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Old 12-18-2009, 01:21 AM   #1
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Stucco over my cedar wood paneling vs stucco over newly installed plywood

Hi can someone please help giv eme some advice. The front of my house is cedar T & G wood paneling. I am looking to update the look and stucco my house. I have had a few contractor provide bids to succo directly on top of the paneling, and other contractors provide bids to rip out the paneling and install new plywood and then stucco.

Any ideas on which way I should go? The bids to stucco over the paneling are about $5-7K lower.

The cedar paneling is in good condition and there are no leaks.

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Old 12-18-2009, 07:36 AM   #2
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First, stucco does not go directly on any wood. A moisture barrier such as felt is first installed, then wire lath. But I would say there would be less movement underneath with plywood. T&G underlayment will have a lot of joints that could eventually telegraph to the surface.
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Old 12-18-2009, 08:40 AM   #3
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Do not attempt to stucco over the paneling. Even these other plans are lacking a rain drain plain. Why? Moisture must be controlled with a stucco finish. And movement must be limited. Plywood is better and as mentioned here it must be shielding from the stucco.
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Do you mean t&g wood siding? Like T-1-11? Is it 4x8' sheets with a rough sawn look or grooves vertically on it? Or smooth plywood sheets with trim in a design serving as bracing against racking as well?

A picture would help.

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Stucco vs EIFS

You can do either Stucco, or EIFS (Exterior Insulation Foam System)
over the siding (Wood/Vinyl)
I would preffer EIFS mechanicly attached if you do not want to remove the siding. I would recomend EIFS out of all since it will save you energy in a long run. Your sq Ft price shall be from $7.00 - $ 10.00 a ft
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