Stucco is used all over the US however most commonly in dryer climates like the southwest. Stucco walls can last for a lifetime with minimal upkeep, however you will need to reapply stucco every now and then.
Stucco traditionally is used on both exterior and interior wall to prevent damage from wear and tear due to weather conditions like heat, rain, strong winds and extreme cold. Due to the flexibility of the stucco your walls will crack less often leading to them having a much longer life span!
Traditional stucco is better suited for rain and wetter seasons because it is less likely to absorb water than synthetic stucco. Traditional stucco is more resilient to wear and tear as well as external factors like weather and wildlife.
Synthetic stucco, commonly referred as an EIFS or Exterior insulation and finish system is used both on interior and exterior walls. EIFS is multiple layers used to insulate and protect walls in the same way traditional stucco does.
Synthetic Stucco vs. Traditional Stucco
- Synthetic stucco is not brittle unlike traditional stucco
- Traditional stucco handles rainy weather better than synthetic stucco
- Synthetic stucco is more energy efficient so is mostly used for interiors
- Traditional Stucco absorbs water then dries out naturally
- Traditional stucco requires special materials to be applied to walls properly