411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

Upgrading the interior To Make a Qucker and More Expensive Property Sale

Make Some Minor Upgrades to the Interior of Your Home for the Best Selling Price   When you’re ready to sell your home, it’s...

on Apr 17, 2019

Asphalt vs Concrete: Which Option is the Best for Your Driveway?

Whether you’re building a new home or need to replace a deteriorating driveway, the biggest question is what material to use. Two of the main...

on Apr 16, 2019

5 Awesome Gifts Every Homeowner is Going to Love

You’ve been invited to a housewarming party and haven’t got the slightest idea what to get. Here are five awesome gift suggestions to...

on Apr 12, 2019

Security Camera Installation: How to Choose the Right Security System for Your Home

Taking the necessary measures to ensure you—and your family—enjoy a good’s night sleep is not negotiable. No wonder home security...

on Apr 10, 2019

Mechanical Plumbing Preventative Maintenance

Ask any business or home owner and he or she will tell you the importance of conducting regular plumbing preventative maintenance. If you think...

on Apr 10, 2019

How to Repair Stucco Siding on Your Home

by Guest on Apr 12, 2010

Stucco is a cement-based siding product that is extremely popular around the country. Compared to other siding materials, it fairly easy to maintain and repair. This article discusses how to repair cracks and gouges, and painting stucco. Traditional stucco is a mixture of Portland cement, lime, sand, and water. It is usually about 3/4 inch thick, very porous, and holds on to paint very well. Color can also be mixed into the finishing coat of stucco, eliminating the need to paint.

Repairing cracks



Stucco is tough, but brittle and can sometimes crack as a house shifts or settles. Hairline cracks should not be repaired, so you do not have to try to repair every crack. If you cannot get your fingernail into the crack, paint will usually fill it. For cracks up to 1/4 inch wide, you can repair them with a high-quality, exterior grade, acrylic latex caulk.

Clean loose debris out of the crack using a V-shaped object to get down in the crack. Then you can brush it, or use a vacuum cleaner. Caulk the crack with a paintable silicone caulk and smooth it out with your finger. Using your finger makes it easier to exactly match the existing texture. Use the 50-year kind of caulk for best results.

Wipe off excess caulking with a damp sponge in all directions to clean the rough texture. Here is a trick. Put some fine texturing sand in the palm of your hand and blow the sand to scatter it onto the wet caulk. This will roughen up the surface making it less noticeable.

Repairing wider cracks and gouges



For this job, you need to use a stucco patching compound. In order for the material to hold properly, exactly the right amount of water must be added. Follow the manufacturer's directions carefully. Thoroughly clean the crack or gouge as you did for small cracks. Use a putty knife or trowel to fill the area with a latex patching product. Thin the patch compound to the consistency of something like pancake batter. Dab a paintbrush into the wet material and holding one hand between the paintbrush and the wall, hit the brush handle against your hand splattering the material onto the repair area. This technique will match the texture of the surrounding stucco. You can smooth it out with a putty knife or trowel to the texture you want after the compound hardens a little bit.

Painting Stucco



For smaller jobs, use a roller. Use an airless sprayer for larger jobs. For best results, do not use a paintbrush for stucco other than to add texture. Spray the paint onto the surface and then use a 3/4 inch to 1 inch deep nap roller to work the paint into the surface for uniform texture. It usually requires two coats to cover stucco sufficiently because stucco is so porous. It may also require a second coat to cover small cracks and your repairs.

Roscoe enjoys writing about a variety of topics including hiking, music, and home improvement. Check out his website at http://www.chairliftforstairsreview.com/ which helps people find the best chair lift for stairs for their needs.
Windows / Siding 3202 Views

Most Recent Articles

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

3 Reasons Why Outdoor Storage is the Storage Solution You’re Looking For

When my wife and I moved into a tiny house (<800 sf), we were determined to make use of every inch, leaving us a clear beautiful living space...

General Household

Virginia Local Builders Associations

Find a local builder or council, please contact the home builders' association (HBA) in your area.

Builders Associations

California Local Builders Associations

Find a local builder or council, please contact the home builders' association (HBA) in your area.

Builders Associations

How to Choose Paint Colors with a Color Wheel

Ever seen someone dithering over the rack of paint samples at a home improvement store? That's a home decorator in agony over how to pick paint...

Painting / Wallpaper

South Dakota Local Builders Associations

Find a local builder or council, please contact the home builders' association (HBA) in your area.

Builders Associations

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2019