Your home’s exterior is what makes a lasting impression on guests. Stucco not only makes the exterior of the home look crisp and clean but it also provides a lot of benefits to the homeowner. Learn more about stucco and why this cement mixture can provide a homeowner with an abundance of benefits.
What is Stucco?
Stucco is a mixture of cement, sand, lime and water and once it’s dry it can be painted any colour you wish. Contractors mix stucco and apply it to a wire base, called a lath, in multiple coats; providing a durable, seamless look for the home’s exterior. Stucco is ideal for a modern home finish but contractors can create stucco in a variety of different textures, producing the look you want to achieve. These styles include; course, pebbled, raked, smooth and swirled.
Reap the Benefits
Stucco is a very durable material to use for the side of your home, as this cement mixture can last up to 50 years with little to no maintenance. Since stucco expands and contracts with the weather, this reduces the risk of cracking or falling apart under the pressure of the changing seasons. Once a contractor properly waterproofs the stucco’s exterior, it will also be resistant to mildew, mold and rot.
Maintenance to your stucco is extremely minimal. In comparison to other materials such as siding, stucco does not need to be repeatedly painted, reinstalled, replaced or regularly cleaned. For Canadians, stucco is a great option because the only things we need to ensure when adding stucco to our homes is to clear as much snow away from walls and direct eaves troughs away from the walls that have stucco. In addition to keeping the stucco from being damp on a constant basis, you can wash your walls with a power washer if you feel like they’re getting dirty and you can paint the stucco whenever you are in need of a change.
Add Value to Your Home
Having stucco on the exterior of your home can increase the value of your home for multiple reasons. Stucco is energy efficient, fire resistant, low maintenance, rot resistant, sound dampening and adds great curb appeal to your home’s exterior. Not only will it add value to your home in the event you decide to sell but these benefits can allow you to apply for improved home insurance premiums.
The installation of stucco, including drying time, only takes about two days to complete. Along with the process being a speedy one, it’s a versatile material because it can be applied to many materials, including; wood and concrete masonry. Once you’ve had your stucco installed, it’s now time to pick a colour! Have fun with this process and remember, unlike brick, this colour can be changed whenever you want.
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