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June 30, 2021

Reviewed by Robert Tschudi, Home Building & Remodeling Expert.
Written by HomeAdvisor.

2021 Notice: Material Prices are Surging

Demand for siding has grown over the past year. And, as a result, manufacturers are increasing materials prices. Prices have gone up 5% to 10% this year, and many parts of the country are experiencing long delivery times. If you're planning a siding project, we recommend starting as early as possible in the season, preparing for potential price fluctuations, and allowing extra time to order materials.

Stucco Siding Cost

It costs $4,969 to stucco a 1,000-square-foot house, with most homeowners paying between $2,098 and $8,262 This includes the cost of materials, labor and stucco installation supplies. Stucco installation costs depend on the total square footage, your location, the type of stucco you use and the complexity of the job.

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Average Cost to Stucco a House

The cost to stucco a 1,500-square-foot home is approximately $9,525, with most homeowners paying between $8,000 and $11,100 for materials and equipment, as well as planning, area preparation and protection, setup, stucco application and cleanup.

Stucco consists of three coats. The first is a “scratch coat” that gives the second, heavier coat something to stick to. The second coat is the “brown coat” or “levelling coat.” It provides a smooth surface for the third or “finishing coat.”

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Stucco Cost Per Square Foot

Stucco costs $8 per square foot, with most people spending between $7 and $9 per square foot. This includes materials, labor and equipment.

Stucco Material Cost

Stucco material costs $5.50 per square foot, with $5 at the low end and $6 per square foot at the high end. This includes the base stucco, which costs around $31 for a 12-pound bag of mix that covers between 320 and 480 square feet when applying two coats.

It also includes finishing coat stucco, which costs around $17 per 80-pound bag that can cover 35 square feet. The coverage of the bag depends on the manufacturer, so check this specification carefully.

Finally, it also includes sealants, weather stripping, exterior grade caulking, corrosion-resistant fasteners and flashing.

Stucco Installation Cost

Stucco installation costs $2.50 per square foot. Most homeowners spend between $2 and $3 per square foot on labor, depending on their location and the difficulty of the job.

Cost to Re-Stucco a House

Re-stuccoing a house costs between $9,195 and $12,295. If you hire a contractor for these jobs, you can expect to pay these additional costs to remove the old stucco:

  • Sandblasting costs: $905
  • Power washing costs: $290 (Note that pressure washing uses cold water at high pressure and this will remove/damage stucco¬ódo not use pressure washing to clean stucco surfaces that you want to keep! Use power washing, which heats the water and uses a wet steam to clean the surface.)

For best results and to save you some hassle, contact a siding professional today.

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Cost to Replace Stucco

Replacing stucco costs $4.50 per square foot. Most homeowners spend between $3 and $6 per square foot depending on the condition of the old stucco and the type of new stucco.

Home SizeAverage CostTypical Range
1,500 square feet$6,750$4,500-$9,000
3,000 square feet$13,500$9,000-$18,000
5,000 square feet$22,500$15,000-$30,000

Cost to Replace Siding With Stucco

It costs between $5 and $12 per square foot to replace existing siding with stucco. Replacing siding with stucco is especially popular in warm climates, because many homeowners value stucco’s unique texture as a design feature.

Stucco Over Brick Cost

Installing stucco over brick costs $7 per square foot, or $5 per square foot at the low end and $9 per square foot at the high end. You can easily apply stucco over brick and masonry to give your home extra curb appeal.

Home SizeAverage CostTypical Range
1,500 square feet$10,455$7,995-$12,900
3,000 square feet$20,910$15,990-$25,800
5,000 square feet$34,850$26,650-$43,000

Stucco Over Wood Siding Cost

Installing stucco over wood substrates costs $8.50 per square foot, with most homeowners spending between $5 and $12 per square foot.

Home SizeAverage CostTypical Range
1,500 square feet$12,750$7,500-$18,000
3,000 square feet$25,500$15,000-$36,000
5,000 square feet$42,500$25,000-$60,000

Stucco Inspection Cost

Stucco inspection costs $900 on average, with most people spending between $600 and $1,200 depending on their location, the size of the home and the square footage of stucco. A stucco inspector performs a visual inspection, and, if needed, moisture probes and thermal imaging.

Stucco Price Factors

The most important stucco price factors to consider are the type of finish you choose, the area you want to cover and the cost of labor.

Stucco Wall Cost

A stucco wall costs $7.50 per square foot or $60 per linear foot for a one-story, eight-foot high wall.

Wall DimensionNumber of StoriesCost
8’ x 12’1$720
16’x 12’2$1,440
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Smooth Stucco Finish Cost

Smooth stucco finish costs $8 per square foot or $770 for a single-story wall if it’s a fresh installation. When installing smooth stucco over a wall that already has textured stucco, it costs $4.50 per square foot or $435 for an eight by 12-foot wall.

Other Cost Factors

Other cost factors to take into consideration include:

  • The condition of the wall
  • The quality of the stucco
  • Additional materials such as control joints, expansion joints and decorative stucco molding trim
  • Building permits
  • Scaffolding
  • If you are in an HOA, check with bylaws before starting the installation (some also need to approve paint color)

Exterior Stucco Prices vs. Other Options

Exterior stucco prices are often higher than those of other siding options such as brick, vinyl or exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS). However, stucco offers more advantages. See the table below for a comparison of the various siding materials.

Type of Siding MaterialProsCons
Stucco: $8 per square feetGood insulation, can retard fire up to 1 hour, easy to install, can last 50 years or more, low maintenanceNot good in areas with heavy rain
Brick: $15 per square feetGood insulation, fire resistant, can last 100 years or more, highly weather resistant, low maintenanceRequires specialized labor
Vinyl: $4 per square feetEasy to install, can last up to 40 years, weather resistant, low maintenanceNot fire resistant
EIFS: $7 per square feetGood insulation, can retard fire up to 1 hour, highly durable, low maintenanceRequires specialized labor, not good in areas with heavy rain

DIY vs. Hire a Stucco Pro

Applying stucco yourself is the cheapest option, but you’ll need specialized equipment and up to five days for the job. Hiring a local stucco pro costs more, but it saves you a lot of hassle and time — plus, you’ll have the guarantee that the job is done right.


How much does Dryvit stucco cost?

Dryvit bases its prices on a number of variables. Reach out to an installer for a consultation and a quote.

How much does it cost to repair stucco?

Professional stucco repair costs $29 per square foot, with $8 per square foot for minor repairs and $50 per square foot for more difficult ones. You can also repair small horizontal cracks yourself. Pre-mixed stucco patch costs around $8 for a one-quart bucket.

What is synthetic stucco?

Synthetic stucco is the same as “exterior insulation and finish systems,” or EIFS. It consists of six layers:

  • Water-resistant barrier (optional)
  • Adhesive
  • Foam insulation board
  • Base coat
  • Reinforcement mesh
  • Finish

These layers bond together to form a non-permeable covering. Note that if moisture seeps in behind the covering, it can’t evaporate. This can lead to dry rot.

How do you maintain stucco?

Maintaining stucco is relatively easy. Periodically wash it with a high-pressure garden hose to avoid the potential damage of high-powered pressure washing. Start at the bottom and spray your way to the top, then rinse back down again. Inspect each wall for cracks or holes and repair them as needed.

Stucco vs. Parging

Some houses have a stucco-like finish on the foundation, especially if the foundation is made of cinder blocks. This finish is called parging and is a simple spreading of mortar over the blocks to prevent moisture and insects from getting into the crawlspace. Unlike stucco, parging is very inexpensive and a great DIY project.

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