Do you have cracks and bulges in your homes exterior walls and need repairs?
Repair a Stucco Wall
Always hire a licensed stucco contractors for repairs. The wire lath in stucco rusts when water penetrates cracks of your exterior walls and columns. Cracks grow bigger in the absence of prevention. Deterioration grows exponentially. The cracks get larger and soon the wall swells and stucco starts falling off. Spalling is the name for this. It is sever deterioration and interior damage is imminent. Spalled stucco allows even more water inside. Rotting of the buildings wood framing.
Home Stucco Makeover
Many homes in South Florida were built decades ago. And today, the architecture looks a little tiered. Especially some of the wood and stone veneer. We can remove these features and replace them with stucco finishes. The difference can be dramatic. Whether you plan on staying the home or selling, updated finishes will increase the value and enhance road side appeal.
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How to Repair Stucco
Repairing spalling stucco requires the removal of the damaged stucco, wire lath and rotten wood framing. The area needs to be rebuild with new. Keeping a heavy coat of quality paint on a stucco wall will help prevent the problem from reoccurring
First of all, there may be more defective building materials hidden behind the wall than it appears. It's really important to remove enough stucco to make an accurate assessment for how much damage there is. The cost for replacing the stucco will be relatively low if the damage is minimal. Conversely, if someone simply caulks or patches the stucco without checking for the damage beneath, the cause of the problem will not be addressed. As a result, the root cause of the problem will grow larger and a complete and final repair will become more costly.
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New Stucco Finishes
Are you wanting to add stucco features to beautify your home or office? Our expert stucco crews deliver the best stucco finishes in South Florida. Buildings are wood or bare concrete. Adding stucco finished always makes them look better. We can add bands and columns around doors and windows. Maybe an archway over your front door. Almost anything is possible
WHAT CAUSES STUCCO DAMAGE?
The two most common causes of stucco damage, in South Florida, are rainwater and building settlement. The Portland cement in stucco weakens if moisture gets in it. Over time, this water damage can cause the stucco to crack or fall off in sheets.
Stucco’s outer layer is designed to resist water. The wire lath underneath isn’t. The stucco wears away and the wire lath rusts over time. Damage to interior walls and, more seriously, structural damage results. Repairs can become costly if adquate repairs are not made.
Homes and businesses that are located near the ocean or Intracoastal Waterway endure tropical storms and stronger. Those environmental factors can damage a building’s stucco over time, particularly at joints, near flashing or caulking, and around windows, doors, pipes and balconies.
Structural settlement is another major cause of stucco damage. South Florida’s weak and compressible soils are susceptible to foundation damage. Small sinkholes and shifting ground can cause your home or business’s foundation to crack or settle. In some cases, the only above-ground evidence of settlement is in your structure’s exterior brick, stucco or siding.
Preventative Maintenance Support Services Company can not only repair your damaged stucco, we can also repair your foundation and prevent future foundation settlement which can damage your stucco again. Good stucco contractors deliver better results.
HOW TO PREVENT STUCCO DAMAGE IN SOUTH FLORIDA
The key to long-lasting stucco is a watertight finish over a sound structure. Hiring professionals to apply your stucco will maximize your exterior’s life expectancy. Our staff at Preventative Maintenance takes special care to ensure the following:
- Your stucco company applies it at the appropriate temperatures.
- Apply stucco evenly on all flat surfaces and at joints and around structures including windows, doors and balconies.
- Adequately spaced wire lath from the underlying wall. This helps your stucco set properly and can prevent “nail popping.”
- Always apply immediately after mixing.
Professional stucco application helps protect your home or business from the extreme weather it faces in South Florida. Preventative Maintenance Support Services Company offers professional stucco repair in Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and surrounding communities. We are licensed and insured, use superior quality materials and offer an extended warranty on all of our stucco services.
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Lets look at the steps in a stucco wall repair
There are several common stucco textures available to decorate the exterior of your home. Each finish offers a dramatically different look and feel. Many of these offer a South West look and others, like knock-down, are more contemporary. On this page we are going to discuss your options. Photographs will give you a visual understanding.
All stucco work is labor intensive and messy. Two coats of stucco are applied before the final finish you select. Adequate dry time between each coat is needed. And unfortunately, just about as much falls on the ground as is applied to the wall. Tarps and a thorough cleaning is a must every day. We will discuss the fallowing stucco finishes.
Skip Trowel Textures, Lace or "knock-down":
Santa Barbara Finish:
South West Finish:
Skip Trowel and Lace Textures:
These are the most common texture patterns. Most people associate a stucco texture with knockdown. A lace texture is a variant of knockdown. Both patterns offer a high degree of cover for imperfections on a wall. Their "busy" look hides and takes attention away from dips and indentations. Like other stucco textures, knockdown or lace is the third and final coat. Scratch and brown coat are applied first.
Application is most often by hand with a trowel. Sometimes applied with spray equipment and flattened down with a trowel. Work is slow as the trowel is only about 12 inches long. It won’t hold a lot of mud. Experienced applicators can speed the process up by using a "slick" instead of a trowel. Slicks are basically a long trowel without a handle. Two hands are used instead of one.
Float & Sand Finishes:
A basic pattern popular in commercial application. It goes on quicker than other textures and therefor less expensive. Usually applied in one coat with a trowel. Then evened out with a float. The topcoat can be fine, medium or coarse depending on the size of sand used. If wiped down with a red sponge more small sand will appear. A green sponge produces larger sand to the surface.
Versatile, easy and fast to install. Easy to repair as long as the color and be matched. The edge of a patch is neatly feathered in to the surrounding material.
By far the most difficult to get right, but in high demand right now. It takes a lot of time to wipe it down and make it look perfect. The guys have to go over it again and again with a pool trowel and sponge. Color can be consistent if oxide is added to the mix. A mottled look can be achieved if the color is added after it dries.
When finished its easy to maintain and clean. But it is hard to patch and blend in. It dries hard and tends to crack more than other finishes.
Santa Barbara Finishes:
Similar to a smooth finish. This one makes a building look like an old adobe style. Made possible by skipping some steps on smoothing it out. It comes out more uneven and rustic. Just like the antique adobe South Western Towns. While skipping steps might make this be a less expensive finish. It's actually harder to achieve than a smooth finish. There is no luxury of having the sponge wipe away any imperfections.
Because of the uniform look of this finished it is hard to patch.
Old English Finish:
This is the easiest and most fun to install. The guys sling mud on the wall and push it in a uniform pattern. There is no fuss or muss or worry about feathering it in. Its pretty much just blow and go. A crew is one man mixing and the other flinging.
Repairs are easier than smooth but harder than knockdown.