If your home is in need of stucco repair in Back Bay, we are the masonry team that can help. With nearly four decades of experience and a dedication to quality craftsmanship, we can have your home’s exterior looking as good as new in no time.
One of the most important elements to a stucco repair in Back Bay is matching the texture of the existing and still intact stucco. There are a variety of textures used when applying this exterior coating, from fine and medium pebble dash to trowel and freeform designs. Every application technique creates a unique pattern in the material, and, if the texture pattern isn’t a match to your original exterior, it will create noticeably mismatched results.
The Stucco Repair Process
Stucco repairs are performed in stages and generally take about 8 days to complete. This is because the material has to have time to cure in between coats, in order to create a durable, professional finish.
- The first thing that needs to be done to perform a stucco repair in Back Bay is to remove all of the damaged material. This is done with chisels and hammers, until the underlying wire mesh is exposed. If the wire mesh underlayment has rusted, due to water infiltration, or if it has been damaged in any other way, new mesh is installed.
- Next, the area to be repaired is cleaned and moistened. Then the first layer of stucco is applied, filling the gap in the wall but leaving about a quarter of an inch of a recession to accommodate the applications of the second and third layers. Once this first layer firms, it is texturized so the next layer of material will adhere to it. This initial layer is left to cure for at least 2 days.
- After the first coat has cured, it is dampened and then the second coat is applied, leaving about an eighth of an inch of a recession to accommodate the final layer. Moistening the stucco helps to ensure the strength of the repair. This second layer is left to cure for at least 2 days.
- Lastly, after the second coat has cured, it is moistened and then the third and final coat is applied, filling the gap completely to match the surface level of the existing stucco. Once this layer is applied, it is textured and then left to cure for at least 4 days, before it is painted and finished.
Common Causes of Cracks in Stucco
Stucco is a cement or lime-based plaster, and when properly applied, it can literally last for hundreds of years. However, environmental conditions and foundation settling can cause premature breakdowns in this otherwise durable coating. Water is one of the biggest culprits, when it comes to stucco damage, and it can penetrate your exterior coating in a number of ways.
- Clogged and overflowing gutter systems can lead to material erosion and allow water to seep between the stucco and the underlying wall of your home.
- Plants, such as ivy, growing up the side of your home, can burrow into the material and cause cracks that also provide entry points for moisture.
- Rising damp, or water that is absorbed from the ground, can creep up into the stucco, depositing salt crystals and causing cracks and crumbling, when the water from the rising damp freezes and expands.
Water infiltration will cause both your stucco and exterior paint to bubble, crack and peel, which is unsightly. But, more importantly, these defects can lend to further – and more costly – damages to your home.
Cracks that allow water to seep in between stucco and its substrate materials can: lead to the rotting of exterior wood walls, facilitate the growth of mold spores that can affect your family’s health, and create a gateway for termites and other insect infestations.
Repair or Replace
If you are in need of stucco repair in Back Bay, and your home was built prior to 1977, you may have to have your old exterior coating tested for asbestos. Any stucco containing asbestos must be removed by professional, state certified abatement contractors, and it must also be disposed of according to the laws of Massachusetts. Asbestos is considered hazardous waste and must be dealt with accordingly.
If your home needs stucco repair in Back Bay, give us a call and schedule your free on-site estimate. We guarantee that you will be happy with the results.