Stucco is a mixture made of Portland cement, lime, sand, and water. Although it is regarded as a durable and reliable building material, stucco is prone to developing cracks or holes, which can allow water to seep into and damage it. When this happens, homeowners or commercial property owners need to address it, as this small concern can quickly turn into a major issue. Many property owners are left wondering if they should repair their stucco or replace it.
Garden State Brickface and Siding has over 70 years of experience providing clients across central and northern New Jersey with professional stucco installation and repair, as well as paint and maintenance services. Our team understands the urgency of fixing irregularities in stucco. Here, we explore the conditions under which stucco can be repaired as opposed to being replaced.
Why Does Stucco Crack?
Just like any type of cement-based product or building material, when it comes to stucco, cracks are unavoidable with enough time. Expansion, wind, and stress can all be contributing factors to stucco showing signs of wear and tear. Even though cracks in stucco are common, they still can lead to several unfortunate results, such as:
Cracks in your stucco are like an open invitation for several unwanted guests. Perhaps the most damaging is water. Water that seeps through cracks or holes in your stucco can wreak havoc on your home, causing nightmares for property owners.
Infiltration of Insects
Although a crack won’t let any intruders or large animals into your home, other unwanted guests that can make their way into your space are insects. Once insects make their way inside your home, it’s very difficult getting rid of them without the help of professional services.
Cracks in your stucco can lead to increased humidity indoors. Couple this with the water that’s sure to find its way inside, and you have the recipe for mold and mildew, potentially causing an unsafe living environment. Increased humidity indoors can also lead to paint peeling.
When Should You Have Cracks Repaired?
Stucco repair is an effective solution for minor, specific, and targeted areas of stucco failure. Generally, repair methods should be used if the damage to your stucco is surface level. That means cracks are small, there is no mold or moisture present, and the stucco is relatively new. While cracks may only be on the surface, it might still be worth having an experienced stucco specialist thoroughly inspect to make certain cracks aren’t the result of larger, underlying issues.
Stucco repair involves a specialist applying two to three layers of new stucco using Portland-based cement and natural pigments. When the newly applied stucco is still wet, the specialist can incorporate a design of your choice. Additionally, custom toning allows the stucco repairperson to create almost any hue and hand-apply your color choice to your pattern. The process for repairing surface-level cracks in stucco is generally much faster than having your stucco replaced.
When Stucco Should Be Replaced
Stucco replacement is necessary when the damage to your stucco is caused by a deeper issue. Because stucco replacement is a much more in-depth and extensive service, many property owners are hesitant to move forward. However, just repairing cracks that have deeper-rooted issues is only postponing the inevitable and allowing the issue to worsen over time. If your stucco is old, crumbling, or showing signs of mold and moisture intrusion, it might be time to replace it.
The benefit of having your stucco replaced is that it’s a permanent solution. Specialists will pinpoint the cause of the problem and correct it before applying new stucco. An added benefit is that it also protects the rest of your home from damage.
Professional Stucco Repair Services at Garden State Brickface and Siding
If you notice cracks in your stucco or believe a deep issue is occurring, turn to the experienced team at Garden State Brickface and Siding. For over 70 years, our dedicated team has helped clients throughout central and northern NJ resolve issues they gave with their stucco siding. Whether your siding needs a quick repair or a complete replacement, our professional services can accommodate. We use only the most proven techniques and methods to ensure we exceed our client’s expectations.
In addition to premium services, Garden State Brickface and Siding is pleased to offer financing options for clients who wish to set up a payment plan. To learn more about our professional stucco offerings or to request an approximant, contact us today.