A Guide to Maintaining and Repairing Stucco Siding
Stucco is a durable exterior material to add to your home. Many people choose it because of this durability, as well as its unique look. It’s also a cheaper version than other types of siding.
While it can generally last for a long time, years of wear and tear can create soft spots in the stucco. And learning how to repair it can be a mystery.
Read on to learn how you can repair stucco siding on your home.
Preparing the Stucco
In order to fix holes in your stucco, you’ll need to make a new batch to fill in the hole. This is a relatively simple process that’s a lot like mixing concrete.
Especially if your stucco home is older, your new stucco most likely won’t match the old. However, the great thing about this material is you can always paint over the patch to match the current siding.
Simply mix smaller batches of your stucco and add pigment in it until it gets to the color of your choice. Then add these smaller batches to a piece of old cardboard and allow it to dry.
The color will always be different once it dries, and this may take a couple of tries.
Fixing Holes in Stucco Siding
Whether holes or large or small in your stucco siding, you should approach them the same way.
Prepare the Area
Make sure that before you even apply the new stucco, you clean out the hole from any debris. Try to remove as many loose particles as you can.
Once you have all of the debris removed from the area, you’ll need to replace the mesh. You can staple this new mesh directly over the old mesh.
Apply the Stucco
You’ll need to apply a few layers of stucco to the hole in order to fill it completely. It will take a few days as you’ll need to let each coat dry individually.
Apply the first coat of stucco siding with a trowel or knife. You’ll need to let it set for a least a full day or two. In order to make sure that it’s dry enough, you can run a nail across it.
You’ll then need to apply the second coat. This coat should be about 1/8 inch thick. You’ll apply the coat and smooth it over. Let it sit for a few days until dry.
The final coat will be applied as the first two. However, this will need to be textured to your liking.
Texturize and Paint Stucco
Before the final coat dries, you’ll need to texturize it. Use a sponge to texturize the stucco. Then allow the stucco to dry completely.
If you did not use pigment to color your stucco, you’ll then need to paint it.
Stucco siding is a beautiful addition to any home. Like any other material, long periods of wear and tear by weather and other factors can create holes and cracks.
Many homeowners are able to perform this task themselves, though it does take time and preparation. If you don’t think you’re up for the task, or if your stucco is a larger project than you can handle, you should reach out to a professional for help.
Cal-Res Coatings is available to help. Reach out to us today for more information.