Buyer Beware: Not All Stucco Homes are Created Equal

Buyer Beware: Not All Stucco Homes are Created Equal

Consideration should be given to purchasing a stucco-exterior house

House-hunting TV shows are probably something you’ve seen or heard of. The real estate agent and prospective buyers take the Location, the number of bedrooms, amount of bathrooms, and the interior color schemes of the home. However, the siding of the house is rarely discussed. This worries me as a contractor because siding is a crucial component of curb appeal and serves as a home’s defense against the elements. Stucco siding needs to be carefully thought out. The information you need is below!

Stucco installation

Stucco’s dependability dramatically depends on how it was installed, just like it does with any home improvement material. Unfortunately, because stucco comprises several layers, there are numerous opportunities for a novice contractor to use the material incorrectly. Incorrect flashing is one of the most frequent installation mistakes. This is water intrusion, which can lead to costly damage.


Cracking may take place if the sand used for stucco gets mixed with the soil near the home. Although cracking can be repaired, the homeowner is typically the one who must pay the bill. The fact that many installation problems don’t surface for several years is even more problematic.

Be careful who you hire to work on stucco because it requires a customized approach.

Water damage

Stucco must be kept free of moisture to maintain its integrity. Install gutters and downspouts must be installed so that water is directed away from the house. Doors and windows must be sealed tightly to prevent water from penetrating the stucco, so extra care must be taken to ensure this.

Paint color commitment

As this siding material can last more than 50 years, choosing stucco for your home requires foresight. The stucco must first be sandblasted to update the color. Future moisture problems may result from skipping this step.

Stucco siding marketability

For many reasons, buyers in humid or damp areas are sometimes hesitant to purchase a house with a stucco exterior. Because of this, homes with stucco siding often stay on the market longer than properties with other types of siding would. To guarantee you don’t end up with significant repair expenditures in the future, it’s crucial to have a trustworthy stucco inspector working with your real estate agent.

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