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What is the most common cause for stucco damage?
There is no question that stucco’s arch enemy is water. Most stucco deterioration and resulting infrastructure damage is the result of water infiltration.Moisture intrusion and the resulting damages most often occur through the roof, around chimneys, window and door openings.Water infiltration will cause structural wood to rot, and metal lath and nails to rust, which eventually will cause stucco to lose its bond and pull away from its substrate.

Can the stucco damage I noticed be repaired with a new coat of stucco or by “filling in the cracks”?
Yes, most of the time we can repair the stucco in an isolated manor by simply patching.  Some times patched areas will be noticeable.  After the cause of deterioration has been identified, any necessary repairs to the structural components and substrate should be made before repairing the stucco. Such work is likely to include repairs designed to keep excessive water away from the stucco, such as roof, gutter, downspout and flashing repairs, improving drainage, and redirecting rainwater runoff and splash-back away from the building.

How is the extent of damage (both obvious and out of sight) determined for repairs?
Before beginning any stucco repair, an assessment of the stucco should be undertaken to determine the extent of the damage and how much must be replaced or repaired. Advanced Stucco Repair, Inc provides free assessments and can recommend a certified stucco inspector upon request.   

How do I understand different types of stucco products?
There are many contemporary stucco products on the market today. Many of them are not compatible, either physically or visually, with historic stucco buildings. Such products should be considered for use only after consulting with a historic masonry specialist. However, some of these prepackaged tinted stucco coatings may be suitable for use on stucco buildings dating from the late-nineteenth or early-twentieth century, as long as the color and texture are appropriate for the period and style of the building. While some masonry contractors may, as a matter of course, suggest that a water-repellent coating be applied after repairing old stucco, in most cases this should not be necessary, since colorwashes and paints serve the same purpose, and stucco itself is a protective coating.

When is total replacement necessary?
Complete replacement of the stucco with new stucco of either a traditional or modern mix will probably be necessary only in cases of extreme deterioration-- that is, a loss of bond on over 40 to 50 percent of the stucco surface. Another reason for total removal might be stucco has been so compromised by prior incompatible and ill-conceived repairs that patching would not be successful.

Stucco has been around for a long time - what different textures are available?
Most of the oldest stucco in the U.S. dating prior to the late-nineteenth century, will generally have a smooth, troweled finish(sometimes called a sand or float finish), possibly scored to resemble ashlar masonry units. In some regions, at least as early as the first decades of the nineteenth century, it was not uncommon to use a roughcast finish on the foundation or base of an otherwise smooth-surfaced building. Roughcast was also used as ah overall stucco finish for some outbuildings, and other less important types of structures. A wide variety of decorative surface textures may be found on revival style stucco buildings, particularly residential architecture. These styles evolved in the late-nineteenth century and peaked in popularity in the early decades of the twentieth century. Some of the more picturesque surface textures include: English Cottage or English Cotswold finish; sponge finish; fan texture; adobe finish,and Spanish or Italian finish. Many of these finishes and countless other regional and personalized variations on them are still in use. The most common early-twentieth century stucco finishes are often found on bungalow-style houses, and include: spatter or spatterdash (sometimes called roughcast, harling, or wetdash), and pebble-dash or drydash.

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