If your home is concrete block, the stucco goes on wet and dries like regular concrete. If your home is wood-framed, there are a few extra steps that make a big difference.
You see, with a concrete block home, the stucco can easily adhere to the porous surface of your concrete blocks. But, with a wood-framed home, an underlayment is nailed to the wood framing. Then, a metal lathe, or metal netting, is then placed over the underlayment. The metal lathe is what adheres the stucco to your wood-framed home.
Why does this matter?
If stucco cracks on a concrete block home, water can enter through those cracks and the cement soaks up the water just like a driveway or sidewalk. Then, you have the potential for water intrusion in your home.
In the case of a wood-framed home, water can enter those cracks which rust the metal lathe, and when the metal rusts, it expands so it can pop stucco off your home. Not to mention, continuous water entry through stucco cracks can find its way through the underlayment and rot out a wood-framed home. If stucco is popping off your home, the stucco will need to be removed and replaced by a licensed professional, like CDP Stucco.
Ultimately, with that understanding, you can see how stucco cracks can lead to further damage if not repaired. But, that still leaves the question… when should you be concerned and how do you repair the stucco?
Cracked Brick and Stucco Repair from CDP Stucco
CDP Stucco has repaired cracked stucco for homeowners throughout Florida. If you are unsure if the cracks indicate foundation failure, a representative from CDP Stucco can provide an inspection to give you back peace of mind.
Contact us today for an inspection of your cracked stucco repair! If you are interested in Stucco Installation or Stucco Repair, call the experts at CDP Stucco now at 850-259-2283