Stucco siding is created by mixing lime, sand, and vinyl materials; sometimes other ingredients are added to the mix. Due to its durability, stucco has been used in homes from ancient days. However, mixing this material with vinyl only became popular in the last century. Builders found that homeowners in colder areas and those wanting an old-fashioned look to their homes preferred stucco siding. Those wanting a Spanish flair also choose stucco siding to add to a home’s authentic historical look.
Types of Stucco Siding Panels
This type of siding does not come in as many options as other types of vinyl siding. However, four types appear to be the most popular. The four brands include cedar groove vertical siding, cedar no groove, stucco vertical, and smooth vertical. Most stucco siding comes in natural tones due to the lime and sand mixture as well as the homeowner’s preference for earth tones when using stucco vinyl. The four main brands differ little in style and look. Most siding options come only in horizontal styles, while most stucco is sold in vertical panels.
The Benefits of Using this Panel Type
Stucco applied correctly, blends into a home’s outside appearance and is often mistaken for concrete stucco rather than siding. It appears natural in look largely due to the content of the siding and the vertical application. This type of home siding supplies added insulation for colder climates, saving on a home’s energy costs. As stucco siding is stronger than most types, experts state that it better withstands earthquakes. Stucco has been shown to be more fireproof than other varieties.
The Disadvantages of Using this Panel Type
Stucco siding proves to be one of the most expensive siding options. It is one of the heaviest siding options and is more difficult to apply because of its weight. Although the look of stucco siding is unique, some don’t consider the time and cost to be worth the effort. As it is a heavier material due to its content, many homeowners find that it is not water resistant, too. Stucco siding sometimes results in water behind the siding and ends up being expensive to replace and repaired. Making sure the siding fits snugly and checking it routinely for water damage cuts down on chances of water behind the siding.
Do research when buying stucco siding and ask for referrals from neighbors and friends. A bit of research will result in the best dealer and price. You can see a pricing range for stucco siding as well using our Siding Calculator.
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