Have you noticed a few minor chips or cracks in the stucco of your Red Deer, Alberta, home or business? Well, it’s certainly important to repair such things sooner than later. However, before you rush out to call in the experts, the professionals from Do All Stucco & Stone have some helpful DIY tips for you to help minimize the damage until you have time for an expert to come out and assess the situation.
Here are a few important stucco repair and maintenance tips you can perform on your own to ensure your home or business looks its best!
For Fine Cracks with Minor Paint Damage
If your home or business has fine cracks in the stucco with small bits of paint peeling away in places, it can often be an easy fix. However, it’s important to repair it as soon as possible, especially if it’s during the rainy season, as extensive water exposure can quickly lead to big repairs.
Smaller cracks are often minor, it’s the larger ones you have to worry about because these are often due to your foundation resettling and will require extensive repairs by a stucco remediation team.
What Should I Use?
When it comes to performing minor stucco repairs, there is a variety of products available that can be easily purchased from your local hardware store. Some to fix bigger holes and others to fix minor cracks as you have. For smaller repairs, most stucco remediation professionals recommend using sanded acrylic caulk.
Step 1: Using a hammer and cold chisel, widen the crack slightly to at least a quarter of an inch. Be sure that the crack’s edges are chiseled perpendicular to the wall. Then, clear all the loose debris away from the crack with a quality wire brush.
Step 2: Using a standard caulk gun, apply your stucco repair caulk to the crack. Make sure to trowel the area as you go to ensure it matches the finish. Then, let it cure for 25 hours and paint it with a water-based paint matching your home or business’s exterior.
Please Note: After you’ve completed the repair, you might find that the crack you’ve filled feels flexible to the touch. Don’t worry: this is beneficial, for it allows flexibility should your building’s foundation settle or move; it’s less likely to reopen.
Contact us for all of your stucco repair services in Red Deer, Alberta!
If you’re in need of stucco repair or construction management in Red Deer, contact our team from Do All Stucco & Stone today to learn more about how we can help you. Contact us online or call (403) 588-5306.