Rustic Modern RanchSouthwestern Exterior, San Diego
What Houzz contributors are saying:
There are also maintenance reasons a homeowner might want smooth stucco. Heavily textured stucco can collect dust in its indentations, which over time can lend a dingy appearance, says Kirk Giordano, a plastering and stucco contractor based in Alameda, California. “The rain is full of dust,” Giordano says. Dust and pollutants in the air also settle onto a home’s roof, and when rainstorms wash this grime down the front of the house it settles into the crevices of heavily textured stucco and can leave a streaked appearance. “The more texture, the more dust it holds,” Giordano says. Eventually, moss may grow in the indentations. Giordano has heard from multiple homeowners who find spiders making webs and living in the deep indentations in their stucco. Smoothing a stucco surface can make it less welcoming to insects, Giordano says.Power-washing can clean off the dirt and grime and refresh the look of dingy stucco, and painting can also refresh its look. But homeowners who find that their homes need to be power-washed frequently may want to consider a smoother stucco surface the next time they have exterior work done.
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In the high-priced San Francisco Bay Area where Giordano lives, the cost to pressure-wash and retexture with a base coat and a color coat on a 1,500-square-foot house would typically run $12,000 to $14,000. For a 3,000-square-foot, two-story home that requires scaffolding, the cost could be $38,000 to $40,000. If only a color coat is needed, the prices would be about half that. Stucco pro Ryan Clark of Blue Collar Stucco in Nevada City, California, says rates to pressure-wash a 1,500-square-foot home and retexture it with a base coat and finish coat would run $4,500 to $7,500 in his area. The same work on a 3,000-square-foot, two-story home would run $9,000 to $15,000,