How to Repair Stucco: Keep Your Home Looking Great
When it comes to loving the way your home looks, it starts with the exterior. For many Atlanta home owners, that exterior means stucco. Understanding how to paint stucco and how to repair stucco go hand in hand and can make all the difference for your home or business.
What are the Pro’s and Con’s?
Stucco is an extremely popular way of finishing the exterior of many homes. It is made with cement, sand, lime, and water. Many choose to put stucco on the outside of their home for the cosmetic appeal it offers but there are also many other benefits to having your home surrounded by stucco.
- Fire resistant
- Provides another layer of insulation
- Can muffle outside noise
- Lots of choices
- Durable, especially when it comes to weather
Although there are many benefits to having stucco, there are some things that homeowners should be aware of. Over the years, stucco will usually need to be repaired and repainted to continue the curb appeal that it had originally. Some of the common complaints associated with stucco are:
- Cracking as temperature changes or home foundations settle
- Moisture entering the cracks, creating mildew or mold
How to Repair Stucco
When you begin to notice that your stucco has some chips or cracks, it is best to do something about it sooner rather than later. When you wait to repair your stucco, it may cause bigger problems like mold, and mildew infecting your home. It can also open you home to insects. It is important that stucco repair is done right and carefully, or it could cause more damage and an eye sore for your home.
How to repair stucco can be broken down into these steps:
- Step 1: Get rid of damaged stucco and mesh. Any stucco that appears damaged or not secure will have to be taken off. You should begin by getting rid of this so that the mesh is visible underneath what once held the broken stucco. If you notice that this layer is damaged and needs replacing as well, it is time to do that. You can simply cut out the old mesh and replace it with a new piece about the same size.
- Step 2: Purchase and prepare stucco mix. The next step in learning how to repair stucco is to purchase stucco mix and prepare it according to the instructions on the bag or of the place in which you purchased it. Be quick! Stucco will dry out if you make too much or don’t apply it in a timely manner.
- Step 3: Put the Stucco on the area needing repair. You should put the stucco on in layers, and cover it once it is applied to make sure that it doesn’t completely dry out. Once this layer is cured, repeat until you reach your final layer, where you should add some texture to match the rest of your stucco.
How to Paint Stucco
Now that your stucco is repaired, it may not match the rest of the stucco on your home. If this is the case you should paint your stucco to ensure curb appeal. You may just have to paint a few spots, or if your home is faded it may be time for the entire home to be updated with a fresh coat of paint. Since Stucco can be textured many different ways, painting it can be difficult.
How to paint stucco can be broken down into these steps:
- Step 1: Match your color or choose a new one. When you go to match your home's color, you may notice that your home has faded and needs a completely new fresh coat of paint.
- Step 2: Make sure your exterior is cleaned. You probably don’t want to paint over dirt, mold, or mildew. It is best to pressure wash or scrub down the problem areas prior to applying paint.
- Step 3: Apply the primer. Before you can jump right into painting the home, you should apply a strong exterior primer to make sure your paint will stick properly.
- Step 4: Paint your exterior. Now that you have chosen your color, cleaned, and primed your home, you can finally begin to paint. Make sure to check the weather to make sure that it will not rain before your paint is able to dry. When understanding how to paint stucco, you must consider the texture of your home. If a home has a lot of texture it may be best to use a paint sprayer and not a roller.
How to Paint Stucco with Rhino Shield:
Completing stucco repair yourself can be a long and draining process, many times requiring professional help. With Rhino Shield, you can trust that the job will be done right the first time and done at the highest quality. Our Rhino Shield team begins the process of repairing your stucco with a thorough inspection. We check for accumulated dirt, mildew and mold, replacement of damaged areas, caulking as needed, and crack repair.
Before painting your stucco, we apply a sprayed adhesive primer that seals everything. It forms an elastomeric bond with the substrate. It moves with structural shifting, making it crack-proof and moisture-proof. The second application of ceramic top coating goes on smooth and dries to a beautiful sheen. Rhino Shield ceramic coating is eight times thicker than ordinary paint, for better insulation and durability. It contains mildewcides and algaecides to kill anything that might try to make its way to your foundation. Also, our ceramic coating waterproofs, sound proofs, insulates, and reflects sunlight and UV rays - saving your money on power bills.
The Rhino Shield Guarantee:
We are so confident in our understanding of how to repair stucco and how to paint stucco that all of our Rhino Shield customers homes come with a 25-year warranty. This warranty will help prevent costly maintenance by eliminating the need to repair. You should not have to worry about repainting every few years. Make the investment in your home to look beautiful for years to come!