There has been a lot of discussion about synthetic stucco and traditional type stucco. Many people will stay loyal to their favorite type. However, it is very important to realize the differences between the two so you can make an educated decision on which to choose for your home's exterior siding.
A system developed in the 1950's called synthetic stucco, has the look of authentic stucco, but not the same qualities. Often called Exterior Insulation and Finish System, synthetic stucco had many problems in its early years. While, there have been improvements in it since then, the bad reputation has stuck.
Overall, synthetic stucco can be as durable as traditional stucco, but does require a little more maintenance.
A cement based product, traditional stucco is used around the world because of its natural durability and versatility. This stucco can least for over 50 years with regular maintenance. Easy to apply, many people will choose this type of stucco because of the do it yourself factor.
Looks are Deceiving
While synthetic stucco does have the same look as traditional stucco, it does not have the same feel, or protective qualities. Depending on where you live, and the size of your home, the choice as to which stucco you choose will have a dramatic impact on any future repairs.