The exterior of your home faces a regular barrage of threats from the hot sun, strong panhandle winds, precipitation and the bitter winter cold. These are the reasons your house siding must be strong and durable, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful even decades into it’s life. Advancements in the manufacture of siding materials and their installation have improved both the look and longevity of products for the exterior of today’s home.
What is Stucco?
Stucco consists of cement, lime and silica applied in layers over a wood or metal layer. Stucco is usually applied using two or three coats that have been applied over a metal reinforcing mesh.
Why choose Stucco?
Stucco siding has many advantages:
- Since these layers dry to form a concrete-like shell around a house, a stucco home requires less energy to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
- Stucco can help to reduce sound transmission. This is a benefit to anyone that values rest and relaxation time at home.
- Stucco is fire retardant, and in some situations it has saved homes from being consumed in grass and forest fires. A one-inch layer of stucco could effectively add a one-hour fire rating to a wall.
- Stucco resists rot, mildew and molds.
- Stucco can last from 50-80 years, nearly double traditional painted sidings.
- You have a great deal of control over the color of the finished product as well. Although stucco is most often whitewashed, a varied range of textures and colors is within reach. While other types of siding are only available in the manufacturers’ predetermined color palettes, stucco can be mixed to give you the exact color you need.
- There are options for changing the color of your exterior, too, if you decide you’re no longer satisfied with the look later.
- Stucco creates a suitable base for exterior artistic projects, like wall murals.
The Myth About Stucco
Don’t be fooled into thinking the only look that can be achieved is that of the typical hacienda or tudor-style house. Stucco is excellent for modern and southwestern styles of homes. It’s seamless appearance draws more attention to the home’s other details, such as window trim, railings, wooden beams, roofing, etc. It is one exterior finish option that just never seems to go out of style.
The breathability factor of stucco allows moisture to evaporate quickly, making it ideal for areas of the country with normal precipitation. Stucco typically lasts between 50 and 80 years and when it’s time to refresh yours, sandblast away the old layer and start from scratch.
Stucco is just one of the many low-to-no-maintenance features that are strategically included in the construction of homes at The Vineyards of Amarillo.