Tips For Replacing Broken Stucco On Your Home's Exterior

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If the stucco coating on the exterior of your family's home has developed a large crack or hole, then it is vital that you repair it quickly. Neglecting to repair the damaged stucco will result in additional water damage to your home from winter storms. Thankfully, patching stucco is a simple process as long as you follow the directions on the package of stucco mix that you purchase. In addition, here are some time-tested tips to help you make this necessary repair to the outside of your home:

Tip: Always Replace Stucco on a Day With Mild Weather

One of the best things you can do to ensure quality adhesion of your stucco patch material to your home's exterior wall is to plan your repair for a day that has mild weather. Stucco will dry out too quickly in hot or dry weather, and it will freeze if the temperature is too low. By working on a day where it is sunny and warm without any rain or excessive humidity, your home's new stucco will cure as it should and adhere properly to the existing wall of your house.

Tip: Prepare Your Stucco Patching Mixture to the Right Texture

Since you have never worked with stucco before, it is important that you mix the patch material until it is the correct consistency. Stucco patch that has been correctly mixed will have the consistency of toothpaste. If the mixture is more like cookie dough, then you need to add more water to it. If it becomes too thin like milk, then you need to add more stucco mix to help thicken it up. To test the stucco, place a small dollop of it on your finger and turn your finger upside down. If the stucco sticks to your finger, then it is the right consistency to be applied to your home's wall. 

Tip: Know When to Contact a Professional Contractor

Finally, if the crack or hole in your home's stucco exterior extends down into the foundation or is located near the roof, then you should have a professional stucco contractor or licensed contractor come out to your home and inspect the damage. If water has unknowingly been leaking around your home's roof or foundation, then your home may have other issues that need to be repaired when the stucco work is completed. Neglecting these repairs can lead to very expensive repairs at a later date.

For more tips, contact a company like Lifetime Exteriors.

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