DEAR TIM: I purchased an older stucco home that's never been painted. It's got some cracks in the stucco. Most range in width from 1/4 to 3/8-inch wide. The cracks are not getting any bigger and a structural engineer said that all is well and the cracking will not continue. What's the best way to […]
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Applying stucco over the exterior of a brick home is possible. Knowing how to stucco involved following certain steps to ensure a proper job. There is a variety of stucco textures that can be created. If you have the right equipment and the proper skills, you can create your stucco home yourself.
Masonry surfaces can be protected and colored to suit your decorating instincts with penetrating sealers and stains. These masonry products overcome the peeling and blistering problems of paint coatings. Masonry sealers can either block or allow water vapor to pass through, both necessary in different situations. Be sure you read all masonry product labels for application instructions. This will allow for proper usage - and avoid possible danger from exploding fumes if used in the wrong areas!
Stucco is durable and basically maintenance free. However, in hot and wet climates, water can be absorbed and cause stucco repair problems. Study your regional climate and consult these excellent publications from the Portland Cement Association.
Cement stucco suits a variety of architectural styles and is rock solid, proving its durability over time. EIFS, or the newer synthetic stucco, is waterproof, but without water management systems can cause rot damage. Whichever type of stucco you choose, be sure it is installed properly, enabling water vapor to escape.
Add color to stucco - or leave it natural and protect it from the weather, with some of the modern products. A partial list of stain and repellant manufacturers are offered along with EIFS, or synthetic stucco, manufacturers.
Stucco is a rugged home finish, but not without problems. Stucco repair for cracks and efflorescence are discussed, requiring Portland cement, simple tools, sealing against water entry ... and patience.