Understanding stucco prices:
Material costs: All forms of stucco, to be properly applied, require that the applicator follow a system specific to the desired finish. Within the system there are fixed prices for materials that are generally predictable, but not always. Increases in material costs can occur from 1-4 times a year. Increases usually run 5%-10% and you usually get 3-6 months of warning. In October 2016 the drywall industry got hit by a 160% increase with only a weeks warning. After the panic was over it settled at 60%. When a job is quoted, when it is accepted and when work actually begins can all have an impact. It has never impacted any of my previous customers for work under $30,000 however.
Labour costs: When calculating labour costs during the quoting process a contractor has to take into account worksite conditions effecting safety, such as height, terrain, location and time of year. Complexity of the architectural design due to an abundance of corners and custom profiles can have a staggering impact, as well as the individual strengths and weaknesses of the staff. Coupled with ever increasing labour costs in general it can be a challenge targeting a price that is both acceptable to the client and contractor. Due to my conscientious approach in creating a safe work environment and strong quality control measures I do find that my pricing is generally slightly North of the median pricing.
How to measure a structure: When measuring a structure for purposes of pricing the exterior cladding you must measure the exterior wall surface to get the square footage, (the interior square footage will provide only the barest understanding of scope of work to a contractor). As windows and doors require so much attention their area is not removed, (with the exception of garage doors or window walls).
Keeping in mind the previous paragraphs and that there are variations in the 3 systems specified within this web site that will affect pricing, up or down, you can expect my price range for larger projects, (over $5,000) to be:
- California stucco to range from $7 to $9 per square foot.
- Acrylic stucco to range from $11.50 to $14 per square foot.
- EIFS acrylic to range from $12 to $15 per square foot.
These prices are based upon performance that meets the B.C. Wall & Ceiling Association recommendations, federal code compliance, and specific system manufactures specifications as provided by Sto, Dryvit, Akrilon and others.
Smaller jobs, (under $5,000), may not fall under the same guidelines I use to quote larger jobs and the per foot cost could be significantly higher. A minimum charge may also apply.
Stone pricing has to deal with all the same variables as stucco and can range in price from $35 a sq. foot to over $80.