How Much Does Stucco Siding Cost?

Scott Dylan Westerlund
Updated January 24, 2022
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The average cost to add stucco siding to a home is between $750 and $19,000

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Stuck on stucco for your home? Nobody can blame you for wanting this fresh look that stands up to weather and wind like a champ. Expect to pay around $4,800 to stucco a home that's 1,000 square feet. While homeowners pay as little as $750 to as much as $19,000 for stucco siding, the typical range is between $1,930 and $7,645. Factors like the complexity of your home, your desired finish, and the popularity of stucco in your local area can all sway prices. To help decide if this is the best siding material for you and your budget, read on to learn about its cost factors.

How Much Does It Cost to Add Stucco Siding to a Home by Square Foot?

With stucco prices per square foot falling somewhere between $7 and $9, most homeowners should expect to pay around $8 per square foot for stucco siding when factoring in materials, labor, and equipment. Here's how that compares to other popular house siding options:

  • Aluminum: $2–$5 per square foot

  • Vinyl: $3–$12 per square foot

  • Engineered wood: $3–$12 per square foot

  • Brick: $9–$28 per square foot

How Much Does It Cost to Add Stucco Siding Near You?

The average price for stucco siding can vary by state and region. Stucco is considered a common and inexpensive option in states throughout the West and Southwest. Considered an "exotic" option on the East Coast, stucco is a pricey "specialty" option in many Mid-Atlantic and New England States.

Here's a look at the average prices homeowners around the country are paying for stucco siding:

  • Miami, Florida: $2,560

  • Austin, Texas: $3,160

  • Phoenix, Arizona: $3,570

  • Los Angeles, California: $4,420

  • Denver, Colorado: $5,160

  • New York City: $10,110

  • Raleigh, North Carolina: $18,830

How Much Does It Cost to Add Stucco Siding Yourself?

With stucco materials averaging $5.50 per square foot, the cost to install your own stucco siding will depend on the size of your home.

Stucco Siding Cost Breakdown

Materials

"Base stucco" typically costs $31 per 12-pound bag. Each bag will cover between 320 and 480 square feet with a two-coat application. Next up is a special finishing stucco costing $17 per each 80-pound bag capable of covering 35 square feet. Other materials needed for the project include:

  • Sealants

  • Weather stripping

  • Exterior-grade caulking

  • Corrosion-resistant fasteners

  • Flashing

Labor

The average labor costs when getting new siding range from $1 to $3 per square foot. While this accounts for all siding types, stucco application can be slightly more expensive due to the expertise needed. Within the stucco category, labor costs for synthetic and smooth stucco are higher than for traditional stucco because more precision is required.

Things like accessibility, home height, and home age can also alter labor costs.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Stucco by Project Type?

Suburban family stucco home
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Replacing Stucco

If you're re-stuccoing a home, the average price is between $9,000 and $13,000. Re-stuccoing a home can add more than $1,000 to the project if you need sandblasting and power washing to remove your existing stucco.

Adding Stucco Over Brick

Adding stucco over brick can cost between $10,455 for a 1,500-square-foot home and $34,850 for a 5,000-square-foot home. The average cost for placing stucco over bricks lands at $7 per square foot.

Adding Stucco Over Wood Siding

If you're giving outdated wood siding a crisp makeover, the average cost to slap some stucco over your wood is $8.50 per square foot. That puts total project costs between $12,750 for a 1,500-square-foot house and $42,500 for a 5,000-square-foot house.

Stucco Cost by Style

Traditional Stucco

Costing $7 to $9 per square foot when installed, traditional stucco is an affordable, easy-to-repair option that cures easily.

Synthetic Stucco

Costing between $7 and $12 per square foot when installed, synthetic stucco offers an insulating R-value with a fiberglass layer. It is better able to stand up to thermal expansion and foundational shifts than traditional stucco without cracking or crumbling.

Smooth-Finish Stucco

Stucco with a smooth finish is more expensive than textured stucco because more skill and precision are needed during application. With a smooth stucco finish, all of the imperfections potentially hidden by something like the "knockdown" style of textured stucco will be as clear as day!

While smooth stucco is the more expensive choice, the average cost per square foot is still just $8. If you're simply adding smooth stucco over an existing textured stucco for aesthetic purposes, the cost is $4.50 per square foot.

FAQs About Stucco Siding

Should I choose traditional or synthetic stucco?

If you're installing stucco in a climate with extreme weather, synthetic stucco may be the only viable option for avoiding damage. While synthetic is more expensive and difficult to install, it is the most durable option.

Can I add my own DIY siding?

It is possible to add stucco siding to your home on your own if you're using traditional stucco. However, synthetic stucco siding requires a complex installation process that is not suitable for DIY projects.

What other projects can I do when adding stucco siding to my house?

The best projects to do at the same time as a siding replacement include:

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