A Guide To Stucco Cladding

A Guide To Stucco Cladding

Cladding is a great way to add personality and texture to your home. But if you’re not sure what option is right for you, stucco might be the way to go. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about stucco cladding.

Types of Stucco

The 2 types of stucco cladding are:
A. Sand/cement stucco cladding.
B. Acrylic stucco cladding

Sand/Cement Stucco Cladding

This is the basic sand-cement stucco mixture used for centuries. The colors tend to be somewhat limited due to the fact that it derives their color from the oxide pigments. Nevertheless, this type of stucco has a very long life span.  Over time, its hardiness can increase as it absorbs moisture. Cement stucco can also be layered onto the building in thick textures. This is often done to hide bumps or other small imperfections that are easy to address in this manner.

Acrylic Stucco

Acrylic stucco is an acrylic-based flexible coating. It contains no cement within the mixture. Since it is acrylic it resembles paint and can be changed to almost any color you want. Acrylic is more expensive though.  It also requires more time to apply – plus it is only used as a top coat. Traditional cement stucco will still have to be applied as the base coat. The advantage of acrylic topcoat is that it does not absorb water and since it has polymers it can bridge hairline cracks.

Stucco Cladding Color

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right stucco cladding color for your home. The most important thing is to find a color that you love and that will complement the rest of your home’s exterior. With a little patience and effort, you’ll be able to find the perfect color for your home. Remember, stucco cladding color depends on the type of cladding used.

Acrylic Stucco Cladding Color

Acrylic stucco cladding can work for almost anyone. It can be tinted to almost any color. Be warned about using dark colors though. Remember that UV resistance decreases when you opt for darker colors. If you want to avoid fading, the most common colors to choose from include reds, dark blues, dark browns, and dark greens.

Sand/Cement Stucco Cladding Color

Cement stucco is pigmented with dry pigment powders.  These pigments naturally occuring in the ground, making them very limited. The most common colors used today are pastel colors but reputable contractors can achieve a range of light to dark

The most common colors used today are pastel colors and new trends are going towards earthy tones. The future holds more vibrant and darker colors as manufacturers experiment with new pigments and bases. You may request a color chart from most manufacturers.

Both types of stucco have color that goes below the surface, so a scratch or abrasion shows more of the same color underneath. Deeper colors require additional pigment and are priced higher than lighter shades.


Stucco cladding is a great way to improve the look of your home, and it’s a material that can last for many years. If you’re thinking about adding stucco cladding to your home, be sure to check out our guide for more information. Thanks for reading!