While most homes have vinyl or aluminum siding, some homes have siding that is specific to an architectural style. For example, Mediterranean-style homes and Spanish villas often have stucco.
Modern stucco is usually made from cement, lime, sand, and water. It is applied over a metal mesh. While this mixture and application process is quite durable, nothing lasts forever, and stucco will require occasional repairs. Here is a look at the repair process for small holes.
Clean Out the Hole
Use a hammer and screwdriver or small chisel to remove any stucco stuck in the hole and to clean up the edges of the hole. You don't want ragged edges — you want clean boundaries. Once you have squared off the edges, use a shop vacuum to suck up any smaller stucco particles and dust.
Prepare the Hole for Stuccoing
Once you have the edges cleaned, cover the hole with new wire mesh. Try to duplicate the gauge of wire mesh already in place on the home, but standard honeycomb chicken wire is or even a finer wire mesh will work. Use construction staples to secure the wire mesh, making sure the staples are flush to the surrounding surface.
Get Ready to Stucco
Obviously, a do-it-yourself homeowner is not going to mix up a batch of traditional stucco compound. Instead, head to your local hardware or building supply store and purchase a small bucket of ready-mix stucco repair compound. This is often made from an acrylic mixture rather than cement, but the end result will look the same. You will also need a small masonry trowel and a putty knife.
Stucco the Hole
Open the container and take out a small amount of the repair compound with your putty knife. Using firm pressure, push stucco compound behind the wire mesh covering the hole. You want the hole to be completely filled with stucco compound. Allow the stucco you push into the hole to cure for 24 hours or as recommended by the manufacturer.
Depending on the type of stucco repair compound you use, it may shrink some and you will need to repeat the first step. Otherwise, use your putty knife to cover the hole with stucco compound about a quarter-inch thick. Smooth it out with the masonry trowel and allow it to cure again.
Finally, add the last layer of stucco compound and use the trowel to blend it with the surrounding stucco texture. After it cures, you can paint it. If you are not handy or if your stucco exterior has extensive damage, call a contractor like LP & Sons Brickote for help rather than attempting to complete the job yourself.
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