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Stucco vs Siding: How to Choose

Your choice of siding material for your home is crucial. While there are many styles to choose from, siding helps to preserve the integrity of the home’s foundation. Your choice can also determine the overall style of your home. Stucco is a popular choice but you can also find a wide range of siding materials. Before you choose, take time to learn more about the different factors to choose, including the cost of installation and maintenance.


Cost of Stucco


Cost is one of the primary factors that are used when evaluating the siding material to be used for the home. With stucco, the average cost of installation for an average sized home is at $4,315. Most homeowners pay at least $1,833 to as much as $7,026 (for larger homes). This cost is inclusive of the materials, labor and other installation supplies. The cost of installing stucco for your home can also vary depending on your location and the type of stucco used.


The installation of stucco as siding material will be installed in three coats. The initial coat is known as a “scratch coat” and it is important because it should give the thicker second coat something to stick to. The second coat is known as the “leveling coat”. This is essential for the final or finishing coat, which gives it a smooth surface.


On average, the cost of stucco is $8 per square foot. This average can vary depending on the location and the quality of the material. The higher the quality, the more expensive the stucco is. There are other factors that can influence the cost such as the condition of the wall upon installation, quality of stucco, building permit, scaffolding, and the additional materials needed for installation such as control and expansion joints.


Benefits and Drawbacks of Choosing Stucco


Aside from the cost of installing stucco, it is important that you need to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of stucco. The advantages of installing stucco include the following:

  • The use of stucco can enhance the insulation of your home so it is an energy-efficient choice.

  • It can also help to block out noise from the outside.

  • It is a fire-resistant material and can take up to an hour before the material deteriorates.

  • It can last for up to 50 years (or more, depending on the environmental factors in your location).

  • It is resistant against mildew, mold, and rot.

  • It is easy to install and can take only 3 to 5 days to complete.

  • It can accentuate the architectural features of your home.


Here are some of the drawbacks that you must take into account:

  • It is a bit more expensive than other types of siding materials.

  • It can cause moisture problems when you live in areas that get a heavy amount of rainfall.

  • It takes a lot of work when you want to change the paint colors.


Stucco vs Other Siding Finishes


Are you looking for cheaper alternatives to stucco as siding material? It is important to know how other siding materials stack up against stucco.


Brick is one of the most popular alternatives to stucco, which also creates a distinctive look for your home. Brick is an expensive material with an average cost of $15 per square foot. It also requires specialized labor to install. The advantage of installing brick is that it is fire resistant with good insulation. It can also last for a long time and is low maintenance.


Vinyl siding is another popular choice of siding for those who don’t want to use stucco. The installation of vinyl siding is quite easy but it is not suitable for areas that get a lot of rainfall. The easy installation is not the only advantage of choosing a vinyl siding, though. It requires low maintenance, weather resistant, and can last up to 40 years.


Vinyl Siding


Vinyl is a popular choice of siding because of its affordable cost (versus most other types of siding materials). You can also find vinyl siding in a variety of colors and textures, which gives you flexibility in terms of choosing the right one for your home. In terms of practicality, homeowners love vinyl because it is basically maintenance-free and yet it is durable enough to last for many years.


In comparison to stucco, the latter is definitely superior in terms of style as compared to vinyl siding. But what it lacks in style, it makes up for practicality and a timeless look. One thing that homeowners will appreciate about vinyl siding is that it does not easily fade. Aside from potential issues of cracking, it is quite durable, especially if you choose the high-end variety.


Wood Siding


If you want a classic look for your home, wood siding is a good alternative for stucco. The natural beauty of wood provides a distinctive look to your home. In terms of wood siding, you also have a few options: wood boards, wooden shingles, or plywood sheets. You can select based on your aesthetic preferences but all of these materials require a tremendous amount of maintenance. They have to be repainted every few years to ensure that you can prevent growth of mold and fungus. The maintenance is both expensive and time-consuming when you use wooden siding.


These are just some of the reasons why vinyl siding and stucco are among the best options in the market. While stucco is expensive to install, it gives longevity and durability on top of enhancing your home’s aesthetic value.


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