Stucco is widely used for its durability and aesthetic. It is a hard, water-shedding, color retentive, low-maintenance, and breathable material. Since stucco is breathable, water that gets behind it does not become trapped. AAA Restoration & Construction Services provides stucco installation on both commercial and residential projects.
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Stucco exteriors must be maintained. It does not take a very big crack to allow water intrusion. In fact, a crack as small as 1/16” of an inch wide can permit water to enter behind the stucco, especially with a stucco system that has no moisture barrier. All cracks 1/16” wide or larger and all damaged areas of stucco should be properly repaired. Any penetration through the stucco that is left unsealed will allow entry of moisture.
Stucco is a versatile facing material that can be applied to flat or curved surfaces either inside or outside any building or structure. Stucco has great appeal as a surface finish because of its utility, low first cost, and minimum need for maintenance. In its hardened state, stucco is a desirable facing material because it is hard, strong, fire-resistant, and color-retentive.
Time to Replace your STUCCO
Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped. Bald spots where granules are missing.
A crack as small as 1/16” of an inch wide can permit water to enter behind the stucco, especially with a stucco system that has no moisture barrier.
The most common stains on exterior stucco are dirt, mildew, mold and algae. These stains can sometimes be effectively removed by using the proper tools and procedures. Because stucco is somewhat fragile, care must be taken during the cleaning to prevent damage from occurring.
All penetrations must be sealed with a compatible sealant as recommended by the stucco system manufacturer and required by Model Codes. Damaged areas of stucco must be properly repaired to prevent water intrusion. Examples of penetrations are:
- electrical boxes
- exterior receptacles
- light fixtures
- plumbing lines and faucets
- cable TV lines
- security systems
- gutter straps
- deck rail penetrations
- gas lines
- dryer vents
- damaged or punctured areas of stucco