When stucco is properly installed, it will basically last forever. When cracks appear though, you should never wait to repair them. If you wait too long, they will expand. To complete a stucco repair that will last, the conditions need to be just right. Don't repair stucco in the rain, in freezing weather, or in hot, windy weather that will strip the stucco before it even dries. Here is a step by step guide to repairing the stucco on your home.
- Remove Damaged Stucco: Before you start the repair, you have to remove the damaged pieces. The easiest way to do this is by using a chisel and hammer to chisel away the broken pieces. And don't forget eye protection for this step.
- Mix the Stucco: Go ahead and mix the stucco according to the package directions. If you choose to try and match the exact color of your current stucco, now is the time to do it. You can buy pigment, mix it in with the stucco small amounts at a time, apply the stucco to a piece of cardboard, and let it dry. Hold the cardboard up to your house and compare color. Continue to add more pigment to your mix until you get the right color. Just note that despite all efforts, sometimes the color still doesn't come out the exact shade you want, so you may end up putting a coat of pigment over the whole area to get it to match. If you want to, you can skip mixing the pigment in and just wait until you're done to apply the coat, which is also an option.
- Apply the Stucco: For this step, you simply lather on a thick layer of stucco, adding more layers until it is just above the level of the surrounding stucco. Use a trowel to smooth it over and make it level with the rest of the house. If your current stucco has designs, you can use your trowel to make the same designs on your new stucco.
- Cover: When you're done applying the stucco, cover the area with a big piece of plastic to protect it until it dries. If you plan on applying a coat of paint or pigment, wait at least a week to ensure it is fully ready.
Applying new stucco to your house doesn't have to be a ton of work. If you are prepared with all of the necessary tools and the weather is right, it shouldn't take more than a day or two to patch any cracks or holes your stucco might have.
For more information, contact Advanced Wall Systems Inc. or a similar company.