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Question DetailsAsked on 2/11/2016

How much would it cost to put Vinyl over stucco exterior? The house is 1,500 sf, 2 stories. Stucco appears dated.

House is 2 stories. I'd like decent (not too expensive) vinyl siding for the exterior walls, but I don't want the extra cost of completely removing the old stucco, which covers the house.
The property is located in the PA.

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There are so many factors, but one most importantly the stucco might need to be firred out if your not removing it, then any window and door frames need to be built out two, there is capping on windows and doors you may need soffits and facsias, gutters and down spouts, colors may change the price besides insulation and type of vinyl, there may be heights or difficultys to factor in, access TO THE AREA , WARRANTYS, AND INSURANCE, LABOR RATES ALSO EFFECT PRICING . bottom line get two to three estimates from local quality siding companys and then youll have a better understanding.

Answered 4 years ago by the new window man


As other comment said (NewWindowMan I think it was), going to be a bit more than usual because you need to fir it out on strips to make the nailing surface planar and also to provide an air gap behind it - otherwise the stucco will take up and hold moisture getting through the siding (which is water shedding, NOT waterproof). Typically 1/2x or 1x firring with airgap and bug screening top and bottom of wall, water barrier membrane sheet, then siding - though in some areas where the vapor barrier is on the outside of the wall, the vapor barrier is put over the stucco under the firring strips instead of over them, to minimize mold forming on the vinyl from it having a wet back.

The firring needs to be carefully applied, typically with cedar or better yet redwood shims so the firring strips all lie flat and planar despite the rough stucco they are going over (so a vertically rotating or sweeping laser alignment job). Also, over stucco, because it is typically pretty rough and uneven, 1/2x2 softwood lath tends to split badly, so generally takes 1/2x2 hardwood or 1x2 softwood - meaning you are getting a siding that is going to stand pretty proud (forward from) the windows and walls so they are either going to need to be moved forward, or new flashing put around them and facing trim or brickmold applied to bring the frame forward of the siding - this plus the firring may well cost more than just removing the stucco and residing in the normal way.

Cost - with normal vinyl lap siding probably about $3-5/SF, plus $1-2/SF for the stucco removal or firring plus the water barrier and window flashing and trim - quite a bit more if the windows and doors are removed and moved forward to more normal position relative tothe siding. This is pretty rarely done - normally, if doing that the windows are just replaced with new at the same time.

One other possibilitiy, depending on house - just having the stucco sandblasted (if heavily or glossy painted) and then retextured with a different look texture - many are being redone in Mediterranean heavy knockdown surface, for example. Or change to a stippled, coarse sanded, pebbled or flecked finish, for instance. Commonly in the few $/SF range - plus the $1-2/SF painting if going to be painted as it usually is.

Or redo in stone or brick veneer (ballpark $5-10/SF fake, $10-20/SF real stone or brick) so not cheaper, but definitely a different look.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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