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Traditional Stucco Q&A

Home with traditional stucco

What Is traditional stucco?

Traditional stucco siding is a mixture of Portland cement, sand, lime, and water. The benefits of using stucco on a home’s exterior include minimal maintenance, durability, and added fire resistance. Stucco application consists of a 2-3 coat system with a thickness from 5/8″ to 7/8″. Stucco is applied directly to CMU block and other masonry surfaces. When applied over sheathing like plywood, it requires two layers of moisture barrier and wire lath installation.

Can water leak through stucco?

Water intrusion through stucco itself can happen. Stucco alone is not waterproof, and even the most minor cracks can lead water in. We strongly recommend that a professional repair cracks and signs of lifting in your exterior stucco to avoid further issues. Snapping a picture of a minor crack or lifting and sending it to the professionals at Georges Quality (239) 231-0055 to get a quick quote is in your home’s best interest.

Stucco Damage Example

Is it possible to update my stucco texture?

Yes, it is possible to update your stucco texture. Updating the texture of your stucco is a great way to change the overall appearance of your home and give it a more modern look. Before updating the stucco texture, we strongly recommend inspecting the surface and underlying conditions. Any loose paint, rusted stucco or trim, and lifted stucco must be removed and repaired, so there are no adhesion issues, and your new surface is vital for many years.

Can I replicate other home exterior designs with stucco?

Stucco can be applied in creative and consistent ways by the right professionals. Stucco surface can replicate lap siding, board and batten, and other exterior designs. Southwest Florida residents battle the issue of woodpecker holes in their decorative foam pieces around the exterior of their homes. The stucco professionals over at Georges Quality have the capabilities to demo the decorative foam pieces and create the same design in stucco.

How long will my stucco last?

Stucco can last up to a century with very minimal care. The critical component is hiring trusted and knowledgeable professionals to install your stucco to have the potential for the long haul. We recommend occasional inspections by stucco professionals to catch issues earlier on and remedy them throughout the years. In southwest Florida, we recommend an inspection before and after hurricane season, and Georges Quality responds quickly to emergency leak situations.

Exterior Stucco Damage Examples