Real estate programs on television are something you're familiar with. Location, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, and interior design options are all factors that the real estate agent and prospective purchasers consider. Contrarily, the outside wall covering of a house is seldom discussed. As a builder, this worries me because siding is a significant factor in a home's aesthetics and practicality (it shields the structure from the elements, for one thing). A lot of thought must go into selecting stucco siding. What you must know is below.
Similar to installing any other home improvement material, the quality of the work mainly determines the quality of the stucco. Due to its multi-layered construction, stucco is particularly vulnerable to the improper application by a less-than-skilled contractor. Incorrect flashing ranks high on the list of installation mistakes. Because of this, water seepage may occur, which often results in costly repairs.
Stucco might start to crumble if sand used on the outside of the house is incorporated into the soil surrounding it. Despite the fact that cracks may be fixed, the expense usually falls on the homeowner. Even more frustrating is that many installation problems appear years after being performed.
Due to the specialized nature of stucco work, it's important to hire carefully.
Stucco needs to be kept dry to keep its shape. Water must be diverted away from the house, so properly installing gutters and downspouts is crucial. Water can seep through stucco, so paying extra attention to the caulking around doors and windows is essential.
Stucco can last for over 50 years as a siding material, so it's essential to plan if you want to use it. It's possible to alter the hue of your stucco; you'll first need to sandblast it. You might have moisture problems down the road if you skip this step.
Many factors explain why purchasers in wetter or more humid locations hesitate to commit to a property with a stucco exterior. As a result, houses with stucco siding often stay on the market for a more extended period than comparable properties with different exterior finishes. To keep repair expenses to a minimum, it is crucial to have a trustworthy stucco inspector working with your real estate agent.