stucco vs hardiplank???
The hardiplank siding holds up great and paint jobs hold up good. Just be sure to spcifiy an acrylic primer and either a satin or semi-gloss topcoat as this does better than 2 coats of finish paint. You also don't have the moisture problems that you would have with the synthetic stucco.
some artificial Stucco has also had installation problems where water has gotten behind the stucco and caused rot of the house itself.
[This message has been edited by LDoyle (edited March 17, 2003).]