My wife and I are looking at an older home. Beautiful place but the outside of the house is stucco, much of which is coming loose. I like the looks of the stucco, but I have had a few guys tell me stucco does not hold up in this climate. Is this true, and do you think I would be better off to remove the loose stucco and just side it? Any thoughts appreciated. If I do decide to side it do I have to put furring strips or do you think I will have to remove all the stucco and start from scratch?