• Exterior Stucco, Perfectly Protected

    Published 5/24/2013

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    If you’re fortunate enough to live in a house with a stucco exterior, you know that texture is one of stucco’s most outstanding aesthetic features. However, it’s that same appealing texture that makes maintenance a little more challenging than with wood, aluminum or vinyl siding. Stucco’s rigid finish tends to crack slightly over time due temperature swings. Dirt, bits of leaves, mold, pollen and environmental pollutants find countless crevices to settle into, potentially staining, discoloring or even damaging the stucco.

    A Homeowner’s Checklist

    Look for: Take action:
    Dirt and leaves on exterior walls Wash away these mold carriers
    Cracks in the surface of the walls
    Clean and dry the area, then fill in
    Openings where surfaces join(trim, windows, doors)
    Clean and dry the area, then fill in
    Clogged roof gutters
    Clean out so rain does not run down wall
    Damaged flashings around doors, windows or chimneys
    Repair or replace to create a tight seal

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    Groundwork for an exciting new color

    Even with recommended, regular light-duty maintenance, the time will come when you’ll want to refresh or change the color of your stucco, and the possibilities are inspiring! Earth tones, bright colors, fresh white – make the choice that suits your personal style.

    But first make sure the stucco is ready to receive its beautiful new color. At the very least this would involve cleaning the damaged areas, removing loose stucco materials, and sealing minor stucco cracks with a high-quality, textured, elastomeric caulk to match the existing stucco texture. More severe stucco damage may require removing larger sections of the stucco and repairing the substrate before repainting.

    If you’re interested in recapturing the original beauty of your stucco, don’t hesitate to give CertaPro Painters a call at 1-800-462-3782 for a free, no-obligation estimate.

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