Stucco is a plaster-like substance applied over walls for appearance and durability. It is occasionally used on interior walls but is mostly frequently used on the exterior of homes and buildings. The classic forms of stucco are very sturdy building materials and have been used for hundreds of years. However, stucco does need maintenance and repairs from time to time and doing it properly is critical to preventing further damage. Simple DIY repairs and maintenance can be successfully undertaken by a homeowner, but larger scale repairs should be performed by an experienced contractor.
What is Stucco Made of?
Traditional stucco is made from lime (calcified limestone), sand, and water. More recently, stucco is being made from portland cement, sand, and water. Traditional stucco was very durable, easy to work with, and easy to paint. The materials also reflected heat and kept homes cooler making it particularly desirable for hot regions. Newer forms of stucco are less durable and can crack and deteriorate more easily. Preventative maintenance and repairs must be done by companies like Advanced Wall Systems Inc in a timely way to avoid more serious and expensive problems.
Tips for Simple DIY Stucco Repair Success
To make simple repair patches for modern stucco, mix ½ bag of portland cement, 6 shovel fulls of moist mason or brick sand, 1 shovel full of hydrated lime, and 1/2 c. of an acrylic bonding agent. If a smaller quantity is needed, be sure to keep ingredients in the proper ratio when reducing.
Combine all the dry elements in a wheelbarrow and blend them well. Add the liquid acrylic bonding agent, and then add water a small amount at a time. Continue stirring until the repair mixture takes on the texture of a frosting.
Some tips for successful mixing and simple repairs are:
Stucco is an attractive and tough building material that can stand up over time. By providing regular DIY preventative maintenance, larger and more expensive repairs will be less likely.
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