Stucco vs. Hardisiding


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Old 09-26-07, 10:44 AM
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Stucco vs. Hardisiding

We are in the process of having an architect draw up a plan/blueprint of a new waterfront home we are planning to build on the Texas Gulfcoast. We would like to do the exterior in stucco. He is recommending Hardisiding, as he says the cost of "real" stucco is very high.

1. What are the pros and cons of stucco vs. Hardisiding?

2. What is "real" stucco?

3. What would an approximate ballpark cost be to do a 2000 square foot home in stucco and Hardisiding?

4. Which in your opinion is better for a waterfront home that may encounter Tropical storms?

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Originally Posted by mousebg View Post
We are in the process of having an architect draw up a plan/blueprint of a new waterfront home we are planning to build on the Texas Gulfcoast. We would like to do the exterior in stucco. He is recommending Hardisiding, as he says the cost of "real" stucco is very high.

1. What are the pros and cons of stucco vs. Hardisiding?

2. What is "real" stucco?

3. What would an approximate ballpark cost be to do a 2000 square foot home in stucco and Hardisiding?

4. Which in your opinion is better for a waterfront home that may encounter Tropical storms?

Confused!
Stucco is a masonry that is mixed on the job site and applied to the home exterior. The pro is that it is hard, has good quality insulating properties, and is quite durable.

the cons are, small pin holes from sub standard installers will allow moisture in and cause mold and other water damage, and it is expensive.

Hardi plank is about $26 for a 4x8 sheet and $35 for a 4x10 (which is usually not a stock item.)

A Hardiplank con is that a poor installer will not be able to hide the screw/nail holes. But a pro is a single sheet can be easily replaced, but then, stucco can more easily be patched.

A good installer can do a fine job. A poor one will cause you years of headache.
 
 

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