Stuccoed walls and ceilings in your home give you and your guests an impression of style. It is quite popular since it is low-maintenance and gives a wonderful texture to places. Your stuccoed home might be as pretty as it is, but you may have some problems. You may notice some cracks after some time. Repairing them as fast as you can, will make sure that you will take care of it effectively. To know how, here are some repair tips.
Look at the crack and use a scraper to enlarge it a bit. That will help you to know how serious it is. If it is only on the surface and is narrow, then it will be easy to repair it.
Knowing the possible reasons as to why these cracks appear is essential. Some are if the plaster used was not mixed correctly, the position of your house, or if it did not cure properly. Another might be because of vibrations if you have on-going home renovations, such as installing or repairing sheetrock. Make sure to do that first before doing the brown coat on your stucco project. If the crack is narrow, then it won’t affect the structural integrity of your home.
When the house is cool during the morning, it is easier to repair cracks. The fractures will be more visible. It is because of your house “contracting” due to the temperature. When you try to do the work when the sun is out, it will be hot and your house will “expand,” which will make the cracks come together.
Clean the wall before you fix it. Pressure-washing it will get rid of dirt and will make the paint adhere easily. There are many great stucco products you can purchase to fill in the cracks. You may do caulking or spackling. You may also paint over the tinier cracks that the paint may fill. Using three coats of Plascon Micatex paint is ideal because it is textured and water-based.
In repairing larger cracks, you may use caulking or concrete sealers like Sashco Mor-Flexx. It is textured and may be used for exteriors or interiors. Squeeze the sealer following the cracks. Rub it using your finger to make sure you filled it. Then, clean up the excess in the area, if you do not want to end up with a different color when painting over it. Let it dry and you will be ready to paint.
When painting over the repaired cracks, use a roller for larger parts of the wall, and a brush to fill in the gaps or around the edges. Make sure to cover furniture, floor, or pavement with cloth, and mask door and window frames with painter’s tape. You may do another coat to better hide the cracks.
If you are afraid to do things yourself, you may call a repairman, but be ready for repair costs. Generally, cracks are easy to repair, so if you are doing it alone, make sure that you use the right materials to keep your stucco pretty and crack-free.