Upon seeing the seamless stucco on a house in Jax, it feels like a bulletproof sidewalk and its perfect foil stands against the harsh and wet weather of the city, standing the test of time and surviving the days.
However, it's important to take note that beneath the lush cloak of ivy, the cement shell is often a mess of cracks and buckling due to the water that gets underneath and damages the wood or lath under it. When this happens, you may need to repair your stucco.
Here are some tips you should take note of while doing stucco repair in Jacksonville, FL;
Wet stucco can be ruined by freezing temperatures so it is advisable to wait for nighttime temperatures that stay above 40 degrees before commencing repairs. Hot, dry, windy weather can also interfere by sucking out moisture the mix needs to cure properly. Work in the shade so the stucco doesn't dry too fast. Between coats, keep the patch moist by covering it with a plastic sheet.
The alkaline that can be found in wet cement can cause burns. As a result of this, when working with fresh stucco, wear gloves or touch the mix only with your tools, not your fingers. Keep a bucket of water nearby to wash any splashes off your skin.
No patch, no matter how expertly textured, will match the color of the old stucco around it. To do that, you need to apply a pigmented coating over the entire surface. Patches should be covered with a thick, acrylic elastomeric such as Loxon XP that bridges and seals hairline cracks. Other acceptable coatings include concrete paint, waterproofing, lime washes, and "fog coats" of pigmented cement. Whichever coating you use, make sure it's alkaline tolerant and permeable to water vapor. Otherwise, it will fail in no time.
Shovel the dry ingredients into a wheelbarrow and blend them with a mortar hoe. Add the acrylic bonding agent, then stir in water, a little at a time, until the mix reaches the consistency of buttercream frosting. Too much water will make it loose and unworkable. Too little it will remain “cakey”. Once water is added, the mix will stay usable for 30 to 90 minutes before it starts to harden.
Stucco repairs or exterior painting don’t have to be stressful; but you can save yourself the time and hassle of doing all of this alone and contact us to handle the stucco repairs in Jax, and be sure to get excellent service delivered to you. Our services are successful because of the quality of products and professional staff we have.