How to Fix Stucco

How to Fix Stucco

Fixing Stucco

Stucco is a great-looking finish and is also known for being low-maintenance. Although it can survive at any given climate, it is more suited as a siding choice for hot and dry climates. This is because stucco finishes do not do well enough with wet climates. However, stucco is not just for exterior walls; interior stucco finishes are a great option and solution for more durable walls and it will also give great texture and looks. With that being said, we can say that stucco finishes are surely durable, great-looking, and low-maintenance. But just like any other household materials, it can also deteriorate through time, so household owners should always check and inspect their stucco finishes to maintain its quality.

Oftentimes, one of the common damages that you will see are cracks. These cracks must and should be repaired as soon as possible as they pose potential problems in the future. It can grow bigger and let water get behind the wall, causing damage to your walls. There are several reasons why stucco cracks, but there are ways to repair it.

What Causes Stucco to be damaged?

Stucco cracks and damages are notorious for causing bigger problems and damages. It is very common due to the natural soil movement and expansion that happens in the ground due to temperature. It can also happen for some other reasons, such as:

  • Irregular inspection of stucco
  • The foundation and settling of the house
  • Improper installation of stucco finish
  • No allowance for thermal expansion
  • Did not install weep screed, which allows the moisture to escape the wall above the foundation
  • Stucco layer that is applied was too thin

Tips on How to Repair your Stucco Cracks

Repairing your stucco cracks is relatively easy, and by doing it, you should first consider some factors. Stucco crack repairs will always depend on its depth, the length, and the cause of the crack. If the crack is just a hairline crack or just less than ¼ inches, then it will be relatively easy for you to repair. This kind of crack repair is best done if you are going to paint the wall after the repair. But if you are not going to paint the wall, you must quickly remove all of the caulk that surrounds the crack. If you want to get the best results, painting the repaired area is always recommended.

Here are some tips for caulking your cracked stucco:

  1. Always remember to apply the caulk in the morning. The sun causes concrete to expand, making the cracks relatively smaller than at night.
  2. Apply caulk generously. Do not be afraid of putting caulk around the crack as you can easily clean it afterward.
  3. Once the caulk is applied, you can always use your fingers to spread the caulk evenly. Make sure that the caulk reaches all of the crack’s edges.
  4. Once you applied all the caulk the crack needed, let it dry. If it shrank during the curing process, apply more. 
  5. Once it is dry, it is now ready for painting.