EIFS / Stucco Colours & Textures

To help you determine which colours would best suit your stucco toronto home project, we've provided digital copies of the colour charts from the two major suppliers in Toronto/GTA. While Durabond and Durock are the two primary suppliers, your contractor may have have another supplier with a comparable selection of stucco colors.

Would you like a free in-person consultation from one of our professional stucco contractors? Request a quote from the form on the right to have a contractor go over your options and what would work best on your home.

NOTE: Stucco Colors on the screen will be different than appearance on the wall because of how a computer interprets colours, lighting, shadows and textures. Always request a sample from your contractor before making your final stucco colour decision. Your exterior insulation finish systems contractor can not be held responsible for a colour you seleted on your computer screen not being what you expected once applied to your walls.

Durock

Located in Vaughan (just North of Toronto), Durock has a proprietary EIFS system that is sought after by some architects. Similar in quality to Durabond, Durock is the preferred supplier for some contractors. Durock's exterior colour selection represents the most commonly used shades of varying colours and typically have the fastest order turn around times. Custom colours can also be done through your contractor or by contacting them directly if you have a specific sample that you would like matched.

Durabond

Located closer to the city center, many residential contractors prefer this supplier because of convenience. Similar in quality to Durock, Durabond has been manufacturing EIFS for over 3 decades and seems to be the most popular among residential contractors. Durabond's exterior wall selection offer a variety of standard colours to choose from, and custom colour matching can be done by request.

Tips

When deciding on the colour of your home, surroundings play an important role. Do your neighbours' homes vary in colour? Are they all earth tones, or vibrant eye catching colours? Would a modern grey colour be out of place in a victorian-style neighbourhood? A reddish colour may blend well in a red-brick neighbourhood. Beige and Light-Brown are usually safe bets as far as stucco goes. By carefully selecting a contrasting colour for the walls of your home, you can make it really stand out in the mind of family, friends and future home-buyers - or potentially turn them away.

Next, take a look at the surroundings of your home. Your property (including bushes/trees/landscaping, fence, how visible the sky is, neighbouring homes) can clash with certain colours. If you have lots of pine trees around your home, a vibrant red may not be the best choice unless you want your home looking like Christmas year-round.

Lighting will also play a role in how the final colour will look. As the sun moves across the sky, shadows will be cast, and certain walls will be lit by natural sunlight. Trees that overhang the home will cast shadows and create sporadic spots of light. Generally, a light colour will reflect light and make it more prominent while a dark colour will tend to blend light and shadows together better, as well as into it's surroundings.

Most manufacturers lay their colours out in sets of 3, giving you complimentary colour choices that go well with the main. You can really make a trim stand out by selecting the first colour for the wall and skip the middle (going directly to the third colour) for the trim. You can also be a little more subtle by selecting the middle colour for the wall, and one of the sides (either darker or lighter depending on taste) for your trim. As a (general) personal preference, our taste goes towards the contrasting colours, where the trim is darker than the home itself. We find the light colours brighten up the feel of a home, while the darker shade of trim add richness and warmth. Rarely, a third colour is chosen for a small section of the walls but needs to be very carefully planned out so as to not look disorganized.

Stucco Textures

Standard textures on a home are Marble Coat 1.5 or 1.8 by Durabond, and Pebble Rock or Marble Coat by Durock. These larger-bead textures help to hide minor imperfections, and typically get better square-feet covered per pail, making it more economical.

Other Manufacturers

There are of course, other manufacturers outside the Greater Toronto Area who supply EIFS to residential contractors. The most popular companies consist of Dryvit, Sto, Senergy, Akrilon and Plaston. Most of these manufacturers have locations outside the GTA (from Pickering, to Barrie and Burlington) but not the same presence and Durabond and Durock. All of the mentioned manufacturers have testing and are acceptable substitutes for the two primary manufacturers located within the GTA. It's usually best to go with the system specified by the actual stucco contrator.

Question and Answer

What colour stucco goes with red brick?

Durock and Durabond both have different shades of red in their colour charts that go well together. Your best bet is to take a physical copy of the colour chart and hold it up against the wall so that you can get a good idea of what it looks like in contrast to the wall.

A light beige is a very common colour to contrast with red brick. It is a "neutral" colour, not eliciting any strong neutral connections or strong emotional associations. Red brick is a fairly common site, and can almost be considered "neutral".

What are the most popular stucco colours?

By far the most popular colours are the earthy beige and brown colours. Beige colours are unobtrusive, calming, and go well with most other colours. Find out more about Beige Colour Theory. These are found on the first page of the Durabond catalog and the second page of the Durock catalog.