Prevent Moisture Penetration in Stucco
Any area of the stucco left unsealed will allow in moisture. As a result, every surface area with an interruption in the stucco must have caulk. The caulk seals out moisture by filling in gaps. Even the smallest gap can create a path for moisture to seep under the stucco. Common areas of penetration include:
* Examples for transitions of dissimilar materials include areas between stucco and stone, stucco and siding, stucco and wood, stucco and metal, etc.
Stucco Caulk Works Against Water Intrusion
Windows, doors, and penetrations are the most common sources of water intrusion in stucco buildings. A failure to caulk or maintain caulk around the perimeter of windows, doorframes, and penetrations most frequently allows for stucco moisture damage.
Caulk not applied thick enough or on a home with shifting, settling, and movement can result in caulking failure which also leads to moisture damage. Additionally, the use of improper sealants shortens the life span of the protective barrier. To avoid unwanted water damage, work with an experienced and reputable stucco company, like CDP STUCCO
Even with the use of a proper sealant, the usual life span of water protection runs between 3 to 5 years depending on type and quality of the sealant. To avoid water damage, inspect sealed areas annually. Schedule prompt repairs for any compromised areas.
CDP STUCCO Uses Top Quality Stucco Caulk for Installations and Repairs
The right products and materials matter for stucco installations and repairs. Otherwise, you risk moisture damage. CDP STUCCO uses sealants and caulks specially designed for stucco application. We typically use BASF MasterSeal NP 100 and NP 150.
When comparing estimates please note the specific materials listed in the estimate. If the quote includes sub-standard sealants or products not designed specifically for stucco, the quote may be lower. However, the quality of the job will suffer. Quality sealants come with legitimate costs.
At CDP STUCCO, we do not cut corners, like using the wrong sealants or skimping on product. Our priority is to do the job right for lasting results. We want your project to not only look beautiful but also have the protection necessary to avoid moisture damage.
The Best Process for Stucco Caulk Application
We use the best practices for stucco caulk application to ensure protection against water intrusion. We apply the caulk using tape on both sides for neat lines. The only exception is when the surface texture doesn’t allow the tape to adhere.
We also use two lines of caulk to fill voids. With the first line application, we do the work by hand to insure the caulk goes in accurately to fill the gap. We then apply a second line to insure it’s filled with a clean and finished appearance.
Many stucco installers do not use tape which results in a messy final look. Also, most companies skimp on caulk and only use one line to save on costs. Unfortunately, this causes the caulk to wear away faster. Additionally, stucco may have compromised areas where water can get through because the stucco seal isn’t adequate. We not only want your stucco to work well, we want it to look great.
Stucco Caulk Northwest Florida
Stucco offers a solid exterior option for both homes and businesses in the Northwest Florida area. The durability and aesthetic appeal of stucco align well with both the design style and the harsh Northwest Florida weather.
If you need repairs for improper stucco installation, moisture damage, or other damage, CDP STUCCO has a strong reputation for excellence. In fact, we often receive referrals from Northwest Florida area real estate agents, stucco inspectors, and home inspectors because of our reputation for doing quality work with quality materials.
Trust CDP STUCCO for Superior Stucco Service
CDP STUCCO serves both residential and commercial clients in Northwest Florida and the surrounding areas with superior stucco installations and repairs. We have the training and experience to understand the details required for proper stucco installation, like using stucco caulk to seal against moisture damage.