Stucco Maintenance and Stucco Care in Houston
Are you unsure how to maintain your stucco home? Are you starting to notice mildew creeping up the wall? Did you notice a crack in your stucco siding? Don’t be overwhelmed–these are all important questions to ask when caring for your stucco system.
- When, where, and why to install sealants and maintain them
- How to care for your newly installed exterior balcony and terrace
- What to do when mildew attacks your stucco siding
- Why power washing stucco is a bad idea
- When are cracks in stucco something that requires attention?
When are cracks in stucco something that requires attention?
Cracking in your stucco exterior is a perfectly normal occurrence. We live in a climate that will cause your home to expand and contract as we move through temperature changes. Cracking occurs due to a few reasons: structural movement, water intrusion or a product that was not allowed to achieve maximum hardness when the stucco was applied. In most cases, you do not need to be overly concerned.
Hairline or “Craze Crack”
If you see a hairline or “craze crack” occur, simply monitor it. That is all you need to do.
If that crack becomes large enough for you to put a credit card in, then it is time to have us come and repair it. The repair process can be as simple as adding some textured sealant to bridge the crack. If your home has an elastomeric paint, then a simple coat of paint may do the trick.
Recommendation: If you notice a small crack in your stucco, monitor it before it becomes irreparable. If it gets worst, contact our team for future repair.
Deep and Wide Cracks
For more in-depth cracks, ones that run deep and wide, it is likely that extensive repair might be required.
The major cause of cracking of this type is water intrusion. The wet plywood under the stucco expands and forces excessive movement of the stucco. So much so that it begins to pull away from the wall. By patching the crack we will only put a temporary aesthetic fix and not a proper correction.
Recommendation: Most people simply assume that a quick patch will work, but for severe cracks, we recommend a third-party inspector to determine the cause of the cracking. We will refer you to our preferred stucco inspection firms and request that you have a moisture test completed. While you may think this is excessive and a waste of money, it is vital that we know the underlying cause.
Pro Tip: If you notice cracks in your stucco, heed our recommendations so that we can get to the heart of the problem. With our expert help, we can come up with the best possible repair solution for you.
Caring for Your Stucco Home
The benefits of taking care of your stucco can’t be overemphasized. These recommendations are a great way to ensure that you’re taking the right steps to clean and maintain your stucco home.
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