Quotes: Stucco Durability

Stucco Defects“Stucco has a great deal to recommend it in house construction, but it has also some conspicuous drawbacks. Stucco is much like the little girl who, “when she was good she was very, very good, but when she was bad she was horrid.” When properly made and applied it is durable, inexpensive to maintain, a warm covering in winter and a cool one in summer, pleasing to the eye and susceptible of an unlimited number of variations in texture and color. When badly or carelessly made and applied, no material could be worse, for if it does not fall off entirely it will peel off in sections, bulge, crack, absorb water, spot, streak and take on either a dull cheerless gray or a medley of tints, as the ill-chosen mixture or poor workmanship may determine. Its so-called defects are usually traced to the ignorance or carelessness of the men who specify and handle it, if not to a deliberate swindle.”

Herring, O.C.  1912.  Concrete and Stucco Houses:  The Use of Plastic Materials in the Building of County and Suburban Houses in a Manner to Insure the Quality of Fitness, Durability and Beauty.  McBride, Nast & Company.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: There was a Little Girl