If you own a home with stucco siding, you probably want to know how to repair the damage so that your home remains protected from future water damage. While it’s a beautiful and unique exterior siding material, poor installation and inadequate stucco maintenance can leave it vulnerable to moisture intrusion. Knowing how to spot stucco repairs is a critical skill if you plan on living in or buy a stucco house.
For anyone who has experience with any type of material, especially stuccoing, it’s easy to see that maintaining it requires a little bit of work and some good home maintenance. Stucco itself is quite simple to maintain and doesn’t require much upkeep. You simply clean out the top layer every few years, replace a thin layer of paint, or stain the new piece if you have one. Stucco tends to dry hard, so it’s important to use a high-quality sealant to help keep it moist.
The biggest problem with stuccoing is that it’s extremely difficult to get to the bottom of any damage that is present. The studios are usually poured right down into the ground and then they are held up by the soil. If you’re looking to repair or fix a damaged area, you will need to be able to get down inside of the stuccos to remove any debris.
The first thing you need to do is to carefully pull up as many of the large pieces as possible. Make sure that you don’t pull up the entire stucco either because you might break it or you might puncture the stucco wall. Once you’ve pulled up as much of the stucco as possible, use your hands to carefully scrape the area to make it easier. You may even want to use a wood chisel if you have one.
After you’ve scraped up as much of the area as possible, carefully pry the area up off the cement and remove as much of the stucco as you can. This part is also known as the ‘seep’. If your sleep is still intact, that’s a good sign because that means that you’ve successfully repaired most of the damage and your stuccos are fairly easy to restore.
Remember, while stuccoing isn’t nearly as hard to repair as some of the other materials you’ve probably worked with, it is still pretty easy to do so and it will take quite a bit of work to get to properly repair damage. If you’re not quite sure how to restore the damage, you’ll want to call in a professional.