A Stucco repair is necessary in case of damage to your Stucco. Stucco is a highly decorative and hard durable surface made of cement, lime, sand, water and oil, it’s used for several purposes in the home, workplace, office buildings and many more. However, it requires some care and maintenance for its beauty and durability. In order to avoid further damage, it is very important to understand what damage occurs and to know the cause of damage before undertaking a Stucco repair.
The first and most obvious cause of damage is fire, Stucco is an absorbent material and will absorb heat quickly and will burn easily. In such cases you can use a heat resistant paint on the damaged area and that should help reduce the heat absorption and prolong the life of the damaged part. If a fire does not occur then there is another major cause of damage. If there is any moisture on the surface, the damage is not visible until it dries out and if this occurs too long then the damage may be permanent. Therefore, the best method of reducing dampness is to use proper drainage and this can be achieved by applying a liner or a concrete slab and then sealing the surface.
A further cause of damage is if you fail to inspect the Stucco and do regular maintenance checks. You should ensure that the Stucco is sealed to prevent moisture from penetrating through and that you remove any water-soluble materials such as algae, moss, lichen, pollen and other such items. When you remove them, you must ensure that you clean up any spills and stains. If your Stucco is heavily soiled, you can use a detergent and a sponge to get rid of any residual water. If this doesn’t solve the problem then you can either use a water based cleaner or make your own. It is also recommended that you clean the exterior of your Stucco regularly as it contains bacteria which can build up and affect the structural integrity of the material. Therefore regular cleaning will also allow the building’s structure to remain strong.
In case of damage caused by wind or high winds, the first thing you should do is consult your local building authority to ensure that the damage is not covered by the Building Act. They may be able to provide advice on whether the damage is covered by your local laws. Once your building authority has advised you that the damage is not covered, you should assess the damage. Look around the building and take pictures and if possible video the area. In order to do this you should have access to all areas of the building. If you do not have access to areas then a video camera is often useful. Once you have a clear idea of the extent of the damage you can apply for a Stucco repair.
If the damage is extensive or if there is a problem with cracking, you should check to see whether you have any leaks, cracks or any sort of air leaks in your Stucco. If you are using a Stucco repair kit you should check to see if it comes with instructions on how to fix any damaged areas. It is important to first check to see that the tool you are using is not harmful or can cause damage to your home or business. Also, if possible you should see if your local building authority is licensed to operate it and make sure that the tool is legal to use.
If you are unsure about what part of the building you need to repair then contact your local building department to advise them. They should be able to give you guidance on where the damage is located and how much repair needs to be carried out. It is best to take photographs or videos of the damaged area to enable you to assess the extent of the damage. You should also discuss the area with someone in your building. In most cases they will be able to help you decide if the repair can be carried out by a qualified professional company. If they believe that the repair is not worthwhile, it is likely to be time to look at other options such as replacing the damaged part of the building or perhaps the entire structure.