STUCCO 101- What to do with cracked stucco
A common material used for the siding of homes and buildings, stucco is made of aggregates, a binder, and water. It's applied wet and hardens to a very dense solid.
Stucco siding sure is beautiful but it has it's cons. Have you have ever noticed when your stucco gets wet it turns a darker color? This is because the stucco siding is porous and can absorb water and moisture.
Over time, settlement, and weathering, stucco can split and crack. Sometimes these cracks are very thin and can hardly be noticed with the human eye. These cracks are called "hairline" cracks.
Rain water and moisture can get trapped inside these hairline cracks. At low temperatures the water in the cracks will freeze and expand causing the cracks to grow larger and become more of a concern.
How does a home or business owner resolve stucco issues?
The answer is Elastomeric Coatings. Elastomeric products are a super thick and durable paint that contracts and expands with the surface and also is breathable. It's tough as nails and 100% water proof! It cost the same as regular exterior paint but have twice the viscosity so it has half the coverage. So you will need more paint for your project but the payoff is well worth it.
The best time to coat your homes stucco or other masonry surfaces in this armor coating is in the fall when the temperatures are just right and not too hot. Maintaining cracks and preventing new ones is best performed before freezing temperatures occur to prevent extra damage over the winter.
If you have any stucco surfaces on your home or business structures and notice blemishes, cracks, chips, stains, rust, or anything of concern give us a call or click today!
We can patch, repair, and seal stucco surfaces so you won't have to worry about them for years.
All of our work comes with a 1 year warranty and is 100% guaranteed.
Thanks for learning about stucco maintenance.
From 9/15 to 10/15 we are honoring 10% off all stucco estimates!
After that it gets too cold to apply.
609 222 4935