How Stucco Keeps Your House Cooler
Your house exterior plays a big role in curb appeal and property value. Stucco not only beautifies your home but it also offers several benefits to the homeowners. Stucco is a good insulator. And that's why it keeps your house cool in summer. Today, stucco is typically applied as part of an Exterior Insulation Finish System (EIFS) and/or a Pressure-Utilized Compartmented Cavity System (PUCCS). Modern stucco is sometimes called synthetic stucco.
That means that when stucco is applied it is part of a layered system that includes other materials and cavities that contribute to the insulation. So, not only is the stucco a water barrier, but it is also an insulation barrier.
Stucco will keep your house cool around the clock in summer and will aid in keeping it warm in winter. Newer stucco will have much better insulation qualities than a stucco building that was constructed 100 years ago. Stucco has evolved considerably over the years and is much more high-tech than it used to be.
Another advantage of stucco is its fire resistance. One inch of stucco thickness provides a one-hour resistance to the spread of fire, according to Bob Vila's article. An exterior finish that is fire resistant is a big plus.
Stucco is a mixture of water, cement, lime, and sand. Once it's dry it can be painted any colour you want. Stucco is perfect for classic homes but builders can create it in different textures, producing whatever design you want to achieve. Stucco is extremely versatile in addition to offering insulation and fire resistance.
Choice Stucco Ltd. provides quality stucco application and repair to residential, strata, and commercial properties throughout the greater-Vancouver area.
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