Bad texture? Stucco instead, Columbus painter says

Bad texture? Stucco instead, Columbus painter says

"My 2,200-square-foot house has a horrible texture coat all over it (with vertical strips of wood throughout as part of the design). I had planned on stuccoing over it; however, the bids I've gotten so far are extremely high. So, now I'm thinking about trying to have the texture coat removed (and the vertical strips of wood removed) and then painting the house. However, I can't seem to find anyone to remove the texture coat. One contractor said it couldn't be sandblasted because that would damage the underlying wood. Help!" — Angie's List member Susan Riess

"It sounds like her house is Tudor style," says Nathan Pratt, owner of highly rated Prim Painting Ltd. of Powell, Ohio, which also services Columbus, Ohio. "I have seen many people that are unhappy with the [Tudor] look and re-stucco the entire house, including the wood boards. This will achieve a great look and eliminate the Tudor look."

Since Riess' home was built in 1950, Pratt says she should hire a licensed painter, who is certified by the EPA to work with lead-based paint, to patch up and repaint soffits and other exterior areas of her house, depending on the condition of the remaining wood trim.

"She could also look into vinyl or wood siding as another option," Pratt says. "The great thing about stucco and/or vinyl siding is that they are both maintenance free, and stucco can be done in any color she wants."

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