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Stucco Repair and Maintenance: How to Prevent Problems and Cracks

Stucco is a great way to add curb appeal and beauty to the outside of your home. Stucco is a mixture composed of cement and sand that is commonly used on homes located in humid climates. This durable material can withstand moisture overtime where other materials would experience mold and rot. Stucco can be applied to almost any existing material suck as brick, block or a concrete wall. It is also fireproof and doesn't require allot of maintenance but is susceptible to cracks as weather climates change. However, if correctly installed you can minimize cracking and future problems.
  • Install a gap between two stucco areas, also known as a control joint, to prevent cracks from spreading over a large area.
  • Apply stucco install casing beads to act as a barrier between dissimilar materials.
  • Reinforce the corners of two stucco walls with corner beads to relieving stress on the stucco.
  • Keep water draining away from your stucco home with weep screeds that are installed approximately 8 inches above foundation.
  • Install soffit drip screeds to keep water that runs down the exterior of home from returning to the soffit and creating moisture damage.

When properly installed stucco is easy to maintain and can last more than 100 years. We suggest cleaning the stucco with a garden hose from the bottom of the surface to the top. Pressure washing is usually not necessary and if not done properly can damage the stucco.

Multiple methods can be used to repair stucco. Mainly the process includes removing the damaged or cracked area, applying multiple layers of stucco and adding a finish coat. If the cracks or walls are extremely damaged you should hire a professional to repair them.