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Everything You Need to Know About Stucco Repair

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Stucco siding is one of the most durable and long-lasting siding options available; however, like every type of siding, it can sometimes become damaged due to circumstances beyond your control. Whether you are experiencing a small crack, a large, damaged area due to impact, woodpecker damage, moisture damage, or delamination, it is important that you don’t simply let it go. Sometimes the damage is a result of shoddy work, done by an installation company that didn’t know what they were doing. Regardless of why the damage happened, it is important to address it promptly. This is because, over time, unrepaired damage can lead to serious problems that will cost you much more to fix due to extensive residual damage. Continue reading to learn more about different types of stucco damage, how to recognize stucco damage and the process of repair.

What Are Some of the Most Common Types of Stucco Damage?

Stucco siding is prone to damage such as delamination, impact damage, cracks, and moisture. All types of damage are serious and should be addressed promptly. Below each type of damage will be discussed further.

Moisture Damage – When it comes to damaged stucco, a frequent offender is moisture. Unfortunately, water infiltration is extremely damaging to your stucco system, often leading to expensive repairs. Once the water has made its way behind your stucco, it is stuck there which can then cause further issues of mold, rot, and decay. Sadly, this issue is frequently caused by improper installation of the stucco system, although it can occur for other reasons as well. Thus, it is important to have these issues repaired as soon as you discover them to prevent more extensive and costly damage from occurring.

Issues of Delamination – Stucco delamination occurs when the layers of your stucco begin to pull away from each other. This takes place any time your system pulls apart from the substrate or the outer layer pulls away from the system. This issue is serious because left unrepaired, it leaves your stucco vulnerable to water intrusion which as was discussed above can create extensive and costly problems.

Issues of Impact and Cracking – Properly installed stucco should stand the test of time; however, short of placing your home in a giant bubble, sooner or later your siding is likely to sustain damage due to hailstorms, woodpeckers, lawn care equipment, vehicles, a stray ball, or any other form of impact. Stucco is a cement mixture that is tough but rigid. Therefore, when impacted it lacks the necessary give to avoid cracking. If the crack exceeds 1/16 of an inch., it is imperative that it is fixed quickly so water intrusion doesn’t occur. It is important to note that EIFS Stucco is prone to cracking due to improper installation, rather than impact or wear and tear. Despite this, a knowledgeable stucco company can fully repair cracks to prevent further damage, even if they directly result from improper installation.

How to Recognize Stucco Damage

If you see any signs of stucco damage on your home, it is important to contact a knowledgeable stucco contractor immediately. The sooner you do so, the better off you’ll be. Here are some things to look out for:

Cracks – A common sign of stucco damage is cracks. These can range anywhere from minor to severe depending upon the severity of the problem. Minor cracks may not require immediate attention (providing they are less than 1/16 of an inch), while larger ones should be tackled immediately.

Pitting – Pits caused by impact are another common sign of stucco damage. They are small holes in the surface of the stucco that allow water to enter. As mentioned before, pitting is very dangerous because it allows water to penetrate into the wall cavity and cause additional damage.

Moisture Issues – Water penetration is one of the biggest causes of stucco damage. If you notice dampness around windows, doors, garage vents, etc., it could mean that water is getting under the exterior cladding. In addition to being unsightly, this can lead to mold growth, rot, and decay, all of which can be costly to fix.

Degradation – Degradation is also a major cause of stucco damage, especially if the stucco has been exposed to extreme heat. Overexposure to high temperatures will weaken the material, making it susceptible to tearing and cracking.

Discoloration – Stucco discoloration often occurs when mold or mildew begins growing on the surface of your stucco. In some cases, this can be a sign of an underlying water issue, but at the very least, a sign that your stucco needs to be cleaned. Taking care of stucco discoloration issues promptly can help prevent permanent staining from occurring.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what type of damage you notice, be proactive and contact a professional stucco repair company immediately. Make sure any future damage is recognized and repaired before more extensive destruction can occur by adding regular stucco inspections into your comprehensive home maintenance plan. Protect the integrity of your home and enjoy beautiful stucco for years by being proactive with regular inspections and repairs!

The Stucco Repair Process

Once you’ve realized that your stucco has been damaged, make your next call to a reputable stucco repair company. Depending upon the type and extent of the damage, different methods of repair may be utilized. Below a brief discussion of these methods will be included.

Moisture damage with small holes or cracks can typically be repaired using a stucco patch; however, if the area is exceptionally large or has multiple cracks, the repair may need to include the refinishing of the outer layer of stucco. If the damage is so severe that it cannot be mitigated with the previously mentioned repair options, sometimes the stucco will require a full system replacement.

Since damage originating from delamination varies in degree, it is possible that some damages can be repaired quickly and affordably using removal and resurfacing techniques. Although, if water has penetrated behind the bottom layers, the issues will likely require more extensive repairs or replacement.

Lastly, when it comes to repairing stucco cracks, it is important to note that the size and extent of the damage will not be consistent. The nature of the repair itself will be greatly impacted based on how quickly the damage was caught. Simply put, the longer the repair was left to go, the more extensive the underlying damage will be, subsequently resulting in more involved repairs. Thus, when cracks are promptly repaired, it may only be a matter of removing loose stucco and patching the area; whereas a crack that has allowed excessive moisture damage to occur, will require that damage to be addressed prior to repairing the area. Even more, danger lies in closing off a crack without addressing moisture as further damage, decay, and mold will be the likely result.

Henceforth, if you have noticed damage to your home’s stucco, don’t wait another day. Contact a stucco repair contractor with a stellar reputation before the damage gets the upper hand!

Amy Sweeting

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Bio: Amy Sweeting is the owner of V.A.M.P. Stucco local business delivering top-quality stucco installation and repairs to properties in Denver and the surrounding communities.

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