How long does it take for exterior stucco to dry?

Usually, there are three coat layers in a stucco. They are the scratch coat, thick brown coat, and the finish coat. You can color the final layer of the stucco. After mixing and applying the stucco, adequate time should be given for it to dry. The firmness of the outside appearance of the stucco does not establish that it is dry. Water is absorbed in different layers of stucco. The drying of the stucco is Read more…

How long should stucco dry before it rains?

To have durable stucco, it is a must to let it dry properly. To rely on the weather and just sitting around will bring havoc down your Stucco. If you are following the standard procedures, then it is not enough. After applying Stucco, the minimum moist-curing time is 48 hours. Experts do not recommend the moist-curing phase when the humidity is near 75 %. The specified time is required to have adequate strength and have Read more…

Water Damage in Stucco: What your should know

Cladding your house with stucco is a great choice. It offers a durable, solid, and effortless siding and some advantages including natural fire resistance, easy maintenance and, durability.Stucco can also resist fungi and flaws. The layer also keeps the house cool during summer and warm in winter. Stucco is moisture resistant. However, this is not absolute; there is a possibility that stucco can be vulnerable to water damage. It absorbs water in the alveolar and Read more…

What causes holes in stucco?

Stucco is quite popular among home owners, architects and contractors because of its durability, efficiency and affordability as well as superior aesthetics. Stucco can stand against hurricane force winds, water damage and last a lifetime, if installed properly. On the other hand, it is prone to problems like holes, cracks, bulges, water damage etc., when not installed properly. Unfortunately, it is also not protected from the damage, particularly, holes that the woodpeckers and other birds Read more…

Synthetic stucco maintenance

EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) is also known as synthetic stucco or Dryvit. It is the composition of fiberglass mesh, a primer base coat and foam insulation. Actually, co-polymer resin is used to make synthetic stucco. Almost all the EIFS systems are specially developed using 100% acrylic binder. In fact, to some extent, it is like paint. Consequently, if installed and maintained properly, it tends to maintain the actual shape and look for many Read more…

Is eifs stucco still used?

A tweaked version of stucco, Exterior insulation finishing system or EIFS has gained popularity among homeowners due to its unique texture, weather sealing features and competitive cost. However, it has gone through an era of lawsuits and backlash in the United States. Due to multiple lawsuits in the 1990s by EIFS homeowners, EIFS saw a large decline in its usage. Insurers started to look away as lawsuits poured in. Much of the concern has been Read more…

Signs of EIFS Problems

EIFS or synthetic stucco has been in use for a long time now. However, it got very popular in the 1990s. At the same time, side by side, stucco problems started to show up. Consequently, a huge number of class-action lawsuits started to sprout up before the courts. All of those expensive lawsuits’ raised one paramount issue, which was water intrusion or water damage. Therefore, if you own a house that has EIFS on it, Read more…

How often does stucco need to be replaced?

Like most people, I consider stucco a very stable building material. So I am wondering how long stucco can withstand the weather and time. I have done my research and here is what stucco home owners should know. Most new houses can easily last 50 years if it’s made of stucco. Well maintained stucco with acrylic-polymer finish will cross 100 years. However, it may take as little as two years for damage to occur in Read more…

EIFS Moisture Test

Almost all of the stucco EIFS that has been built today has a sewage system installed in it that will allow moisture to drain off. In fact, the new ones are of premium quality and high durability. Unfortunately, similar to every other development project, contractors required over several years and billions of pounds to find out the best way to use it. Due to this reason, tens of millions of previously built EIFS stucco structures Read more…

Wetting Stucco before Painting

Since stucco is hydrophobic, water is an important catalyst for chemical substances that help to harden and heal this material – and that is why it is recommended to moisturize for most of the day, as it keeps the cement moisture high enough to hydrate or heal. You can update the old stucco siding with the application of exterior paint. The stucco holds the paint well, and as long as the siding is in good Read more…