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Friday, November 17, 2017

A Quick Stucco Tutorial

I’ve decided to give you an up close and personal look at a new construction build to answer some questions you may have about stucco.

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Our attention to detail is second to none, so today I’m outside at a new construction build we’re assisting with to answer some questions you might have about stucco. Follow along with me in the video above to see what I mean.

The front of this home features both stucco siding and lap siding. Aside from a paint job maybe once every 10 years, lap siding is virtually maintenance-free. Stucco siding, on the other hand, can have some maintenance issues from time to time because it’s basically concrete.

Stucco requires some maintenance from time to time because it’s basically concrete.

Most builders use two to three coats of stucco, depending on the kind of finish they’re looking for. For this house, we did three coats: a scratch coat, a smooth coat, and a finish coat. This three-coat process makes for a very sturdy siding.

Stucco also needs to be painted every once and awhile, and because concrete expands and contracts, every now and again you might find a hairline crack in stucco siding.
To fix this, you only need to apply a little bit of caulk over it and paint over that. As you can see, this home has a very smooth stucco finish that’s not very pronounced. More pronounced stucco finishes tend to chip more often.

If you have any more questions about stucco siding or any other real estate topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to me anytime. I’d be happy to help you.