Did you know there is evidence of stucco dating back to ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans? Now that’s old! Stucco has really stood the test of time and continues to be a popular choice for its durability, versatility, and eye-catching textures.

Your stucco may not be that old, but let’s say you’re still looking to fix it up a little…maybe help restore it to its former glory days. You’ll be happy to know that old stucco can indeed be repaired. If you need stucco repair services in the Greene or Benton County area, give us a call or reach out online now. We’re here to help.

What Are the Signs That My Old Stucco Needs Repair?

Repairs on old stucco aren’t just one-size-fits-all. The current condition of your stucco varies based on things like harsh environmental conditions, extreme weather events, the settling of your home, poor workmanship when the stucco was installed, moisture intrusion, or just general wear and tear (because, hey, that’s what happens with age). These factors cause damage that is broad, so there are actually many signs your stucco may need repair. A few of the most common signs are:

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  • Staining & Discoloration: Staining and discoloration can occur from mold growth, rusting metal components, or improper cleaning techniques. Have you noticed any dark patches, streaks, or mold and mildew growth recently? These can all suggest there’s a more serious moisture problem within the stucco system. 
  • Cracking: Cracks can vary in terms of size and severity, ranging from simple hairline cracks, to larger, more extensive cracks. Although small cracks are relatively common, it is not something you should ignore. 
  • Efflorescence: This weird terminology refers to what happens when water evaporates from within the stucco or underlying materials, and soluble salts migrate to the surface. This creates the white, powdery look. While this substance isn’t necessarily dangerous, it indicates another underlying moisture issue.
  • Delamination: This occurs when the layers of stucco begin to separate or detach from each other. This is yet again another sign of moisture intrusion.
  • Blistering or Bulging: If you notice areas of stucco that appear to be bubbling, it could be a sign that moisture is trapped behind the stucco. This can happen for a number of reasons and should be looked at by a professional. 
  • Mold or Mildew Growth: Do you see indications of mold or mildew growth on the stucco surface? This is a sign of excessive moisture or even poor ventilation. It not only causes damage to the stucco system, but can also pose health risks.
  • Crumbling or Deterioration: If you are experiencing problems with your stucco crumbling, disintegrating, or even flaking when touching it, you will want to repair this to avoid further deterioration.

As you can see, a lot of problems tend to arise from moisture intrusion. Because this is hard for the average person to diagnose and fix, it is important to have someone come look at the underlying issue before beginning any types of repair. We don’t want you paying for more expensive repairs, or even the exact same repairs, down the road.

How Can Stucco Be Repaired?

Thankfully, regardless of the damage you have experienced with your current stucco, there are a few ways we can repair it. This might include one or more of the following:

  • Surface Preparation & Cleaning: Before we begin any repairs, we want to make sure the current stucco surface is clear of all dust, debris, and loose stucco pieces. 
  • Patching & Filling Cracks: Small cracks and damage localized to one specific area can be patched and then blended to match the surrounding stucco.
  • Re-anchoring: If the stucco has delaminated, we can drill a hole into the substrate, inject an adhesive material, and reattach the stucco to the surface with wire mesh.  
  • Re-texturing: When repairing a large area of stucco, it is necessary to match the texture and finish. The last thing you want is a bigger eyesore. 
  • Addressing Moisture Issues: Why would you want to start any of the previous repairs (that are most likely caused by water and moisture) before actually solving the moisture intrusion problem? Fixing this may involve improving waterproofing measures, repairing flashing, or enhancing drainage systems. We don’t really know until we get in there and assess the damage ourselves.
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Without help from a certified professional, this process can be extremely challenging and costly in the long run. Don’t hesitate to contact Ozark Stove and Chimney for all of your old stucco repair questions and concerns. You will be happy to know that we offer lifetime warranty on all of our work so we are confident you will be satisfied with our work. Don’t just take our word for it, check out the reviews left by previous customers.

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Looking for quality personalized care from experts in Greene County, Benton County, and beyond? When you’re ready, give Ozark Stove and Chimney a call at 417-201-6585 or schedule an appointment online.