Repairing Stucco Holes
Stucco is an aesthetic finish and is also known for its resiliency and flexibility. Although it can survive at any given climate and weather conditions, it is more suited as a siding choice for hot and dry climates. This is because stucco finishes do not do well enough with climates that give excessive moisture and precipitation. However, stucco is not just for exterior walls; interior stucco finishes are a great option and solution for more durable and aesthetic walls, and can also be used to cover up deteriorating plaster walls. With that being said, we can say that stucco finishes are surely low-maintenance. But just like any other household materials, it can also wear down through time, so household owners should not be surprised if they any damage from time to time.
These damages, specifically holes, must and should be repaired as soon as possible as they pose potential problems in the future. It can grow bigger and let water get behind the wall, causing damage to your walls. Sure, stucco damages are such a hassle to deal with, but there are ways to repair it.
What Causes Stucco to have Holes?
Stucco holes are notorious for causing bigger problems and damages. It is very common due to cracks caused by the natural soil movement and expansion that happens in the ground due to temperature. It can also happen for some other reasons, such as:
- Stucco getting old
- The foundation and settling of the house was too weak
- Uneven stucco layers
- Did not install weep screed, which allows the moisture to escape the wall above the foundation
- The stucco layer that is applied was too thin
Tips on How to Repair your Stucco Holes
Repairing your stucco holes is relatively easy. By doing it, you should first consider some aspects. Stucco finish hole repairs will always depend on its depth, the length, and the cause of the hole. If the hole is just too small to be noticed or just less than ¼ inches, then it will be relatively easy for you to repair. This kind of hole repair is best done if you are going to paint the wall after the repair. Nevertheless, you must quickly remove all of the caulk that surrounds the hole. If you want to get the best results, painting the repaired area is always recommended.
Here are some tips for caulking your holed stucco:
- Always remember to apply the caulk in the morning. The sun causes concrete to expand, making the holes relatively smaller than at night.
- Apply caulk generously. Do not be afraid of putting caulk around and inside the hole as you can easily clean it afterward.
- Once the caulk is applied, you can always use your fingers to spread the caulk evenly. Make sure that the caulk reaches all of the hole’s edges.
- Once you applied all the caulk the hole needed, let it dry. If it shrank during the curing process, apply more.
- Once it is dry, it is now ready for painting.