Remove texture coat with a cost-saving alternative

Remove texture coat with a cost-saving alternative

"My 2,200-square-foot house has a horrible texture coat all over it. Bids for stuccoing over it are extremely high. I'm thinking about having the texture coat removed, and then painting the house. However, I can't seem to find anyone to remove the texture coat. Help!" — Angie's List member Susan Riess

Sanding off the texture coat can be very labor intensive, which can drive up costs, says Nick Rakel, owner of highly rated Revolution Remodeling in Hamilton, Ohio.

"And switching to stucco would not be an option I would recommend. There are very few reputable contractors who do it," he says.

Homeowners also need to be aware of the new EPA lead-safety guidelines, he says, which regulate how paint and other materials are removed from homes built before 1978.

"My recommendation would be to cover it up," Rakel says, by installing premium vinyl siding that is more energy efficient and requires less maintenance. "Vinyl siding has come a long way," he says. "If you go with something more premium, such as true cedar, it would be less costly than stucco."

Paul Sanner, owner of highly rated PTS Construction in Cincinnati, says using crushed walnut shells or glass beads to remove the texture is a good alternative option to sandblasting because neither is as destructive as sand.

"I'm doing that [walnut shells] on my home right now," he says. "It doesn't destroy the wood. It's the same process, you're just using a different material to sandblast to get the texture off."

If the homeowner decides to cover the wall with siding, Sanner says, his preference would be cement board, followed by paint. "It won't rot and it will last forever," he says. "If it's prepainted, all you have to do is touch it up."

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