Stucco costs

Applying stucco in your home ensures that particularly rough walls and ceilings have a beautiful, smooth finish. Walls with a beautiful finish are the perfect basis for any interior. Do you also want to get the most out of your home and want to opt for stucco? We will be happy to tell you which prices you should consider.

How much does stucco cost?

Before you can get a good idea of the exact cost of stucco, it is important to know that there are several possibilities. We’ve listed the different types of stucco by means in the table below.

Service Average cost (per 11 square foot, incl. material & wages)
Spack spraying Between 7 & 13 dollar
Stucco ready for wallpaper Between 8 & 15 dollar
Stucco ready for paint Between 9 & 24 dollar
Plaster Between 12 & 24 dollar
Ceiling stucco Between 7 & 24 dollar

Cheapest option: Do you have a space in your home that you don’t use very often, but still want to give it a nice finish? In that case, you can choose to use spack spraying. This type of spraying is a very inexpensive way of stuccoing, while the end result is pretty neat. For stuccoing an area of 1077 square foot this will cost about 800 to 870 dollars.

Medium option: Would you like to have a strong and even wall that is suitable for paints? In that case, you can have stucco applied which is ready to be painted. For the realization of such a project with an area of 1077 square foot, this will cost about 1,650 dollars.

Most luxurious option: A decorative stucco gives your wall a special effect because of the special grain structure it has. An area of about 1077 square foot will cost about 1,900 dollars.

The price structure of stucco

If we look at the price structure of stucco, we see that it consists of two parts. Labor costs are by far the largest, accounting for 65% of the total cost. The material only accounts for 35% of the total price. Because the labor costs are so high, it is very easy for people who are thinking of having stucco done to save some money. By carefully comparing the quotations from different companies, it is immediately clear who charges the cheapest hourly rate and with whom you’ll be able to save the most.

Price structure for stucco

Choices influencing the price of stucco

The costs that you have to take into account for the realization of stucco work are influenced by various factors. We would like to list these choices for you.

Choice 1: The type of stucco

There are three different types of stucco on the market today. The type of stucco has some influence on the price tag that you have to take into account.

Spack spraying: As mentioned earlier on this page, the most advantageous way to have stucco applied is to use the so-called spack spraying. This has everything to do with the fact that it is not applied manually, but mechanically. The price is between 7 and 13 dollar per 11 square foot. An important part of the price difference is determined on the basis of the color that is used for the spack spraying. This is because it has a white basic color, but you can also use other colors. If you would any other color than white, you should apply this during the stuccowork. If the other color has to be applied afterwards, it’ll always cost you extra. Plasterers will usually charge a surcharge of about 2 dollars per 11 square foot.

Plastering ready for wallpaper and ready for paint: There is always some price difference between ready-for-wallpaper and ready-for-paint plaster. From experience we know that ready-for-wallpaper turns out to be considerably cheaper than ready-for-paint. The latter requires much more effort and therefore more time for the plasterer. In the case of paint-ready stucco, the finish has a smooth and even look. This makes it particularly suitable for painting. Ready-for-wallpaper is usually coarser. This allows for easier application of the wallpaper or a decorative plaster. Please note that ready-for-wallpaper is not suitable for painting. Because of the rougher structure, the paint will not be able to adhere sufficiently to the surface.

Ornamental plaster: The third possibility is a so-called decorative plaster. This is a very popular form of plaster now, partly because it gives a special structure to your wall. Ornamental plasters are made of plastic, which ensures that they are impact-resistant and weather-resistant. This allows it to be used not only indoors, but outdoors as well. There are different types of decorative plasters, but spatula is generally the most popular. This type of decorative plaster has a grain structure of 0.039 to 0.10 inch. As a client, you can choose whether you prefer a fine or coarse structure. Another possibility is the so-called rustic plaster. This baroque plaster has a grain thickness of 0.06 to 0.07 inch and is characterized by the presence of clay grooves. Are you looking for the most coarse decorative plaster? Granol is what you’re looking for. It has grooves that vary in depth between 0.12 and 0.16 inch.

Choice 2: Outsourcing stucco or not?

Would you like to save on the cost price of your stucco by carrying out the work yourself? In that case, you need to take the following three things into account:

At first sight, plastering may seem simple, but in practice this is often not the case. Not only do you need to have the necessary experience, but also the specific, high-quality equipment to ensure that your stucco will look as good as possible.

If you have no experience, stucco is a very time-consuming project. By applying the stucco yourself you can save money, but you will have to invest a lot of time in it. In addition, working less efficiently can cause the applied stucco to dry up too quickly. This increases the risk of unevenness in the wall.

Finally, always keep in mind that stucco is quite heavy work physically. People who are not used to this need to consider this.

The above kind of gives it away, do you want to be able to count on real quality stucco that is applied in the most optimal way? Then calling on a specialist for the application of the stucco is basically a must!

Choice 3: The surface to be plastered

The price of the stucco is also determined by the type of surface to be plastered. For example, it is always more expensive to plaster a ceiling than it is to plaster an ordinary wall or one that is easily accessible and does not have too many corners. All these factors influence the price. For the preparation of a ceiling to have it paint ready, an average price of 24 to 25 dollar per 11 square foot should be taken into account, whereas for an ordinary wall this is about 9 to 10 dollar per 11 square foot.

Choice 4: Additional options

Finally, you can choose to make use of one or more additional options. These options are not always necessary, but they can be an interesting added value for your project.

Service Average cost price When
Sanding Between 15 & 25 dollars per 110 square foot Are you looking for a way to create a beautiful shadow effect on your ceiling? That’s when you could opt for Sanding. The plasterer will apply a sandy layer to the ceiling by means of a sanding pad and rotating movements.
Extra layer for smoother walls Between 15 & 30 dollars per 11 square foot Do you have walls or ceilings that have a too rough structure? In that case you can choose to have gypsum mortar applied. You can perfectly use it as a basis for other types of stucco. For the application of a ragged layer, a thickness of between 0.24 and 0.31 inch must be taken into account.
Starting rate Between 300 & 340 dollars charged for very small projects. Be sure to discuss this with your plasterer.

Finding an affordable plasterer?

In conclusion, we advise to have a plaster company do your stucco. By comparing several quotations from local plastering companies, you can save up to 30% on costs. You can request and compare up to 6 quotations from local plasterers in one go via our website. All for free and without obligation. Click on the button, fill in your details and receive up to 6 offers without obligation!