How does vinyl siding compare with stucco?
Like brick and stone, stucco is costly to apply. And because stucco is less durable than brick or stone, it develops cracks and bulges that need regular (and costly) attention. Appearance is usually dependent on applicator skills. In a dry climate like Arizona or New Mexico, stucco would probably be my siding of choice as it fares very well in hot dry climates. Here in Washington, stucco suffers because concrete absorbs water and that is where all the problems begin.