Stucco Siding vs. Vinyl Siding

By fiderioandsons Mar 4, 2013

Choosing the right home siding is very important, as it can increase the value of your home and decrease your energy costs. Whether you are a homeowner looking to remodel, or a first time buyer reviewing your options, it is important to know the difference between stucco siding and vinyl siding. Vinyl and stucco siding vary in cost, style and maintenance.


Vinyl siding is one of the least expensive choices for home siding, which is what makes it the number one choice of exterior cladding across the United States and Canada. In installation and long-term care, vinyl siding is much more cost efficient than any other type of home siding. Vinyl siding, which is fairly easy to install, costs much less in contractor labor fees. Vinyl siding is a much more durable option than stucco, and therefore requires very little overall maintenance.

The cost of installation for stucco siding can be substantial because it requires more time and attention than other siding options. Stucco can develop holes or stains over time, requiring a homeowner to pay more in care and maintenance fees.


Vinyl siding, just like stucco siding, can provide excellent insulation from severe weather. Of course, stucco and vinyl siding can both look sophisticated and attractive on any home or building. Stucco siding tends to have a more natural and rough appearance, usually seen in Spanish-style homes. In comparison, vinyl siding provides a very clean and manufactured look.

Stucco siding is available in neutral colors, like beige, brown and white. In contrast, vinyl siding is available in thousands of colors, textures and styles. Depending on the look that the homeowner is going for, vinyl siding tends to have more available options. Maintenance

Vinyl siding beats out almost all other siding options in the maintenance category. As we’ve mentioned in past blog posts on vinyl siding, it requires very little attention.
Vinyl siding does not rot or become discolored, and it is made durable enough to withstand extreme weather conditions. Occasionally, homeowners may need to replace panels or repair tears in vinyl siding, which is a very inexpensive and easy fix. Vinyl siding is also extremely easy to clean, an advantage it has over almost every other type of home cladding.

Stucco siding can stain or develop holes over a period of time, so it does require a little bit more care than traditional vinyl siding. Both vinyl siding and stucco siding can have a lifespan of over twenty five years if properly cared for.

As you can see in the graph below, vinyl siding beats all other exterior cladding options in percent share.

Not sure if vinyl siding is the right choice for your home? Download our free vinyl siding checklist!

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