changes its color and eliminates the need to paint after installation.
Stucco is an effective sound insulator. This makes it a good option for homes in noisy neighborhoods or those located near schools. Stucco can make a home more energy efficient. It will keep the interior warmer in the winter and cooler during the summer saving on energy usage year round.
When comparing the various options for exterior siding, many consumers opt for stucco based on its cost, durability and versatility. With proper application, it can increase properly value and offer decades of reliable protection to any home.