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    Default Unusual application of stucco... need advice!

    My husband and I are looking into doing a remodel of our home at some point... hopefully sooner rather than later, but you know how it goes.

    A little background on our house-- it's actually a pole shed that was converted into a house as it was being built, I believe. It was not originally intended to be a house, but the guy building it get divorced and needed a place to live, so turned it into a house. It has concrete floors on the lower story and is a story and a half. Our goal in remodeling would be to not only increase the living space (more bedrooms) but to make the exterior of the house more attractive, and, well, more like a house, and not a shed. We would also be building an attached garage with a basement below it (no basement under the house right now) and bedrooms above it.

    We are trying to figure out what to do about siding for the house. We both like the look of stucco, and wonder if it would be possible to do stucco over the standing seam metal that sides our house. If it is possible, is it likely that we could find a contractor who would be willing to do it?

    And is there anything else we need to know about doing this? We are quite inexperienced in building/remodeling, and know very little about stucco in particular!

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    Default Re: Unusual application of stucco... need advice!

    The metal siding will need to be removed and the walls prepped for stucco. Depending on how they're framed, it may be as easy as installing wire lath and applying stucco, or could require sheathing before the lath.

    Personal note, I am not a fan of the current methods of stucco, which involves a 1" layer of foam and barely a scratch coating of stucco over the surface. This method, while more energy efficient due to the foam insulation, is an extremely poor and delicate style of stucco, as the plaster is barely 1/8" thick, making it prone to cracking and impact damage from something as minor as walking by the corner of it. If it were my house, I would demand the old style of stucco that was 3/4"+ thick, this is a much more sound and durable surface.
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    Default Re: Unusual application of stucco... need advice!

    Quote Originally Posted by A. Spruce View Post
    The metal siding will need to be removed and the walls prepped for stucco. Depending on how they're framed, it may be as easy as installing wire lath and applying stucco, or could require sheathing before the lath.

    Personal note, I am not a fan of the current methods of stucco, which involves a 1" layer of foam and barely a scratch coating of stucco over the surface. This method, while more energy efficient due to the foam insulation, is an extremely poor and delicate style of stucco, as the plaster is barely 1/8" thick, making it prone to cracking and impact damage from something as minor as walking by the corner of it. If it were my house, I would demand the old style of stucco that was 3/4"+ thick, this is a much more sound and durable surface.
    Phooey. We were hoping to avoid removing the metal siding, because the metal is sprayed on the inside with spray insulation, which comes off when you remove the metal, of course, so we'd need to reinsulate. I figured that would probably be what we'd end up having to do, though!

    Good to know about the old and new styles of stucco-- if we decide to do it, we'll definitely make sure the job is done right!

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    Default Re: Unusual application of stucco... need advice!

    Where is your house?
    Are there any homes around you with stucco exterior?

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    Default Re: Unusual application of stucco... need advice!

    Quote Originally Posted by dj1 View Post
    Where is your house?
    Are there any homes around you with stucco exterior?
    Northern Indiana.

    Off the top of my head, there is a house in the area that has portions of stucco, but it's not completely stucco. There's another house that I think has quite a bit of stucco, but I can't remember for sure.

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    Default Re: Unusual application of stucco... need advice!

    There is a reason why stucco houses are so rare in your area: stucco won't stand the elements.

    Stick to an exterior style that is popular in your area, most likely siding.

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