Stucco siding is an extremely popular siding option that provides a highly durable and aesthetically pleasing shell to your home. However, though it is highly durable, stucco siding still has to be regularly maintained in order to protect the luxurious aesthetic that it provides. Thankfully, stucco maintenance is a fairly simple process that does not take a lot of time with the right tools and knowledge.
Small cracks in stucco siding can develop over time due to your house settling or simply general wear and tear and weather exposure. If left unchecked, they can expand and provide a pathway for water to seep into your home, which can promote mold growth.
Thankfully, small cracks in stucco siding can be filled in with elastomeric paint, which is a special type of masonry paint that is available at most hardware stores.
However, if the cracks that have developed in your siding are larger than hairline cracks, you'll need to call in a professional to apply a stucco patch over the area in question.
Dirt and Staining
Dirt and stains that have become stuck on your stucco siding can be cleaned off using a standard low pressure washer. Take care to not use a high pressure washer on stucco, as you can damage the surface of your siding.
Use common laundry detergent or soap with the low pressure washer for more stubborn stains. If the water pressure alone is not enough to clean off the stucco, you can use a stiff bristled brush to work on the area in question.
If discoloration has started on your siding, usually accompanied by a foul odour, mold or mildew may have started to grow on your stucco. You'll need gloves, protective goggles, a bottle of bleach, a stiff bristled brush, a bucket, and a hose. You may also want to get coverings to protect any nearby plants, and cover them before you begin.
Use the hose to rinse off the area in question, and then combine three parts hot water to one part bleach in a bucket. Then, use the stiff bristled brush to apply it the area.
Let the bleach solution sit for fifteen minutes. You should see the mold begin to turn white as the bleach kills it. Then, vigorously scrub the area to remove the now dead mold.
Then use the hose to rinse off your siding. Repeat the process as needed until the entirety of the mold has been killed and rinsed away.
A service like Simpson Windows and Doors installs siding and can help you learn more.
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