Have you recently purchased or rented an older building and you aren’t sure when it needs to be repaired? Whatever your circumstances are, this article will help provide you with the information you need to take care of the stucco and keep it both beautiful and functional for years to come.
What is Stucco?
Stucco is a natural material that is applied wet and hardens when it dries. It has been a popular choice for coating walls and ceilings for centuries. Stucco can also be used to cover materials that are less visually appealing such as concrete, cinder block, clay brick, and adobe.
How to Care for Stucco
If you’re thinking of painting your stucco – stop. Painting stucco can cause a lot of maintenance issues and costs – and can even cause significant damage to your home. Paint acts a sealant and will seal the pores within the stucco – sealing any existing moisture inside the walls of your home. This can cause mold and cracking.
If your stucco needs a touch-up, you’ll want to re-stucco it instead. The cheaper cost of paint now won’t offset the cost of repairs later.
You’ll also want to do an annual inspection and cleaning of your stucco. This is a good time to look for holes, cracks, or separations. If any repairs are needed, you’ll want to contact a professional to prevent additional damage to your home.
To be clear – your stucco will likely crack – and it is normal. Small cracks do not require any maintenance or repairs. If you have a larger crack, or just want to repair a smaller one, you’ll want to repair it by filling it with stucco.
Changing up Your Stucco
Stucco comes in a lot of different colors – so your options for aesthetics vary a lot. It is also important to understand that the full curing time for stucco can take several years. That means you will probably notice changes in color from dark to light, and then light back to dark, as your finish sets and any excess moisture eventually evaporates. These shifts in color are entirely normal and expected, but may be surprising if you are new to stucco.
Contact ESI Waterproofing & Masonry Restoration
If your stucco needs repaired or you’re interested in a change, get in contact with ESI Waterproofing & Masonry Restoration! We’re the experts in stucco and masonry repairs for commercial buildings in Boston MA. Fill out an online form or give us a call today to get started.