Find Out Why Stucco Is the Most Popular Choice For Home Siding Material In The Bay Area.
Stucco continues to be one of the most popular exterior siding options for homeowners due to its low-cost, natural look, aesthetic flexibility and durability. Creative homeowners can add color to their stucco and form patterns and textures to create the look of their dreams.
The Traditional Stucco Three-Coat System
Stucco is basically the same plaster you use inside your home, made hardier so that it can withstand the elements. Stucco is made from a mixture of sand and lime. According the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, the term ‘stucco’ is used to describe a type of exterior plaster applied as a two- or three-part coating directly onto masonry, or applied over wood or metal lath to a log or wood frame structure.
New Acrylic Stucco Alternatives
In addition to traditional stucco, there is now the synthetic option of acrylic stucco. As the name suggests, acrylic stucco is made from acrylic resins and/or polymers. Think of Latex paint. Acrylic stretches, minimizes cracking, is still permeable (breathes) and is nearly colorfast to avoid fading. The advantage of acrylic stucco is that it minimizes cracks, and holds a more vibrant color.
Why Is Stucco Such a Popular Siding Choice In The Bay Area?
Stucco is a great option for Northern California’s climate because it easily withstands the moisture, heat and cold without chipping or fading. There are so many more reasons to use stucco on a house – but is it right for your home?
Stucco can be a blank canvas for homeowners. Creative homeowners can add color to their stucco, make it look as smooth as a piece of paper or form patterns and textures. They can mix pigment into it to create a variety of different colors, or paint it whatever color they’d like. Stucco has sometimes been painted or embellished to resemble more expensive building materials, like marble or granite. The way it is applied can also give it a different look and texture. A “splatterdash” finish is created by throwing the stucco against the wall with a broom or brush. “Pebbledash” is created by throwing small pebbles against a still-wet wall. Applying stucco in smooth, raked, or circle patterns will all yield unique results.
Stucco is made up of three basic (and very readily available) ingredients: lime, sand and cement, which means that it is pretty easy on the pocketbook. Some estimates put it about $6-$9 per square foot. The best way to get an exact cost estimate is to find a good contractor and get an estimate. Most reputable contractors give free estimates, and will let you know if there are any particularities about your home that might make stucco a good (or bad) siding option for you.
Ease Of Use
Stucco can be as easy or complex to apply as you want it to be. Some people prefer a rough-hewn look that will have irregularities or imperfections. Additionally, stucco is pretty durable, meaning it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance.
Custom Exteriors is your trusted home improvement provider offering 100% customer satisfaction and a 15-year warranty on all stucco siding.
Contact us today to see if stucco siding is right for your Bay Area home’s exterior.