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Stucco plaster? pros and cons

With hundreds of years used in the building industry, stucco plaster is one of the oldest siding materials, with high demand. For instance, stucco is a common building material in a hot and arid climate, but in the environment has a lot of rain and humidity.

There are two types of stucco: traditional stucco and EIFS stucco.

Traditional stucco

Stucco is a durable substance made of off lime, sand, and water. Like all building materials, there are some advantages and disadvantages precisely due to the weather. 

Advantages

Other advantages of stucco siding are: 

  • Reduces sound transmission 
  • Fire resistance, 
  • Energy efficiency, 
  • Long-lasting. 
  • Variety in color and design
  • Cost-effective
  • Variety in texture
  • Quite outside noise
  • Stucco needs less maintenance than wood and fiber cement.

Disadvantages

  • While stucco repels moisture in most normal climate conditions, it can become oversaturated if you deal with lots of precipitation. Oversaturating could lead to other aspects of the building retaining moisture over time. Luckily, expert installation can avoid many of these problems.  
  • Lack of expert
  •  Yearly maintain, Inspection and surface cleaning
  • Brittle material. It is not the best option where the ground is prone to shifting, or there are many earthquakes.
  • Stucco cab easily gets damaged by flying debris, lawn equipment, and so on by being hit or run into the surface.
  • Experts do not recommend painting over the stucco brand new stucco since the material is porous and needs to breathe. However id you once the stucco is dry, you can paint if, of course, taking care of some conditions.
  • Efflorescence may observe usually seasonal, especially on colder days. Under warmer days, the evaporation rate is higher, so the moisture evaporates before getting to the surface. But colder weather, this process is slower, so moisture moves to the stucco’s outer surface before it disappears, leaving the salt deposit on the surface. 

EIFS

EIFS is an acronym that stands for Exterior Insulation and Finish System. According to the US Department of Energy, EIFS cladding/plaster has a better performance compared to brick, traditional stucco, ad fiber cement board.

Advantages

EIFS siding or synthetic stucco that has some benefits to compare to traditional stucco such as 

  • Increase home energy efficiency 
  • A range of attractive finishes that mimic stucco ad brick
  • Durability
  • Lighter than stucco or brick
  • Better control of moisture than stucco, brick, or fiber cement, but only when properly installed.

Disadvantage

  • EIFS stucco is potential to water damage due to improper installation
  • Need annual inspection for possible moisture intrusion.
  • EIFS cladding isn’t breath well. It means if water penetrates the EIFS layers, it can not easy to evaporate. It may cause rot and mold. 
  • Synthetic stucco repair is challenging to compare to repair traditional stucco.

Some helpful hints

Some helpful hints for applying stucco on the surface:

  • Do not apply plaster on a hot or frozen surface
  • Monitor the weather Before applying the stucco. Do not apply stucco once temperature above 100 of lower than 32 F.
  • Use cold temperature water to mix the mud in hot weather and counter on the cold weather.

Conclusions

Stucco is one of the best exterior sidings in hot and aired weather. There are a couple of essential things that may affect stucco plaster are, rainy wether and building shifts. Professionals recommend yearly maintenance. 

EIFS section detail

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. It’s interesting that you mention that stucco siding is a very cost-efficient option for the exterior of your home. I want to give my home a new exterior this year without breaking the bank, so I’m thinking about having stucco siding installed. I’m going to look for a good business near me that offers stucco siding installation services.

    1. Very good, Consult with a professional to see if stucco is recommended in your weather?

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