Stucco homes are among some of the most common in warmer climates such as Arizona, and while there are many different housing styles and materials used during construction, there are a few common pros and cons associated with the popular exterior. When it comes to purchasing your next home, especially if it happens to be stucco, try to keep these few common pros and cons in mind.
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Pros of Stucco Homes
- Durability – We’ve all heard the story of the three little pigs, and it’s safe to say, your stucco home will withstand all the big bad wolf has to offer. Able to withstand heavy winds, stucco is also pest resistant as well as fire resistant which is a huge bonus in hot climates that are prone to wildfires.
- Aesthetically Appealing – Another pro to stucco is that it is visually appealing and ages well, ensuring that houses can still look their best even as the home ages. In addition to elevating the look of a home, stucco is often a value boosting feature if cared for and maintained properly.
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Cons of Stucco Homes
- Absorbent – Stucco is highly absorbent which is why stucco exteriors aren’t regularly seen in areas that have cooler, wet climates. Unfortunately, the absorbent nature of the material can lead to staining and in some cases, even mold growth.
- Maintenance – Due to the hard exterior and rough feel of stucco, a common misconception is that stucco homes require no maintenance, however, this isn’t the case. While the material is durable, this doesn’t mean it’s maintenance free. You may notice cracks in the stucco exterior, and whether a small hairline crack or a deep thick crack, cracks can cause serious issues such as structural damage if left unattended. To avoid damage to the home, you’ll want to inspect the exterior of your home regularly, and should cracks arise, have them sealed and repaired as soon as possible.
When searching for a home, especially in an area like Arizona where stucco homes are common, it is important to work with a trusted agent who can help you identify any potential structural damage and cracks within the stucco, and while this is something that should be discovered during your home inspection, if the stucco has intensive damage your agent can help advise you of the issues prior to placing an offer so you can determine what the next steps should be in your home buying journey.
If you’re currently searching for a new home, whether a stucco exterior or other housing styles, are ready to sell your home and need a qualified seller’s agent to assist you, or if you have any further questions regarding Arizona Real Estate, please feel free to contact our office at any time.