stucco siding for mounting a hose reel

How do you mount a hose reel to stucco siding?

If you have a garden hose that you use frequently, you may want to consider mounting a hose reel to your home’s exterior for easy access and storage. However, if your home has stucco siding, the process of mounting a hose reel can be a bit tricky. Stucco is a durable material, but it requires special care when drilling holes to avoid damaging the siding. In this post, we will discuss the steps you need to take to mount a hose reel to stucco siding safely and securely. We’ll also provide some tips and tricks to make the process easier and more efficient. 

Stucco siding is made from a mix of lime, sand, and cement. It is durable and will last anywhere between 50 to 80 years according to the manufacturer’s indications. If you have a stucco finish on your house, you should know that mounting a hose reel to stucco siding is possible. But you need to be more careful in terms of the drilling pressure and the hardware that we use, to avoid cracking the stucco layer. 

If you are searching for a step-by-step guide to mounting your hose reel onto stucco, in this post we will cover this process. 

What tools you will need for mounting your hose reel to stucco?


Depending on the hose reel model and functionalities, you might need all or just some of the below installation tools. The manufacturer usually mentions in the user guide what type of tools you will need when installing that specific hose reel.    

To mount a hose reel onto stucco you will usually need:

  • Phillips screwdriver or an electric drill 
  • Adjustable Socket Wrench
  • Stud Finder
  • Spirit level tool
  • Pencil or a piece of chalk


What hardware and anchors to use in stucco?

When installing a hose reel or any other item on stucco, it’s important to use the correct hardware and anchors to ensure that the item is properly secured. Here are some options for hardware and anchors that are suitable for use with stucco:

Masonry screws: These screws are specifically designed for use with masonry surfaces, including stucco. They have a fluted shank that helps to grip the stucco and provides a secure hold. The screws can be used with or without anchors, depending on the weight of the item being installed.

Plastic anchors: Plastic anchors are commonly used with masonry screws to provide additional support. They are lightweight and easy to install, and they expand inside the hole to create a tight fit.

Metal anchors: Metal anchors are also suitable for use with stucco, and they can provide a stronger hold than plastic anchors. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and they are typically used with screws.

When selecting hardware and anchors, it’s important to choose the right size and weight capacity for the item being installed. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for installation and use caution when drilling into stucco to avoid damaging the surface.  
Manufacturers usually include all or some of the installation hardware in the hose reel package. However, to make sure the installation of the hose reel will hold for a long period, it is better to purchase good-quality hardware separately and use it for the reel mounting. 
Stucco is the exterior finish layer and therefore it is applied either to a concrete wall, wood wall, or wood or metal lath. So you would need to use the proper anchors and screws that work with the specific type of material that stands behind the stucco finish. 

Note: It’s important to use the correct type and size of screws and anchors for the weight of your hose reel and the stucco surface. If you’re unsure about which screws or anchors to use, consult with a hardware store professional or a professional installer.


How to install a hose reel to stucco in simple steps

Installing a hose reel to stucco is a fairly simple process that can be done in a few steps. Here’s a general guide on how to do it:

  1. Choose the location: Determine where you want to install the hose reel. Make sure you choose a spot that is easily accessible and close to your water source.


  2. Mark the spot: Use a pencil to mark the spot where you want to install the hose reel. Make sure it is level and at a comfortable height.


  3. Drill the holes: Use a masonry bit to drill holes into the stucco where you marked. The size of the bit will depend on the size of the screws you plan to use to attach the hose reel.


  4. Insert the anchors: Insert plastic or metal anchors into the holes you drilled. The anchors will help secure the screws in place.


  5. Screw in the hose reel: Using the appropriate screws and a drill, screw the hose reel onto the stucco. Make sure it is secure and level.


  6. Connect the hose: Once the hose reel is securely attached to the stucco, connect your garden hose to the reel and test it to make sure it works properly.