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How Do I Know Stucco Repair is Necessary?

Your stucco is your main defence against external elements. It protects against snow, rain, hail, wind, rain, and much more. But when your exterior is displaying imperfections, how do you know stucco repair is necessary?

Here are 3 signs your stucco needs repair:

Discoloration or Staining on Your Stucco

Not only does staining and discolouration significantly reduce your curb appeal and your resale value, but it can also indicate moisture damage. In some cases, debris falling from your gutters can cause staining. Wind-driven rain and dirt is another cause.

However, in most cases, moisture damage is the culprit — especially if you notice the smell of mold or mildew in your home.

When water is stuck in the wall assembly, it’s common for mold to grow. And, if left unattended, it can cause further damage to your home.

*** Tip: if you see staining on your stucco, always contact a stucco specialist before painting over it. Just like putting a bandaid over a wound that requires stitches, painting over stucco without having it professionally inspected can make the internal issue worse.

If you suspect water damage on your stucco, contact your local stucco contractor. If you’re in the Edmonton or Toronto zone, you can contact us and book a free consultation.

Our stucco coating is breathable and prevents trapped moisture from entering your wall assembly. And it’s also dirt and mildew resistant, so it stays cleaner for longer and limits regular maintenance.

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Cracks in Your Stucco

Stucco cracks can range in severity, depending on the type of crack. They are, however, an obvious sign that your stucco needs repair. Some types of cracks include:

  • Hairline: these cracks don’t exceed 1/16 inch. They typically aren’t too concerning. Yet, we highly recommend you repair any cracks — especially before the rainy season starts.
  • Cracks on trim: as the name suggests, these cracks generally start at your trim and radiate outwards
  • Cracking patterns: if you notice a relatively uniform cracking pattern on your stucco, it’s likely an outline of your lath (the wired framework your stucco adheres to). In most cases, this type of cracking is due to improper installation.
  • Spider cracking: similar to cracking patterns, improper installation causes spiderweb cracking. Typically, this problem occurs when the stucco is not mixed properly or when the stucco isn’t given appropriate time to cure.
  • Deep cracks: these types of cracks are larger than 1/16 inch and can indicate structural damage — especially if the edges no longer aligned.

Do an inspection of your home, and see if you can determine the type of crack on your stucco. If cracks are left unattended, they can cause moisture to seep into your home and cause a whole host of expensive damages. In addition, water can also soften the edges of the stucco, inevitably causing the crack to widen as the weakened stucco breaks away or crumbles.

There are a variety of factors that can cause stucco to crack, including:

  • Improper installation
  • Shifting and seismic activity
  • Extreme weather changes

If you notice a crack, contact your stucco specialist. With our coating, we repair all cracks before applying our product. In addition, our coating also stretches over time, so it prevents cracking due to seismic shifting.

If you have any questions about the cracks on your stucco, comment below or contact us.

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Faded Color on Your Stucco

The sun’s harsh rays can cause your stucco’s color to fade. This issue is particularly common in areas that receive an abundance of direct sunlight.

However, faded stucco is not an immediate cause for concern, even though it can reduce your curb appeal. Typically, a fresh coat of paint or coating will rejuvenate the appearance of your stucco.

Our coating system is UV resistant, meaning it won’t fade over time. If you don’t wish to consistently repaint throughout the years, consider opting for our pro-polymer stucco coating. It completely transforms the look, feel, and texture of your old and outdated stucco.

For a free, no obligation quote, you can email info@canzbuildingproducts.com or call our toll-free number at 1-877-466-2005.

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Other Resources

If you’d like to learn more about our advanced stucco coating, visit our official page. If you’d like to read more about the difference between stucco paint and stucco coating, see this past post.

And, of course, if you’re located in Alberta or Ontario, and you’d like to schedule a free consultation to access your stucco, head over to our contact form or call us at 1-877-466-2005.

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