What Are the Signs that Your Home Needs a Stucco Repair Job?

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With its durability and its fantastic looks, stucco is fast becoming one of the most popular siding materials around. While vinyl siding is still greatly considered to be the best, many homeowners are upgrading to stucco for its various benefits, not to mention its splendid visual appeal. It’s not hard to see why people love stucco: It’s relatively cheap in comparison to stone or brick siding, and it offers just as good a finish. Plus, it can last for up to 50 years with proper care and maintenance.

Despite these features, the fact remains that stucco is a porous material. Once water penetrates the surface, it cannot be trapped. There are various types of stucco damage worthy of your attention. Spotting it sooner rather than later is preferable, if you want to avoid a large bill for repairs.

Water Damage

Water damage isn’t as easy to spot as a big crack or a gouge in the wall. That said, there are several things you can watch for to know when your stucco needs repair. The first signs to look for are brown streaks or stains under the corners of your windows, or at the intersection of the roof and walls. You may also detect the odor of mold in your house or a damp or wet carpet. Other signs include a discoloration at the base of your windows and leaks in your windows or doors.

When you contact a professional to repair the water-damaged stucco you can expect them to remove the affected area, apply a scratch coat, and ensue the complete repair of the stucco.

Cosmetic Issues

Stucco is a siding material that can last for decades, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be subject to occasional cosmetic damage. Over time, you might see the occasional small cracks or a bit of loose stucco.

Common causes of damage to stucco include weather, heat and animals such as squirrels and insects. If you live in an area with a high wildlife population you may find unwelcome guests using your home as a nest or storage area, and rough weather such as high winds or hail can cause fading and chipping.

This type of damage isn’t a problem, though; the repairs may be as easy as removing the affected area and redoing the stucco. Depending on its size or severity, Issues like cracks should be a simple matter of applying a joint compound to make it look like new.

Poor Stucco Installation

The final issue demanding your vigilance concerns incorrectly installed stucco siding. If this is the case, your immediate attention is required.

Cracks on the foam trim is a red flag that installation hasn’t been completed properly. This shows that two pieces should meet, but the seam hasn’t been properly connected. This type of crack can’t be fixed with a traditional joint compound, as any expansion and contraction due to heating and cooling will cause it to crack again. If you notice cracks on your stucco’s foam trim, it’s likely that a major repair job is required.

If you see spider-cracking in your stucco, this suggests the base coat didn’t cure properly during installation. Whether hindered by bad weather or an improper mixture of stucco, it’s a problem that you need to address straight away. The affected area will require a complete reapplication.

If there are cracks running in horizontal or vertical lines across your stucco, then the lath may not have been properly secured. In this case, the stucco needs to be removed and the lath secured as it should have been, before a new layer of stucco is applied.

Never try repairing your siding yourself if you suspect there is cracking or damage to your stucco. Instead, contact a reputable stucco repair company for a full assessment of the issues and recommendation for repair.

Source:

Common Problems with Stucco Homes, AngiesList.com

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