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Stucco Vs Brick — Which Is the Right External Cladding for Your House?

by Frank Elliott

Once the construction of your residence is complete, you are likely deliberating on how best to protect your new investment without detracting from its overall appeal. The best way to do so would by installing external cladding. Granted, cladding systems have previously been associated with bland supplies such as metal and vinyl, as some homeowners simply focused on the utilitarian aspect of these systems rather than how they would contribute to the visual appeal of the property. In recent years, though, more and more people are leaning toward supplies that will complement their house and consequently increase the value of their property. Although you have a wide variety of options at your disposal, two main supplies remain at the forefront when in search of external cladding that will provide both form and function. This article takes a brief look at stucco and brick so that you can determine which would be the right solution for your house.

Stucco external cladding

Comprising cement, sand, lime and water, stucco is one of the more resilient cladding options in the market. While previously thought of as a traditional option, the benefits it offers makes it just as relevant today as it was decades ago. To begin with, stucco cladding offers a high degree of insulation, and this protection against thermal changes is particularly critical in Australia since the temperatures can be extreme. The thermal properties it offers also functions towards keeping your utility costs manageable. By enabling you to retain comfortable temperatures indoors, you will notice a decreased dependence on artificial cooling and heating, which is a massive benefit for any household.

When it comes to design, stucco was formerly associated with a classic aesthetic, but you are not limited to this finish. Currently, you have the opportunity to choose from an assortment of colours and abstract designs. Moreover, you could also choose to have a mural painted on the stucco or opt for a mosaic finish. Overall, the design flexibility it offers helps ensure the external cladding will fit right in with your chosen aesthetic. 

Brick external cladding

Another classic material that is proving to be a timeless addition to any residence is brick cladding. One of the top reasons why brick has stood the test of time is its undeniable weather resistance, which makes it perfectly suited for cladding applications since this is the foremost reason why one would install cladding in the first place. Additionally, much like stucco, brick insulates the property effortlessly, making it suited to a majority of Aussie homes.

One advantage that brick cladding offers that is not common with other cladding systems is its ability to reinforce the structure. Since brick is both sturdy and weather-resistant, the cladding prevents premature damage to your walls in the form of cracking, moisture damage, mould and more. Resultantly, both your property and the cladding itself will require minimal upkeep, which helps keep your household's maintenance costs affordable.


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Hello! My name is Andy and I have recently finished building my dream home by the ocean. I have always loved swimming and surfing in the sea so the idea of living by the beach has always appealed to me. I used to live in a small apartment but I worked hard and saved as much cash as I could. By the time I reached the age of 47, I finally had the funds to build my dream home. I called in a team of construction contractors who built my house. They were really great guys and I picked up a lot of knowledge during the months they were working with me. I will share some of the knowledge here.