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Stucco is one of the most popular exterior furnishing materials for most homeowners. Stucco or render is a material made of aggregates, a binding agent and water. Stucco is applied when wet and hardens to a very dense solid. It is used as a decorative coating for walls and ceilings, and as a sculptural and artistic material in architecture. No doubt this versatile material is durable. But over a period of time, it can get damaged due to a variety of reasons. Sometimes, the damage is due to improper installation, painting over un-sound stucco, failure to sufficiently hydrate the stucco, or false application of paint coatings on stucco. So, what are the signs of stucco problems and what can be done about the damages caused to your stucco walls?

Signs of stucco problems
Signs of stucco problems

Broken stucco

Fixing your broken stucco might seem like a cakewalk but in reality it is a task that requires a certain level of skill and precision. If you are not careful with the replacement work, then you could end up causing more damage. The damaged area has to be carefully chiseled until the part that is damaged is no longer visible. Be careful not to cut through the lath so that the replacement layer of plaster will still have sufficient metal grate to hold on to. After preparing the area, start mixing the first coat of stucco, also known as the scratch layer. The mixture should be carefully measured to make sure that the scratch layer will effectively adhere to its base and to the surrounding stucco. It is recommended that you use a stucco service provider.

Water intrusion

Moisture seeps into your stucco flooring or wall when it is not properly installed. It can cause considerable damage to the plywood on which it is installed. This can further weaken the walls and eventually the building. Other problems associated with moisture are the growth of mold on the walls and the infestation of insects that can considerably affect your family’s well-being. The only way to solve the issue is by getting your stucco replaced with the help of a construction services provider.

Stucco wall paint failure

Another common issue is stucco wall paint failure. Sometimes the contractor ends up painting a stucco wall before it is properly cured. This leads to saponification failure. Again to fix this issue you will have seek professional help.

Have you been facing issues with your stucco walls? Reach out to us to know more about possible solutions to fix the exterior damages.

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