Stucco siding: a natural for durability
Stucco siding in the right climate can last between 50 and 75 years. A natural material, it is made from a mixture of sand, Portland cement, and lime and water; and it's installed by pouring the mixture over a wire frame. Stucco can be finished in a variety of attractive effects, including swirled, pebbled or flat and smooth. Since traditional stucco is layered over a wood frame, it is not an optimal choice for homeowners in wet climates where leaks can cause rot. From a cost standpoint, stucco is traditionally less expensive than stone or brick siding. It's easy to clean, provides good insulation and is naturally resistant to fire.
Stucco is usually white in appearance but you can order pigmentation to add to the troweled finish coat. There are also acrylic finishes on the market. This siding should be applied in very dry weather and allowed to cure from seven to ten days.