Stucco is durable, versatile, and moisture and fire-resistant. No wonder it is one of the most popular siding materials. When installed correctly, stucco creates a smooth finish. Though very durable, stucco is not impervious to wear and tear. Over time, it could flake off or start losing its color. Considering that stucco affects the aesthetic appeal of homes, you should update your stucco at regular intervals.
Here are some effective ways to update stucco.
Stucco can accumulate large amounts of dust, dirt, grime, and algae over time. Unclean stucco is not just an eyesore, and it is also highly susceptible to damage. To get rid of dirt and dust on your stucco, clean it thoroughly. Before you clean your stucco, inspect the surface for any chips and cracks. Repair minor cracks using acrylic exterior caulking. For large cracks and crevices, consult a professional. Finally, treat any mold growth with borax or bleach.
The Five Steps of Cleaning Stucco
Consider Adding Color
Adding color to stucco is a great way to refresh your home. Use paint specially made for stucco instead of regular house paint. Opt for a flat finish paint. Some colors are not compatible with older stucco and can cause damage if applied incorrectly. Consult a professional before using paint.
Replace old Mortar
If you live in an old house, some old mortar may have cracked or started to crumble. If this Mortar still sticks together, replace it with a new Mortar. To make Mortar, mix Portland cement, sand, and water in a bucket. Using a trowel, apply the Mortar along the bottom of every crack and spread it with a putty knife. Wipe away any extra mortar with a damp rag.
Do-All Stucco & Stone is a trusted stucco contractor in Calgary. Our unparalleled ability to fix different types of stucco damage sets us apart from other stucco companies in Calgary. To schedule a repair, call 403-588-5306.