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Stucco over exterior brick?

mobilemejen | Posted in Energy Efficiency and Durability on

In looking to update the look of my brick home (1938), and work towards a highly energy efficient home, I would like to explore options to cover the existing brick. I’m in North Texas, and really like the look of the traditional Mexican stucco homes/Spanish/Mediterranean. Do I need to take the brick off and start fresh or is there an application to cover the existing brick and does it add to the energy envelope? Resources, suggestions, and opinions welcome and wanted.
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    Akos | | #1

    For improving energy efficiency with brick houses, you can't beat EIFS. Thicker foam for it is usually a small upcharge, you are in warm enough climate that 1.5" base (R 7.5) would probably do. My folks had their 50's all brick bungallow insulated with EIFS about 20 years ago, zero maintenance, big difference in their heating bills.

    If you are not looking to insulate, there is also nothing wrong with putting standard 3 coat directly over brick, it is done all the time.

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