Stucco is an attractive option for many homeowners. Its combination of low cost, lasting durability, and fire resistance makes it pretty appealing to homeowners. Plus, stucco can bring an interesting textured look to any home and it’s extremely customizable. While low maintenance is another hallmark of this type of siding, it does require some tender loving care to keep it lasting a lifetime. Cracking, crumbling, mildew, and water seepage are all possibilities if stucco surfaces are not well maintained.
Here are our suggestions to keep stucco home looking great without unsightly damage or escalating repair costs:
An Annual Check-up for Your Home”
Stucco has been used to build homes for more than 1,000 years, but yours won’t last long if you ignore signs of damage or weakening. At least once a year, you should carefully inspect your stucco for blistering, bulging, cracking, or crumbling. Despite its durability, stucco is still susceptible to damage from hail and flying debris. So, we recommend that you check it after major storms or high winds. Take care when moving lawn furniture, gardening equipment, or any large/sharp objects to avoid hitting your stucco walls. Additionally, always mow your lawn with the discharge chute facing away from the house. This prevents stones, acorns or other flying objects from chipping the stucco. If small cracks or crumbles develop, repair them immediately with a high-quality masonry caulk to avoid mildew growth or water seepage.
Keep the Stucco Clean
Washing should be at the top of your to-do list when it comes to maintaining your stucco home. During your annual inspection, keep an eye out for stains or dark spots. Stucco’s porous nature attracts dirt, mold, and mildew—which can grow in small cracks. For simple dirt stains, it can be as easy as spraying the walls with your garden hose. If that doesn’t work, try using dish detergent and hot water, but be careful to scrub gently to avoid damaging the surface. For mold and mildew, lightly scrub using a solution of one-part bleach to ten parts water. Sometimes a more thorough washing is in order, in which case power washing makes more sense. Don’t attempt to power wash stucco on your own! This surface requires a seasoned and gentle touch to avoid potential damage.
Seal Exterior Surfaces
Stucco has a lot of advantages, but it’s not as effective against water damage as some other materials. Long periods of heavy rain can leave the structure oversaturated and unable to dry, which could eventually lead to rot. Instead of drowning in repair and replacement costs, you can protect your stucco from potential water damage by applying a clear silicone sealant every four to five years. Pay special attention to areas around doors and windows, then touch up your caulking in these spots every few years.
Your stucco home can stick with you for a lifetime if you treat it right!
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