The Advantages of Stucco

With averages of 100º in the summer, finding heat-resistant materials for homes can be difficult. Some materials can crack or even melt under the extreme temperatures in Nevada. Making sure your home is built with materials that last in these extreme conditions without breaking the bank is important. 

Stucco benefits include:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Low costs
  • Variety of texture and color options
  • Durability
  • And more!

But what makes stucco the best choice for your Nevada home? Keep reading to learn th benefits of stucco. You’ll be surprised to find out why stucco is the material of choice for many homeowners over the Southwest!

What is Stucco? 

Stucco is easily recognizable. It has an iconic, patchy but attractive building material that is extremely common in the Southwest. It can come in any variety of textures and colors. This versatilely gives you a lot of room to play with your own preferences when building or updating your home.

Stucco Composition

Succo is essentially water, sand, and cement. It is often compared to plaster and mortar but it is very different. Modern stucco is made of Portland cement, water, and sand. It contains fibers of a wide range of materials including acrylics and glass. Traditional stucco often included animal or plant fibers. 

Because of stucco’s composition, it leads to it being able to withstand extreme temperatures and have high durability. Cement is typically one of the stronger materials in a construction view. Mixing this with a substance like sand creates a rigid strength that can help prevent any major damage. 

How Does Stucco Work?

This cement, sand, and water mixture is used as a final coating on the exterior of buildings. It is comparable to plaster exterior walls. It can also be applied as a base coat, providing support to anything added on top. 

Stucco is applied while wet and hardens to a dense solid, which provides its stereotypical durable qualities. It is most often used in decorative wall coatings or as a sculptural material. It can be applied to a variety of materials including brick, metal, or concrete. 

What Are the Advantages of Stucco?

Stucco is one of the most popular decorative siding options in the Southwest. Its durable qualities and low-cost nature are what make it such a popular choice.

  • Durability. Stucco has been known to last 50 to 80 years. It has the ability to expand and contract in a way that other materials do not allow. This is important because it allows the stucco flexibility to prevent cracking in extreme temperatures. Stucco has the ability to be repaired in sections rather than repairing the entirety of your home, leading to saving you time and money. Inspecting your stucco regularly can prevent you from having to make more than a few small repairs about every two years. 
  • Weather-resistant. Stucco is adaptable to many climates. As said above, it can expand and contract as the seasons bring periods of different weather. It is also known to be fire-resistant, which is an added benefit to those in wildfire-prone areas. This makes it an ideal building material for those living in the Southwest. With a longer dry period and temperatures reaching as high as 110º, stucco can withstand it all.
  • Variety. Stucco has the ability to be manipulated to follow any aesthetic you might like. You might want a rustic or rugged look or you can make your home look like a high-end Spanish villa. Stucco has a wide versatility that allows you to choose your desired look. With endless color choices and its ability to be molded into your heart’s desire, you can get your desired look and texture without having to worry about how long it will last or stay in trend. 
  • Cost-effective. The materials that stucco is made of are highly cost effective. Sand, water, and cement are all relatively easy and inexpensive to find leading to a cheap building material. The materials needed to produce stucco generally cost less than a material like vinyl or wood. These two materials typically have a lot of waste product and tend to be more expensive. While wood siding can run you up to almost $20,000 and vinyl siding can cost around $16,000, stucco can cost you around $10,000. When you look at stucco vs wood siding, you’ll see that stucco is good for any budget. 
  • Energy-efficient. Stucco is energy efficient because it is an extremely efficient insulator. Any material that insulates prevents the passage of heat or sound through the material. This means, that when you choose stucco for your exterior, it’ll keep the cool air inside your home and the hot air outside. Having a material that can do this is very beneficial in the long run as it’ll cut down on heating or cooling costs that you might experience. 

Interested in What Stucco Can Do for You? Call Sparks Stucco

Our professionals at Sparks Stucco are dedicated to making sure your home is in tip-top shape. Whether you are looking to build your home, looking to update your stucco, or you just need small repairs made, our team of experts is here to help guide you through your options. With our years of experience, we can answer any in-depth questions you might have about why stucco is the material for you. Give us a call or visit our website for a free quote!