Choosing the right exterior housing material can be a difficult search for the homeowner building a house, or for the homeowner remodeling their home’s exterior. With all of the options available, it can be difficult to choose the one that will be the best fit for the house, the best bargain for the money, and the most durable. There are several options today that are very popular including stucco, siding, and brick. Each option has pros and cons, so finding the one with the most benefits can be difficult.
Stucco, also called render, homes have been a trend for residential homes since the 90s, but it has been used for centuries to create beautiful, long lasting exterior finishes. While new additives have been combined to mixtures to reinforce, strengthen, and add flexibility, the basic composition and application has remained unchanged for hundreds of years. The reason for this is because stucco is a durable, attractive, and affordable finishing product. Let us review each of these aspects in more detail.
The finish will last the life of the building with little to no maintenance and it never needs to be repainted. If a new color is ever desired, applying a new fog coat will completely transform the palette. To clean, use a garden water hose and some soap if you would like. It really is that simple. Speaking of water, render finishes are not permeable and do not allow moisture to penetrate inside which is a common and costly expense for other finishes. Conversely, it also has an hour-long fire resistance rating, making it extremely safe. If it is ever damaged, applying more finish can be done quickly and easily.
There are no limits on the design or styles you can select from. No matter what the exterior of your home looks like, render can be applied regardless. It is extremely versatile. Additionally, any texture or print you can imagine can be imprinted after application. With such a wide variety of colors and styles, it is suited for any environment and for any style home. It can even be fashioned to imitate other exterior styles while avoiding their costs. In fact, it is likely that you have admired the outside of a home without even realizing it was render product.
This cladding or finish can be completed faster than other types and thus it saves on installation costs. An average style home can be completely covered and set within a week’s time. The price per square foot is comparable with most siding options and considerably less expensive than real brick. Plus, all of the maintenance issues discussed above will continue to save you money over the course of your home’s lifespan. The only thing to be aware of is that some people decide to caulk or paint over minor repairs. While this is less expensive in the short term, you will cause further damage to some of the durable features and wind up paying more later to reverse the issue. So, if a repair is needed, make sure you get it professionally done. It will save you money in the long run.
As you can see, there are many reasons why stucco became, and has stayed, popular for residential homes. From its easy and low maintenance to the huge assortment of styles and colors, it truly is the most versatile exterior solution for any kind of home.
Interested in getting quality stucco? EN-ERS STUCCO INC is the name to remember for all your stucco application needs in Ontario. We can also repair, restore, and insulate your exterior wall surfaces, as well as install your stone veneers and other decorative moldings.