Stucco, which is a material that is often applied to the outside of homes, is a common material in construction. It is applied wet and forms a dense hard barrier when dry. It is used both artistically and functionally for homes.
The word “stucco” generally refers to plasterwork that occurs on the exterior of the home, while “plaster” refers to inside the home. However, the material itself varies little between the two. In modern usage, stucco is generally cement, sand, and water combined with some additives depending on usage and location.
So, what do you need to know about this material, and should you consider it in future construction projects?
The Good Side of Stucco
The materials required to make plaster basically form a concrete barrier around your home. This makes your home more energy efficient which is quite an advantage.
Stucco is also a sound barrier and a fire retardant material, so whether you live in a loud, crowded city or in the middle of the forest, you can benefit from this material.
The initial investment for stucco is higher than some other building materials. But its longevity and easy maintenance makes it a good choice, financially, in the long run.
This plasterwork is also easy to install, and gives you a way to customize your exterior for a modern or a traditional look.
The initial sticker shock is the biggest drawback for people considering stucco. Siding and cement are far less expensive options, as they don’t require the numerous layers of installation.
Depending on where you live, this building material may be a less preferable option to other material such as brick. It is only so tolerant to moisture, meaning if you live in a very rainy wet area, stucco may not be your best choice. It holds up better in dryer, sunnier climates.
Cracking can also be a concern, so earthquake prone areas need to factor in cracking to the cost of maintenance.