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Stucco Siding Alternatives for Denver Properties

Stucco siding offers numerous benefits including fire-resistance, easy maintenance, and soundproofing. However, there are areas where stucco siding can fall short for Denver properties. Stucco is one of the more expensive siding options requiring higher labor costs due to its labor-intensive installation. Stucco also has moderate moisture-resistance that isn’t ideal for Denver properties.

If you choose to use stucco siding to your home, investigating different alternatives is always a great idea. James Hardie® and other leading siding manufacturers offer stucco-like siding alternatives that can be even better options for your property. Scottish Home Improvements does not provide traditional stucco siding, but we can install James Hardie® Stucco Siding Panels and other options on many homes with existing stucco.

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Stucco Pros & Cons

With all of the style, material, and color combinations available, there are numerous options for residing your home. But before you settle on a certain type of siding, it’s important to look at the big picture and consider how your decision will impact your home and family in the long run. Here are some of the pros and cons of residing a home with stucco in Colorado.

Pros

Here are some of the reasons why homeowners are attracted to stucco siding:

  • Color: Many people are drawn to stucco because of the rich earth tones. These rock and stone-like colors are warm and inviting, and are reminiscent of the natural beauty of the Southwest.
  • Texture: Texture is one of the most compelling attributes of stucco siding. It has so much depth and character. The same texture is similar to natural rock formations, which makes it appealing to people who enjoy being in nature.
  • Fire resistance: Stucco is made of a mixture sand, Portland cement, lime, and water, which are all non-flammable. In areas where wildfires are a concern or there are strict safety codes because homes are built close together, this could be a desirable trait.

Cons

While there are many benefits of stucco siding, there are also considerable drawbacks. Here are some of the disadvantages:

  • Fragility: High alkaline, clay soil is a common characteristic of Colorado. Clay soil is notorious for causing foundations to shift. This could be devastating to stucco siding and cause it to crack.
  • Insulation Insulation is also a concern for modern stucco. Stucco siding is best suited for areas that are warm and dry year round. While summers in Colorado are notably dry, winters are cold and damp. This can lead to high heating costs and moisture damage.
  • High maintenance: Stucco siding is difficult to repair, and almost always requires the assistance of a professional, which can be expensive. Furthermore, it has to be cleaned regularly because dirt, dust, and grime create stains that stand out like a sore thumb.

In the end, only you can make the decision about whether or not you’re comfortable with the risks involved with stucco siding. If you like the look of stucco, there are many alternatives out there that have a similar appearance. Your contractor will be able to help you find a better option that looks just as beautiful.

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James Hardie® Stucco Panel Siding Colors & Textures

Stucco siding panels produced by James Hardie® fiber cement siding are the preferred option for many consumers who are looking for the stucco siding look but would rather not deal with the maintenance of traditional materials. Stucco siding panels are also very useful for modern homes providing durability, modern lines, efficient installation, and excellent energy efficiency. It comes in the full spectrum of James Hardie® ColorPlus® technology. Stucco siding panels can also be used as an alternative to traditional stucco siding techniques. The panels provide long term durability emulating the design styles many stucco consumers like to see.

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James Hardie® Stucco Panel Siding Installation in Denver Homes

The installation of James Hardie® stucco siding panels is much simpler than traditional stucco installation. Instead of the extensive, multi-layered installation, stucco panel siding follows James Hardie®‘s stringent best practices guidelines. When an installer abides by these guidelines, James Hardie® warranties their product with a 30-year non-prorated, transferable, limited warranty which is a significantly longer period than traditional stucco could last. Click here to read the James Hardie® Best Practices PDF. When considering any type of stucco siding, call Scottish Home Improvements for your free in-home consultation. We will be happy to come to your home and spend the time to educate you about your siding choices.

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Other Stucco Siding Alternatives for Denver Properties

Scottish Home Improvements is honored to provide all the leading stucco alternatives for homes and businesses throughout the Denver metro area. Enjoy the look of stucco with the added benefits of different siding materials.

  • Allura Stucco Fiber Cement Siding: Allura is a great fiber cement siding company that offers a great alternative to traditional stucco. The class A fire-rated fiber cement offers residential and commercial buildings a wonderful option.

Allura Stucco Fiber Cement Panel Siding Installation Manual
Allura Stucco Fiber Cement Panel Siding Brochure
Allura Stucco Fiber Cement Siding Specification Sheet

  • Sto® Cement Board Stucco Systems: These impact-resistant cement siding options are great for commercial properties in Downtown Denver. The stucco finish offers visual interest backed by the power of durable fiber cement.

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  • Stucco Composite Wood Siding: The durable acrylic finish creates the appearance of stucco. This great engineered wood composite siding product offers high durability. The acrylic stucco finish delivers a beautiful, authentic look.

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Stucco Siding Alternatives for Denver Commercial Properties

Commercial properties looking for the textured look of stucco can enjoy stucco alternative siding options for better maintenance benefits, durability, as well as price point. Fiber cement and composite wood substrate can deliver the type of property strength Denver business owners are looking for. Enjoy cost-effective options that are more sustainable and may lower insurance premiums due to noncombustibility.

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A Stucco Siding Company You Can Trust

Scottish Home Improvements offers effective alternatives for potential stucco consumers. By working with a company who can give you the whole breadth stucco siding choices, you are ensuring that you receive honest advice about your many options. When you work with Scottish Home Improvements you are also working with a company who has won the BBB gold star for customer service for 7 consecutive years and maintains a BBB A+ rating. Contact Scottish today to schedule a consultation.

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