Clearcut Utah specializes in Stucco Repair

Stucco is a long-lasting, durable choice for your building’s exterior. It’s versatile and can be applied smooth or in rough, textured patterns. But while it is a strong, affordable choice for your building or home, just like any other material, it could be at risk for damage.

Common Stucco Problems

If you detect the signs of stucco damage early you may be able to fix it with a partial repair, saving yourself from the time and costs of a full replacement. To help you detect these signs, we’ve compiled the ways stucco can go wrong and how to detect them. If you’ve spotted early signs of stucco damage, bring an expert out to assess the damage as soon as possible.

While some signs of a much-needed stucco repair may be easier to identify than others, they all need to be addressed quickly to stop further damage from occurring. Whether you’ve noticed the beginning phases of stucco damage or need a full replacement, Clearcut Utah can help. Contact us to help determine the right solution for you.

  • Weather

    Things like rainstorms, earthquakes, hailstorms or strong winds can easily damage your stucco.

  • Improper Composition

    When stucco – a mixture of cement, sand and water – isn’t balanced and mixed properly it can result in water damage.

  • Improper Installation

    Even properly balanced and mixed stucco can’t avoid water damage if it was installed improperly. This can occur if a flashing – an attached piece of metal used to prevent water from passing through – is installed incorrectly, or if your stucco was installed with gaps or holes.

  • Interior Issues

    Though environmental causes are most common when it comes to stucco water damage, your problem could be coming from indoors. Water damage can be caused by a burst pipe, a leaky air conditioner or even a misplaced sprinkler that has water landing on your walls, not your flower beds.

  • Don’t Paint Stucco

    Did you know you should never paint stucco?  Stucco is a porous product that needs to breathe. Painting stucco not only will void any warranties you have but it can do more damage to your walls by trapping moisture inside your walls. Also paint will only temporarily cover the cracks.  However, you can resurface your color coat which properly repairs your cracks and  gives you an extended warranty on your stucco and allows you to change the color of your walls to whatever color you want.

Stucco Water Damage

Water damage is the most common and most expensive form of stucco damage. Water damage on your stucco has some key warning signs. Check your stucco for cracking, chipping, impact marks from weather damage or even holes.

Another sign is staining or blistering on the top layer of your stucco wall. Staining can look like brown streaks under the corners of your windows or at the intersections of roofs and walls, whereas blistering stucco is noticeable when loose pieces of stucco crumble off, leaving your wall looking patched and cracked.

If you’re noticing water spots on your stucco long after the rain has stopped, this is also a good indication that your stucco is not draining properly. Keep an eye out for mold, or even a mildew smell to help warn you of a potential problem.

Wildlife Stucco Damage

Sometimes, even the toughest of stucco is no match for a very determined animal looking for food or shelter.

Termites have been known to munch on stucco, and squirrels are willing to eat away at your siding for the chance to create a nest in your walls. Woodpeckers are another big offender, known to often hammer away on stucco, leaving traces of little holes. Since they return to places annually, these birds can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of damage a year over year.

When looking for wildlife damage to your stucco, be sure to look for holes, big and small, or look for where your stucco has been torn away or no longer meets the ground evenly.

To ensure that your stucco stays safe from future wildlife damage, be sure to consult with your local wildlife or exterminator experts for options including installing physical deterrents, taste repellents, or removal in addition to having the appropriate repairs done.