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5/9/2013 9:59:00 PM
Exterior finishes not always stuck on stucco
Ken Hedler
The Daily Courier

Stucco, vinyl and other exterior building materials offer durability, but what a homeowner or business chooses also is a matter of preference.

"Stucco can last 100 years," said Jerry Sanders, owner of Sanders Plastering Systems in Dewey-Humboldt.

"I think one of the biggest benefits is the longevity, the appearance," Sanders said. "When it is properly installed and functioning properly, it is very durable. I do a lot of exterior finishes" on stucco. "It has got the integral color, so you don't paint it."

Stucco has disadvantages as well, according to Michael Butcher, owner of Early Bird Siding in Jerome.

"A lot of it is personal preferences," Butcher said. "What I like about vinyl siding is it comes with a lifetime warranty for labor and materials."

By contrast, Butcher said the Arizona Registrar of Contractors requires only a two-year warranty for stucco work.

The warranty is only good for two years for the original stucco work because of the maintenance factor in addition to state law, Sanders explained. He said restoration work comes with a five-year warranty.

"Mostly, what I do is restoration work on stucco that is failing," he said. "A lot of time it is poor insulation or improper insulation, lack of maintenance by a homeowner," he said.

An example of poor maintenance occurs when a homeowner ignores a crack, he said.

"Moisture is not an issue if it is properly installed," Sanders said.

"All stucco should have a final coat or texture coat," Sanders said. "That is the way that the system is applied."

Sanders, who has done stucco work for 25 years and owned his business for 19 years, said it takes a day or two to stucco a house.

A vinyl siding project generally takes a week or two for a home, Butcher said. He added costs vary depending on the house.

"If there is a new house, there is not a lot of bushes and trees," which make a siding project easier without these obstructions, Butcher said.

He said it costs about the same to apply vinyl to an average home (2,000 square feet) in Prescott Valley as it would be to stucco it. Aluminum and steel cost more.

"I do 95 percent of vinyl siding," said Butcher, who has been licensed in Arizona since 1983. "It is probably half the price of cement board. Plus, you get the whole house covered."

For more information about vinyl siding, log onto Butcher's website at

To learn more about stucco, log onto

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