Hardy plank vs stucco
Stan Stewart
April 24, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I live in Orlando Florida and am looking to redesign the exterior of our house. Looking for design and durability opinions between stucco vs hardy plank
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Rockin' Fine Finish
you are in stucco country most southern states of the u.s california arizona etc. all use stucco a lot im not a big fan i really like hardie it holds it paint well and can be painted plenty of times stucco can also be painted. Because i am in state that has a lot of rain stucco and dryvit fail a lot around here.
April 24, 2013 at 7:46pm   
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Hi. We are just re-surfacing our home after 15 years battle with with Hardie over cracks, water leaks, etc from using their external blue boards. Yes, they hold colour, don't need maintenance etc but have caused us much heartache. Be wary of Hardie.
April 24, 2013 at 7:59pm   
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Rockin' Fine Finish
@ sabrina what exactly happened to your hardie?
April 24, 2013 at 8:25pm   
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kathleen MK
Yes what Happened ? we are half way through replacing wood fascia boards with HardiePlank. I was planning to use their Stucco look sheets to build a studio shed. your input could change my mind.
Architect hubby (who has designed commercial buildings in Miami) says home builders often don't get the expansion joints right. This causes cracks in stucco which is really bad in high humidity. So check your contractors' references on stucco projects. in booth cases it could be how it's applied more than the actual product failing.
Good luck finding a better solution.
April 24, 2013 at 8:46pm   
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Rockin' Fine Finish
Hardy has had there problems but most have been fixed making sure you follow all the specs on the hardy you shouldn't have any problems making sure all flashings caulk joints are done right.
April 24, 2013 at 8:50pm   
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