Stucco vs. vinyl siding

If you remodeling your exterior and can’t decide between stucco and siding, there are a few things you should know about each. Of course, there are pros and cons to both and you must consider your options carefully before making a final decision; after all, you’ll have to look at your final choice for many years to come – and so will your neighbors! Here are some of the main differences you should be aware of:

Stucco
Pros
*Available in several different colors to complement any other materials you have on your home (such as brick), as well as suit your taste and style.
*Stucco, in particular acrylic stucco, provides a strong fire barrier.
*Much more durable than vinyl siding and can last 50 years or more with proper maintenance
*Provides excellent wind, snow, ice and hail resistance
*Also provides excellent resistance against pests and insects
*Does not rot
*Very easy to maintain

Cons
*Stucco absorbs water and can crack or peel away if too much moisture gets absorbed. This is easily remedied by applying a coating on a regular basis
*Stucco tends to be more expensive than siding
*Discoloring may occur over time

Siding
Pros
*Available in a wide variety of colors
*Panels can be easily removed, repaired and replaced
*One of the most affordable materials for home exteriors
*Easy to maintain

Cons
*Can expand and shrink when in extreme weather conditions
*Not as durable as stucco so it can become loose and break off in strong winds
*Discoloring may occur over time

Contact your stucco company in West Chester PA for a full review of the differences between stucco and siding. Expert technicians can come to your home and make recommendations based on your budget, tastes, style and needs. Once you have all your questions answered you can make an informed decision on what would be best for your home.

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