Stucco: Advantages, Longevity and Common Problems

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If you have a commercial property and you’re trying to decide which siding material is best to use, continue reading below to see what stucco can offer.

stucco advantages and problems

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What is Stucco?

Stucco is usually acrylic or cement applied over wall surfaces on the outside of buildings. The stucco can be made from cement, sand, and lime, or newer stucco products that are acrylic based. Stucco provides a durable and low-cost surface that requires little maintenance and can be used to obtain different textures and finishes. Stucco is usually applied over metal lath, a galvanized wire mesh provides a framework for the stucco to adhere to for strength. Source: TheBalance

The Advantages of Stucco

Stucco can be used in a wide variety of climates. It is versatile and can be used over concrete, concrete masonry, brick, wood frame or steel frame. It is also fire resistant and color retentive, meaning that various pigments can be added to give your stucco exactly the effect you are looking for. Source: TrustedPros

How Long Does Stucco Last?

While the service life of stucco can’t be quantified as a specific number of years, properly applied and maintained stucco is as durable as any commonly used cladding material. Its hard surface resists abrasion and can take a lot of physical abuse. It stands up to all sorts of climates, from cold to hot and wet to dry. Many homes built in the early 1900s have had very little maintenance and remain in good shape today. Source: Cement

What are the Most Common Problems with Stucco?
Some of the most common issues with stucco occur because of moisture. Stucco problems like efflorescence, decomposition, peeling paint, and mold usually happen due to the level of moisture that comes into contact with the stucco itself. In many cases, cracks can also occur, but often this is not related to moisture but to settling or poor original installation. A thin coat of stucco over a weak base coat can crack or deteriorate more quickly. Open gaps and cracks can lead to water ingress concerns, and should be reviewed and addressed professionally. Source: WiseGeek

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