Essentially, a wall coating that is similar to plaster, stucco applications cover the exterior frame of any structure. Each stucco coat is a combination of multiple ingredients, including Portland cement, hydrated lime, water, fiber (for strength), polymers (for flexibility) and fine builder’s sand. Professional stucco inspectors believe that with the right care and maintenance, stucco as a cladding can far outlast many other siding products.

Whether your home has traditional stucco, or synthetic stucco, also called EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems), here are some of its advantages:

  • Durability: Resistant to rot, mold, termites, impact and fire. Based on the local climate conditions, stucco finishes can last an entire century!
  • Sound Resistance: Stucco siding buffers the sound coming from outside your home, which can be a major advantage, especially if you live in a busy neighborhood.
  • Color and Texture: With long-lasting pigments blended into stucco finishes, your home will look new and beautiful for a long time. You don’t have to worry about exterior repainting every few years; a major cost-saving in home renovations. Moreover, you can opt for a variety of stucco textures to add character and uniqueness to your home.
  • Easy Maintenance: Although you need timely maintenance to increase the durability of your stucco siding, the process by itself is fairly simple. You can Do-It-Yourself (DIY) if you are enthusiastic about home maintenance tasks.
    • Inspect your stucco finish every once in a while.
    • Clean the surface with a hosepipe (avoid pressure washers as they could damage the stucco).
    • Fill any cracks or holes with masonry-compatible caulking.

A few challenges with stucco for your home’s exterior:

  • Porosity: Without proper and periodic maintenance, stucco homes are prone to water retention, which can cause water damage issues, one of the main reasons that people pass on stucco properties. However, with timely care, your stucco siding will remain in excellent condition for several years.
  • Lack of Resilience: The stucco on very old homes used to be inflexible and prone to cracking, especially in regions that experience soil-shifts. However, in recent years, the addition of polymers to the stucco mix makes it strong and flexible, and less likely to crack, even if the home’s foundation settles during a soil shift.

While stucco has its pros and cons, don’t worry if your home has this material on the outside. Instead of tearing it down, consider restoring it with the help of exterior refinishing professionals at CDP 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