The main culprit in a stucco repair can be the trowel that is used to apply it. When using a poor-quality trowel, the finished surface can be weak and prone to flaking. Homeowners must take care when applying Stucco Repair Tampa to any area of their home, no matter how small. Areas of stucco which have fallen off or loosened ultimately need to be repaired using a thorough full exterior restoration procedure of removing the loose stucco, repairing any cracked areas, replacing building paper and mortar, and applying a three coats of stucco repair mixture. A high quality trowel should not only feel substantial but also be firm enough to not skid while still providing a clean finish.
Some homeowners prefer to repair the stucco themselves instead of calling in a professional. Although this can sometimes be accomplished, it should only be attempted after other methods have been tried. One thing to consider is that repairing your own damaged stucco is just as likely to cause damage of the same or greater magnitude as if you had just hired someone to repair it. Therefore, doing so without actually being sure that the repair is good enough can result in the repair failing. If the repair turns out to be poor, it is much more likely that the rest of the house will need to be replaced because it was not worth saving. Therefore, before repairing any part of your home, you should try to assess just how bad the damage is and if you think it can be fixed with a DIY approach or a professional’s help.
In most cases, if a stucco repair has to be done, then the homeowner should call in a professional stucco remediation company. These companies are experienced at the job and know exactly what steps need to be taken to repair the home. It is best to get estimates from several companies before making a final decision of which company to hire for the job. Most companies will give estimates in writing although some may still require a personal visit by the owner to assess the damage. Getting several estimates will ensure that the job is done correctly and that it will be done cost effective.
Once the stucco repair has been done, a new stucco system will be put in place to prevent any future problems. One thing that must always be done after any type of remediation is to seal the area to protect all materials that were used during the remediation process. This will prevent any sort of leakage that could happen after the repair is done. A simple caulk applied over the damaged areas will suffice. Before sealing, the area must be given several days to allow for the cement to properly dry.
Another common problem after a stucco repair is leaks or cracks in the walls. If these cracks get larger than 10mm, they may need to be filled using mortar. Small cracks should be filled using mortar and then painted using latex paint. However, if the damage is of a large size, then it is highly recommended that the entire wall is replaced with new stucco.
The problem with some traditional stucco repairs is that they often tend to crack, fade or just start to leak after a while. To avoid this problem, many home owners are now opting for a stucco mixed with a traditional resin mixture. By mixing traditional resin with stucco, the surface texture and color can be much better. In many cases, the paint used is also more durable and will not chip away as easily. These types of repairs are not as expensive as their traditional counterparts, but they do take more time to install and are not ideal for those with very limited budgets.
Whether you choose stucco mixed with traditional resin or stucco with a stucco repair mixture, it is important to pay attention to the amount of coats required. A standard stucco job usually only requires one coat of fixative paint. A more elaborate repair, such as one incorporating metal lath may require three or more coats. This is because the fixing of metal lath to wood is a very complicated process and requires high amounts of stucco to cover the exposed areas.