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Dryvit vs Stucco – What Is the Difference?

When working on home upgrades or building maintenance, it is important to choose the right materials for the project. Some people prefer traditional brick and stucco for their walls and exteriors, while others love insulating materials like Dryvit cladding.

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Dryvit stucco is the brand name of a stucco manufacturer and not a specific stucco system. Several stucco systems are available from Dryvit, including three-coat stucco systems, EIFS systems, decorative systems, and more. 

Before deciding what to use for your home, it is best to get several estimates and explore various options, which this article will provide you with. 

Read on to learn more about Dryvit, how it’s different from stucco, its uniqueness, different types of Stucco Dryvit systems, prices, and lots more.

What is the Difference Between Stucco and Dryvit?

In North America, there are several stucco systems available. You could have come across something termed Dryvit when conducting research to determine which system is ideal. 

Due to its increased durability and versatility in terms of customization, siding like Dryvit has gained popularity across the United States.

Dryvit is the name of the manufacturer of various stucco systems. However, many people have started using the term “Dryvit” to refer to the company’s materials, leading to confusion. 

Dryvit is a synthetic stucco used as the final coat of another stucco system, like EIFS, to prevent water from permeating the other layers of the wall. Hence the use of the word “dry.”

What Makes Dryvit Different?

Stucco has been used in construction since 1824, whereas Dryvit was introduced in 1969. As a result, stucco has a reputation, whereas Dryvit is only now gaining traction. 

Traditional stucco can be used as a system on its own, but Dryvit can be added as “outsulation,” meaning external insulation, to an existing stucco system.

Types of Stucco Systems Offered by Dryvit

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Dryvit has six main systems that serve different objectives; several are intended for commercial projects but will also serve household applications. These are the systems:

1. Continuous Insulation System

Dryvit’s continuous insulation systems are stucco systems that use foam insulation on the outer surface of the building, making the walls more insulated and airtight. 

2. Stucco System 

Because they all use a scratch and brown coat, Dryvit’s stucco systems are more similar to a traditional three-coat stucco system.

They all employ metal lath and are suitable for wood and masonry substrates. Some also have enhanced water/air barriers.

3. Direct Applied System

The direct applied system, which does not include a continuous insulating barrier, is just a simpler system applied directly over masonry, wood, and ICF substrates. 

4. Panelization System 

Dryvit’s readymade panels include an insulating layer of foam, mesh, a base coat, and a finish coat.

These are more complicated than you might imagine and are often created for larger industrial uses!

5. NewBrick System

The Dryvit NewBrick system mimics the appearance of brick without any drawbacks associated with using conventional bricks (cost, weight, labor, etc.) The system primarily concentrates on the finish coat, which is the layer that gives bricks their unique brick look. 

6. ReVyvit System

This system is for older structures that need to be upgraded. Many options available will suit just about every scenario you can think of concerning older structures with stucco problems (texture, color, energy efficiency, etc.)

Advantages of Dryvit Stucco

Dryvit provides textured coatings for a wide range of systems. Their patented Outsulation is applied outside these systems to offer a lightweight yet extremely weather-resistant coating to avoid stucco damage. 

The acrylic-based mixtures with strong mildew resistance referred to as Sandpebble and Sandblast are notable examples.

Dryvit is blended with Portland cement and applied with a trowel during installation. Dryvit is applied in 18-inch long strips by contractors over plywood, existing siding, or OSB substrate. 

Dryvit is frequently used on houses with ICF exteriors because the two work well together. Since ICF blocks are highly susceptible to degradation and UV radiation, Dryvit acts as a protection.

Finally, the additional insulation is either a polyisocyanurate insulation board or a polystyrene insulation board. The material has a high R-value and will help you save money on utility bills. Moisture is kept out of the house by the weather barrier. 

Furthermore, the system improves breathability so that moisture can drain effectively from the walls without damaging the paint or other parts of the internal structure.

After your property has been sprayed with Dryvit, you will never have to paint the exterior again—unless you want to.

Dryvit Prices

Dryvit pricing is calculated on a per-square-foot basis, plus the cost of materials.

The price of Dryvit itself is based on how much you need to cover your walls and ceiling, plus your zip code. The more square feet your project requires, the more expensive it will be.

For example: if you want to cover an area that measures 1,500 square feet, Dryvit will cost from $4 to $6 per square foot, meaning that the total cost for this job would be $9,000 (1,500 x 6).

Dryvity Maintenance Tips

Dryvit has gained popularity as a material for commercial and residential buildings because it requires less upkeep. But that doesn’t mean you can neglect the maintenance. There are times when Dryvit needs to be cleaned.

Dryvit is an insulator. Hence its exterior coat is prone to damage. Although the insulation may withstand dirt and moisture, the manufacturer advises washing the walls and checking for cracks approximately every five years. 

To ensure the sealant has not deteriorated or broken, inspect the locations where panels meet windows and doors. Any cracked or worn areas may be letting moisture into the house, raising the possibility of mold growth and other issues.

To ensure that seams remain intact and the surface has not been harmed, routine inspection is essential. Always examine your siding after a windstorm as limbs may have dented or punctured it. 

Additionally, woodpeckers can make holes that are water-tight. And it would be best if you didn’t ever fasten anything to this siding that pierces the surface, such as planter boxes, hose holders, mailboxes, or street numbers. 

Dryvits shouldn’t come in contact with the ground or any other surface that collects water. If there are issues beyond your control, don’t hesitate to contact a professional. 

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