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Buyer Beware: Stucco Homes Aren’t All Created Equal

House searching TV programs are something you’ve undoubtedly seen or heard about. The real estate agent and prospective purchasers consider the property’s location, the number of beds and baths, and the interior color selections. The siding, on the other hand, is seldom seen. As a contractor, this worries me since the siding is one of the most important factors in determining curb appeal, as well as safeguarding the property from the weather. The use of stucco siding necessitates caution. Here’s all you should know!

Stucco’s dependability, like that of any other home repair material, is highly dependent on how it was put. Unfortunately, since stucco is made up of numerous layers, a novice contractor has several chances to apply the material poorly. Incorrect flashing is one of the most prevalent installation mistakes. Water infiltration is a result of this, which may result in costly damage.

Cracking may develop if stucco sand is combined with dirt surrounding the house. While cracking may be repaired, the homeowner is usually the one who must suffer the financial burden. Even more aggravating is that many installation difficulties do not manifest themselves for many years.

Because stucco necessitates a unique technique, choose your stucco contractors carefully.

Damage Caused by Water

Stucco must be maintained dry to retain its structural integrity. Gutters and downspouts must be placed so that water is directed away from the house. Water cannot infiltrate the stucco unless doors and windows are properly sealed.

Choosing a Paint Color

Stucco is a siding material that may endure for more than 50 years, so selecting it for your house demands some foresight and planning. Sandblasting the stucco is the first step in modernizing the color of the surface. Skipping this step may result in problems with moisture in the future.

The Marketability of Stucco Siding

Buyers in humid or damp locations are typically hesitant to commit to a property with a stucco exterior for many reasons outlined above. As a consequence, houses with stucco siding frequently spend more time on the market than properties with other types of siding. This is why it’s critical to engage with a reputable stucco inspector and your real estate agent to prevent costly repairs down the road.