Signs Your Stucco Needs Maintenance

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Signs Your Stucco Needs Maintenance

Sign #1: Your stucco is flaking

Stucco is particularly susceptible to damage if the stucco contractor who installed it did not do so correctly, used the wrong materials, omitted materials, or even tried to use poor quality materials to cut costs.

The most common cause of peeling or flaking finish coat is water penetrating between the finish coat and the surface of stucco.

The lifespan of a stucco exterior depends on the severity of weather conditions. Extreme weather conditions like drought or heavy rain can speed up the process of deterioration for all types of exterior surfaces.

Sign #2: Your stucco is cracking

Cracks in stucco are a common occurrence that can be caused by normal wear and tear, weather damage, improper installation, inferior products, moisture intrusion, or structural movement./ Stucco offers a strong exterior against Chicago weather, but even the best exteriors experience damage over time. At Stucco & Beyond, we help property owners keep their stucco in top shape with the proper repairs.

Sign #3: Your stucco has mildew growth and mold

Mold and mildew on stucco can cause structural damage to your home. If you see mold or mildew on your stucco exterior, act quickly to prevent it from spreading to other areas of your home and causing structural damage.

Here are some steps that can be taken to prevent mold from forming on stucco:

First, make sure that you keep your stucco in good condition by keeping it clean and dry, avoiding any standing water and landscaping that touches the stucco. Also, make sure to allow for proper drainage around your property. A faulty irrigation system or sprinkler can cause water to pool on your property, creating a breeding ground for mold.

Secondly, if you find cracks in your stucco exterior walls or other areas where water could seep into the wall’s structure, a stucco contractor should reskim these areas immediately before they become more significant problems.

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