Published on June 23rd, 2017 | by admin0
Maintaining Your Stucco
Stucco is a construction material used mainly in humid climates (wood blinds are ideal for wet humid climates) because of its properties. Stucco is usually applied to the outside walls of a house and it is mainly a mix of sand and cement which is cheap, easy to work and at the same time it is beautiful and adds some appeal to your home. This material is very durable, resistant to mold and humidity and lasts for very long. It is also very good to withstand moisture in the long run so, if you are looking for a cheap and durable solution for the outside of your house, this is a very good option because you can just apply it to almost any material you have already like bricks, concrete or blocks.
Stucco is fireproof as well and it doesn´t need almost any maintenance but, when there are sudden weather climate changes it is quite susceptible to cracks but, if you follow some very easy tips in this article you will be able to apply stucco to your home and minimize the cracking problems.
Do what in construction is known as control joints. This is done by installing a small gap between two stucco areas, like applying it by patches. If you do it this way, in the event of a crack, it won´t spread over a large area of your wall because it will stop at the gap. This is a good practice not only for stucco but for many other materials as well.
Apply casing beads which will act as a barrier between different materials and use corner beads to reinforce the corners of two stucco areas. This way you will relieve stress on the stucco and prevent cracks in the long run.
Above your foundation, around eight inches, you should have installed weep screeds so water will drain away from your stucco. Even though stucco is very resistant to water, the less water coming to it, the better for you and the less maintenance you will have to do later. Talking about screeds, installing soffit drip screeds will help you to prevent water from returning from the running down the outside of your home to the soffit and create moisture damage.
If you follow these steps, stucco is very durable and it is known to last for more than a century. If you want to clean your stucco you can use a garden hose and clean from surface to the top. We advise against using pressure washing on stucco because, if not done properly, may damage your stucco and do more harm than good. Repairing stucco usually includes to remove the damaged and cracked area and to apply a new layer of stucco and a finishing coat for it. This is not an easy job as it may be dangerous to work on the walls of your home so, if you are unsure of what to do, you´d better hire a professional just in the case.