Stucco vs. Engineered Wood Siding: Understanding the Differences
In certain regions of Canada – particularly the Toronto area – stucco is a popular exterior wall system. Previously we examined the differences between engineered wood lap siding and vinyl, fiber cement and traditional wood siding materials. Now let’s compare the features of stucco and engineered wood.
Facts to Know
It’s important to know the facts before choosing siding for a home. While stucco and engineered wood each offer impressive durability, only LP® CanExel® lap siding combines multiple advantages – often at a less expensive price. It’s why CanExel siding has been a top choice of builders, architects, remodelers and homeowners for more than 40 years.
Composition. Stucco is traditionally made from Portland cement, sand, lime and water. The materials used to create stucco do not react well to excess moisture, making it prone to cracks and shrinkage in areas where there is a freeze-thaw cycle. CanExel engineered wood is made of wood fiber combined with resin binders for strength, waxes for water resistance and multiple layers of heat-cured paint for enhanced durability in Canadian environments. For more than 40 years, it has been shown to perform well even in the face of frigid cold, intense heat, everyday impacts and more.
Application. Wet stucco is smoothed by hand over wire mesh that is nailed to the side of a structure, in several layers. Stucco can only be applied at a certain temperature, and each coat of stucco must dry before another can be applied. Due to its labor-intensive application, stucco siding is among the most expensive siding options.
Engineered wood siding can be carried by one person and is easier and faster to install. During installation, it can be cut with standard tools. The cost of engineered wood siding may be half that of a stucco exterior.
Moisture resistance. Stucco is porous and without proper underlayment, moisture can reach the wood framing of a house and cause rot and mold growth. Synthetic stucco systems are designed to be waterproof but can also trap water behind the siding surface, leading to similar problems. Every piece of CanExel engineered wood features a clear, protective edge sealer for increased resistance to moisture.
Durability. A good stucco job can last for years, but after being subjected to various weather conditions may need to be recoated. LP CanExel siding is prefinished with industrial-strength Valspar® paint. Multiple layers of paint are heat-cured and a sealant is applied, so the material resists cracking, splitting, warping, splintering and buckling. It’s also backed by a 25-year substrate warranty and a 15-year finish warranty.
Visual appeal. The look of stucco and siding are very different yet both are versatile. Deciding to use one over the other depends on a homeowner’s personal taste. Often siding and stucco can be combined to create unique curb appeal.
Discover CanExel® Lap Siding
We invited you to discover the exciting benefits of LP CanExel engineered wood for your next siding project. Learn more and check out samples at a preferred dealer near you.
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Amy Lindholm is the Brand Manager at LP Corp overseeing all Siding brand management activities including strategic plan development, media and digital communication. She has over 15 years of marketing and brand management experience in full-service marketing agencies with an emphasis on brand development, consumer merchandising, and retail sales promotion management working with large blue-chip clients. She also has a B.S. from New York University. She combines two of her loves, travel and racing, to compete in half or full marathons and triathlons across the globe.