Stucco is actually a relatively popular material for building, though it was even more popular several years ago. A number of older homes are made with stucco, but the material is starting to come back a little, with more people choosing it for something a little different and opting to have stucco fences around their homes.
What Is A Stucco Fence?
Stucco is not a building material on its own, it is used to cover up materials that are already being used. You can use concrete, steel or wood as a base for a wall and then build the stucco up over the top of it. In fact, you can take any wall or surface that you have in your home and apply a stucco facing over the top to give you the old-style Spanish design.
The stucco finish provides you with a sturdy fence or wall between your home and your neighbors, but it also provides you with a unique and stylish concrete look, because who wants to look at a chain link or wood fence all the time?
Is Stucco Right For You?
Stucco is a unique style of fencing, which means you need to know what it’s going to look like before it is used on your walls.
Additionally, a stucco wall’s surface is soft and textured, unlike bare concrete, which means you should think about the type of weather in your area before proceeding. More specifically, because the exterior stucco wall is very soft and porous, it’s extremely susceptible to problems from rain and bugs.
If you live in an area where there is a lot of rain or humidity or even snow and ice, you may want to think carefully about this material for the exterior of a wall. If you have problems with insects in your area you’ll want to consider it carefully as well because stucco is easy for them to burrow into and once they do it can seriously damage the look and surface of your walls.
Next, think about what you’re really looking for in that stucco fence or surrounding stucco wall. Are you looking for something that’s just going to look good as a standalone design or are you looking for something that’s going to be extra sturdy? This will help you understand what type of stucco walls design you really want.
For instance, a synthetic stucco wall can give you the same look as a real or natural stucco design while it allows you to save a little money. On the other hand, a real stucco wall is going to give you a longer-term product that’s higher quality and stands up to more abuse from the elements, such as weather or insects.
Synthetic Vs. Natural Stucco
As already mentioned above, you can choose synthetic or natural stucco for the exterior surface of a wall or fence. There are several excellent reasons to use synthetic stucco for your fence and some of those reasons are that is:
- Less expensive
- Made with acrylic resin
- Keeps water out by being waterproof or water resistant
- Less likely to suffer from discoloration from outside forces
- Dries in an even color and pattern
- Energy efficiency
The benefits of natural stucco, however, are just as numerous though slightly different in form. You can opt for
natural stucco because:
- Allows some moisture in but usually hard enough to keep it out
- Made with natural materials, cement, and lime
- Extremely rigid under all conditions
- Will discolor based on shading and sunlight
- Provides color differentiation in walls
How Much Is A Stucco Fence?
It may seem like an easy question to answer, but the truth is that the cost of a stucco fence can vary significantly depending on the nature of the project.
Some things to take into consideration are whether the fence structure is already in place and the material from which it is constructed, as this will make a difference when it comes time to apply the stucco itself. As mentioned above, different types of stucco exist, each of which bring a different price point.
In the modern day, some alternatives also exist in the world of stucco. One of the main ones is precast concrete stucco. This option shares the look of the traditional material with some different advantages such as increased strength and durability. However, this option also entails a different price point.
If you have any more questions about stucco on concrete, and specifically about stucco fencing, it is important to research and get expert advice. After all, there’s a lot you should know about stucco before you decide to put it up in your own yard. In doing some research you will know how to design it as well as how to care for it once you’ve got your home ready.