Are you confused or unsure which stucco between the traditional and the synthetic would be a good choice? It is essential to know all about traditional and synthetic stucco to make an informed decision. You must choose stucco depending upon the area where you live and the size of your home as it will have a significant effect on future repairs. In this article, we will talk about the basics, differences, and benefits of traditional and synthetic stucco.
Traditional stucco is made up of cement, sand, lime, and water. It uses different types of sand particles to attain the required texture and finish on exterior walls of a home. Traditional stucco is applied on the wall in three layers over a piece of mesh, a lath base, and is often coated with an acrylic-polymer to prevent cracking. This type of stucco has been in use for a long time and is known in the whole world because of its versatility and durability. With regular maintenance, traditional stucco can last for a long time (as long as 50 years). Along with strength, traditional stucco provides a more natural look, is easy to apply, and is inexpensive that makes it more desirable.
Synthetic stucco is made up of copolymer resin and uses sand and other raw material to give it a natural look like traditional stucco. While they may look like traditional stucco, they lack the qualities of the same. It is applied to the wall in multiple layers. These layers consist of a foam insulation board, synthetic stucco, fiberglass mesh and a top coat. As there are many layers applied to the wall, synthetic stucco makes the wall water and crack resistant. Synthetic stucco is as durable as traditional stucco but requires more maintenance. It is also called as Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS), therefore it is suitable for dark colors.
It is difficult to figure out the difference between traditional and synthetic stucco as they look similar. But, you can quickly identify the difference between them when you try to push the wall. Traditional stucco is rigid whereas synthetic stucco is soft. Also, there are holes for light fixtures and vents in the wall through which the layers of stucco are visible. If you can see a wire mesh, then it is a traditional stucco, or if there is a foam layer, then it is synthetic stucco.
Based on the benefits of traditional and synthetic stucco you can figure out which one of these two can be a right choice for the exterior siding for your home wall.
- Less likely to absorb water
- Fire resistant
- Holds up better to hails, woodpeckers, and dings
- Energy efficient
- Better insulation than traditional because of EIFS (exterior insulation finishing system)
- Flexible as it allows ornating keystones and cornerstones
Apart from considering this information, you must also consider your personal needs and then decide between traditional and synthetic stucco. Contact us at ECC for more information about traditional and synthetic stucco.