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Stucco

What is Stucco?

Stucco has been used over millennia for building, architectural, and artistic purposes, which continues to this very day.

Modern stucco is typically formulated using a combination of sand, Portland cement, lime, and water, although some stucco manufacturers add proprietary (e.g. secret) ingredients, “including fibers and synthetic acrylics that add strength and flexibility.”

Can Stucco Siding be Used on Sacramento Homes? If So, Where?

From a residential standpoint, stucco siding is a very popular choice for Spanish style homes, which Sacramento has its fair share of. But the truth is that stucco siding can be applied to any type of residential architecture, whether on your entire home, or simply as stylish accents.


Stucco Siding: Let’s Talk Benefits

Two of stucco’s standout benefits, and why it’s chosen by so many Sacramento homeowners, are its relatively low cost and its durability. In fact, stucco is so durable that it can last for decades, and its texture absorbs paint well so you won’t have to repaint as often as many other siding types.

Some of stucco’s secondary—although no less important—benefits are its natural fire resistance, which can be especially beneficial for some of our foothills clients, and its natural insulation properties. This means your Sacramento home could very well remain cooler in the summer and warmer in the (however brief) winter.


Which Stucco is Better: Traditional or Synthetic?

While both traditional and synthetic stucco are naturally fire resistant, energy efficient, and weather-repellent, there are some important distinctions between the two.
Traditional stucco doesn’t absorb water well (which is a very good thing), and is generally considered more impact-resistant than synthetic stucco.

On the other hand, synthetic stucco is lighter than traditional and is more flexible, but also less impact-resistant. In most instances, synthetic stucco ages a little better than traditional, with less yellowing and fading.


The Stucco Application Process

In most instances, Spectrum One will first apply a weather barrier that will work not only to prevent moisture from penetrating into your home, but also to allow any water vapor trapped inside your walls to escape.

One this is finished, if you decide on a synthetic product, a based coat of stucco is applied to your home, after which a mesh lath is affixed using nails or screws. Once this has had adequate time to dry, a second, thinner layer of stucco will be applied. Then, after your stucco has been properly cured, you’ll be all set for years of low-maintenance enjoyment.

On the other hand, traditional stucco is typically applied over a 3-step process, the first of which involves applying a plaster coat, which is then scratched in a crisscross pattern using a trowel. Next, special tools are used to apply a smooth, even surface to your stucco, which will ultimately be allowed to dry for 7-10 days, while checking for proper curing. Finally, depending on your choices, Spectrum One will either apply a color coat or acrylic finish to your stucco, Synthetic stucco can be applied in two layers (1 base and 1 finish), while 3 layers of traditional stucco will need to be applied.


Considering Stucco? Count on the Professionals.

With all of this said, the primary factor to keep in mind about stucco is that it’s all about the application process. In other words, while the proper installation of other siding types is highly important, it’s even more crucial with stucco. This is because any intrusion into the stucco can allow water to penetrate, essentially rotting your home from the inside out. As such, it’s highly important that you count on a professional company like Spectrum One to apply stucco to your Sacramento home.


Do You Need Stucco Repair?

Like any other siding type, whether wood, vinyl, or fiber cement, your Sacramento home’s stucco will require periodic maintenance, including periodically checking for cracks, especially around joints such as windows, doors, and other penetrations (electrical boxes, plumbing, etc.), and any evidence of moisture or water damage.

Sealant and caulk will need to be reapplied approximately every 3-5 years, and any cracks that are increasing in size will need to be addressed by a professional contractor like Spectrum One.


How Long Does Stucco Take to Apply?

Synthetic stucco can be applied in as little as a week, while traditional stucco could take much longer, primarily due to the specialized curing process. As with any other type of residential construction project though, overall time can be impacted by the size of your Sacramento home, whether this will be its first stucco application or a re-stucco, and much more.

The good news is that Spectrum One will present you with an in-depth estimate after your free consultation, so you’ll know in advance how great of a bargain we’ll provide.


How Much Does Stucco Siding Cost?

Similar to how long the process will take, what it will cost to apply stucco to your Sacramento home can vary widely based on size, stucco type, customizations, and more.

In general though, most Sacramento homeowners can expect to pay between $5 and $10 per square foot for stucco siding.


Does Spectrum One Have the Experience to Install Stucco Siding?

For many years, Spectrum One has been installing stucco siding on Sacramento homes. Because we’re a professional contracting company though, we also specialize in a wide variety of other trades, including new construction, remodeling, and fire/water damage restoration, just to name a few. But not only do we perform outstanding work for each and every one of our clients, we also provide some of the most competitive prices in the region.

Due to our commitment to quality construction and unparalleled customer service, Spectrum One has become known as a fixture within the Sacramento community. In fact, we’ve been in business so long that everyone down at Sacramento City Hall knows us by name (which makes the permit process a lot faster)!

So go ahead, live your dream. Give Spectrum One a call today at 916-571-2830, and we’ll find a way to make it happen.

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