Today, stucco is considered to be one of the best materials for decorative and robust architectural elements, thanks to its ability to dry up fast and become tough and solid. But not many people know that surfaces made with this tough material also develop some significant issues over the years. Whether it is for walls, ceilings, sidings, or artistic sculptures, here are some common stucco-related issues and mistakes seen in most homes.
Mold and Dirty Patches
Greenish or grayish dirty patches can appear on stucco surfaces. These unpleasant looking patches, often sticky and wet, are nothing but mold and mildew growths. These growths are results of dampness and moisture in the wall or ceiling. Mold can even develop when poor stucco supplies are used or when it isn’t installed correctly. These patches not only look aesthetically unappealing but also lead to various risks to your health. Getting rid of mold patches from stucco can be difficult at times.
Bugs Out of Nowhere
Often, mold, when left untreated, can result in fungus and algae formation. Along with these stubborn growths, you will see tiny bugs and ants lingering around the patches. These insects are attracted by excessive moisture in the surfaces and fungus or algae. Spraying pesticides won’t help in such a scenario as bugs and insects will keep coming till you get rid of moisture and unwanted growths from your home’s stucco surfaces.
Stains by Contaminants
Irrespective of which stucco supplies and color you choose, stucco surfaces tend to get stained over time. Rainwater and melting snow wash away dirt and algae from roofs and muddy wastes from eavestroughs. This dirty water then acts as a contaminant that can flow along your home’s exterior and stain or even damage exterior stucco. Stains are caused due to efflorescence (salt from evaporated water) that remains on the surfaces when dirty water evaporates. Water can even leak through chimney and skylight connections and leave dirty patches on stucco installed inside the house.
Localized or General Cracks
Two types of cracks can develop in stucco surfaces over time – localized and general. Localized cracks generally develop due to water or other damage in the inner surface. General cracks are signs of mistakes during installation, inappropriate stucco supplies, and poor workmanship. In either case, filling and patching the cracks is difficult. Patching leaves behind a prominent-looking flaw which can’t be removed. Refinishing the entire surface is the only resort.
Constant Peeling Paint
If you have been painting and repainting your stucco surfaces, but the paint still keeps painting, then there’s a serious issue that you are unable to identify. The main culprit here is moisture. When moisture comes in contact with stucco surfaces, it can damage them from within. This affects the integrity of the surface and the ability to hold paint. Thus, no matter how many times you paint the walls or ceiling, trapped moisture will result in peeling paint within a few weeks.
Most stucco-related issues happen either due to the wrong installation or water damage. You need to find the right stucco installation company that can install surfaces without any flaws and also waterproof your stucco surfaces from time to time. Look for a company that has been there in the industry for quite some time and uses the best stucco supplies for all projects.