House Siding Materials You Probably Never Heard of!
The primary purpose of any siding material is to add a layer of protection and insulation to your home thereby protecting it from the outer elements.
Keeping the above in mind, other decisions that go into determining the best approach to a house siding project, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, including curb appeal and the not-so-common materials can be put in proper perspective.
Some think of stucco as popular in certain regions like Southern California, without realizing there are likely stucco homes in their own neighborhood.
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Our view is that stucco is a viable, long-lasting and architecturally-attractive material that complements other house siding options.
Made from sand, cement, lime and water, the material is usually applied to a galvanized steel screen, along with waterproof underlayment glued to a wood frame.
The stucco material itself isn’t all that versatile and instead is rather quite rigid, needing special care during installation to avoid cracks. But given that it is a hard material, it will last the life of a home, or at least 50+ years.
Costs: for stucco are around $6.50 to $12.50 per sq. ft. installed, depending on the quality of materials, who’s doing the work and location of the property.
An average-sized home will cost between $16,000 and $30,000 for traditional stucco siding, including installation.
Pros: Very durable, low maintenance, great insulator, colors go through mix so repainting not necessary, resistant to fire and insects
Cons: Fairly expensive, takes skill to install, brittle material prone to cracking especially due to settling of a house, a sinking foundation, or even a mild earthquake. Not a good option for wet climates, tends to last less time in climates with lots of rain.
If the stucco material becomes saturated with water due to constant dampness or gutter leaks, then its insulation properties will be compromised and structural damage to the house may ensue.