Depend Exteriors – Basics
Stucco can be a great way to bring a dull or outdated home back to life and improve its curb appeal. It provides a beautiful contrast to wood, stone, brick, or concrete and gives the house added durability. Unfortunately, as with any material used in home construction and maintenance, stucco repair can also be costly and difficult. But with these quick and simple techniques, you can refresh your home’s exterior without a lot of hassle.You may want to check out Depend Exteriors for more.
Repairing damaged stucco areas usually involves removing old stucco, vacuuming, scraping, and painting the exposed stucco surface. Areas of loose stucco which have fallen off or simply loosened completely need to be repaired by a full restoration procedure of replacing the loose material, securing new building materials, and applying a coat of new stucco repair compound. Alternately, if the stucco board itself is 3/4 inch or less, you might be able to use just a piece of decorative or baseboard trim to cover up the loose area. Then, while holding the damaged area in place with a pry bar, apply three coats of stucco repair compound and allow it to dry thoroughly before moving on to working on the next section of the board.
Other times, you might find that the stucco has cracked because of damage caused by water, such as when it has splashed onto the outside of the house and caused a few small holes. In this case, the first step is to fix the moisture problem by sealing the small holes with metal lath and grout, then filling them with stucco or tar paper. Move the pieces around until you are left with an even surface. Finally, apply another coat of stucco or tar paper to the exposed areas to finish out the repair. When your home’s stucco repairs are complete, be sure to apply exterior caulk around the repaired section and on adjoining walls to prevent rain from finding its way into the house again.