Fix Cracked, Flaking, Crumbling Stucco

Over time, cracks or crumbling areas in your stucco may appear due to weather, water intrusion or buildings slightly settling on their foundations. Flaking and crumbling at the bottom of the wall is normally caused from moisture being drawn from the surrounding soil. This is usually caused by the stucco coming in contact with soil and extended exposure to moisture which allows the salts and minerals contained in soil and cement based products to migrate to the surface. The most common causes are water from sprinklers continually soaking the wall or improper site drainage (water draining toward the wall). This can eventually deteriorate the stucco and cause delamination, flaking and crumbling.

DIY Repair Products

Stucco Repair Options

Most needed San Diego home stucco repairs are caused by deterioration as a result of water infiltration into the building structure, either through the roof, around chimneys, window and door openings, or excessive ground water or moisture penetrating through, or splashing up from the foundation. Left unrepaired, water infiltration will cause wood lath to rot, and metal lath and nails to rust, which eventually will cause stucco to lose its bond and pull away from its substrate. Additional considerations are if left unrepaired, the potential for the formation of mold and mildew within the wall and the eventual migration into the living/working areas of the structure.

Once the extent of damage has been determined, a number of repair options may be considered. Small hairline cracks in stucco usually are not serious and may be sealed with a thin slurry coat consisting of the finish coat ingredients. From a professional stucco repair standpoint, DIY commercially available caulking compounds usually are not suitable long term solutions for patching hairline cracks. Because their consistency and texture is unlike that of stucco, they tend to weather differently, and attract more dirt; as a result, DIY repairs made with caulking compounds may be highly visible, and unsightly. Larger cracks usually will have to be cut out in preparation for more extensive repair. Most stucco repairs of this type require the skill and expertise of professionals such as the stucco repair experts at Nurse Stucco.

Nurse Stucco offers complete stucco repair, recoat and restucco services – from extreme exterior makeovers including complete recoating or restuccoing with new colors and textures, fog coating stucco for permanent color, new construction structures or expansions with exact color and texture matching to the existing structure, to architectural foam door and window trim upgrades. We also provide professional plaster and stucco repair services to fix cracks and damaged stucco.

A Stucco  Technician For Any Size Job

Residential stucco repair and stucco patching are part science and part art…and both art and science are practiced daily by the highly skilled craftsmen at Nurse Stucco. In addition to the technical aspects of mixing the stucco components correctly, and applying the stucco to the area to be repaired or patched, the artistry comes into play with matching the exact texture to the surrounding areas, and blending the colors to render the repair invisible. Let the experts at Nurse Stucco provide their skill and experience to provide you with the perfect stucco repairs.

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Just because you can find home improvement magazine articles and YouTube videos showing you how to do DIY stucco repair doesn’t mean repairing stucco is a fast or an easy job. Repairing stucco is tricky because of its layered construction. Minor crack repair may be repaired at the surface with acrylic fillers as a DIY project, but most stucco repairs involve getting down to the substrate and repairing outward to the surface to make sure that the repaired surface will prevent unwanted water intrusion.

Complete Renovation Services

Nurse Stucco, Inc. has been serving the stucco and re-stucco needs of the San Diego residential community from the first day we opened our doors for business. We are experts in all phases of residential stucco & re-stucco construction with over 35 years experience. We pride ourselves in taking the time to provide you with all the information needed in order to make the best decisions about stuccoing your home. It is important to us here at Nurse Stucco, Inc. to provide 100% satisfaction for our customers.

We have a tested and proven track record of sustained superior performance, and Nurse Stucco is consistently rated A+ by the BBB. If you’re considering stuccoing or re-stuccoing the exterior of your home, please do not hesitate to contact us at (619) 561-7429 with your questions, and be sure to ask us for a free and no obligation quote for your stucco project. We believe you’ll choose Nurse Stucco for all of your residential stucco needs.

Tomorrow’s Homes Today

Nurse Stucco, Inc. has been serving the stucco and re-stucco needs of the San Diego residential community from the first day we opened our doors for business. We are experts in all phases of residential stucco & re-stucco construction with over 35 years experience. We pride ourselves in taking the time to provide you with all the information needed in order to make the best decisions about stuccoing your home. It is important to us here at Nurse Stucco, Inc. to provide 100% satisfaction for our customers. We have a tested and proven track record of sustained superior performance, and Nurse Stucco is consistently rated A+ by the BBB.

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If you’re considering stuccoing the exterior of your home, please do not hesitate to contact us at (619) 561-7429 with your questions, and be sure to ask us for a free and no obligation quote for your stucco project. We believe you’ll choose Nurse Stucco for all of your residential stucco needs.

What Is Fog Coat?

According to the Stucco Manufacturer’s Association (the world’s leading authority on the care and maintenance of Stucco), Fog Coat is a cement-based finish that in simple terms is stucco without the sand. It can be made in just about any stucco color (except the very darkest colors), and allows for patching, blending, freshening up, and re-coloring stucco.

Fog coating is the process that applies color to the original stucco while maintaining the porosity of the stucco. Fog coating is applied with a pneumatic sprayer, not unlike what you would think of as a paint sprayer. The nozzles are a bit different but otherwise fog coating looks like you are painting. Fog coating will adhere and bond to the original stucco texture and give the same or similar texture as what previously existed.

Why Fog Coating?

One of the big mistakes homeowners make with stucco homes is to paint them. Stucco was meant to breath and painting seals the stucco surface and it can’t breath so moisture can build up and create some secondary conditions, the least of which could be staining. Stucco finished homes are very common in San Diego, and Southern California. Stucco can come in many textures and patterns from a stippled sand texture to a troweled knocked down look. And when the stucco need freshening or a new finish, the first thing a homeowner thinks of is that the house needs painting.

The primary purpose of fog coating is to achieve walls of uniform color. The stucco fog coating process also allows for re-coloring stucco in addition to freshening up the existing color. Fog coating can also be used to overlay stains caused by dirt washed from roofs, discoloration due to soil clinging to and staining the base of walls and to cover non-removable efflorescence on the surface of newly-applied or aged plaster. Fog coating can be applied to any stucco texture, whether it be sand float, Spanish, brocade, dash or other.

Advantages Of Fog Coating

Fog coat is a more permanent and durable option than painting as fog coat becomes part of the underlying stucco, which never flakes, peels, or requires sandblasting. It’s an easy, economical, long-lasting application that can be matched to virtually any stucco color. So when it’s time to rejuvenate your stucco, applying fog coat is the smart solution.

Fog Coating Applied By Experts

The stucco specialists from Nurse Stucco will make sure that the fog coat is applied correctly to achieve the colorization or stain coverage desired. The professionals at Nurse Stucco are true artists with years of experience through which they have developed their talent and our people are the very best. The pride we take in every task is evident from both the finished product and our satisfied customers.

Nurse Stucco Inc. in San Diego offers the highest quality, most cost-effective stucco and cement-coated foam trim and moldings for residential and commercial structures. These architectural accents are specially crafted to beautify the exterior of your home while rendering maximum durability.

Stucco foam trim and moldings bring out the personality on the architectural design of any home. Stucco trim and moldings can be used on the exterior of your house, and will improve the look of your property. If you wish to add a bit of luxury to the exterior of your house, take advantage of stucco foam products offered by Nurse Stucco.

Architectural stucco products have both functional and decorative purposes. Though the main reason for installing stucco exterior products is to add grace and style to the exterior of the house, the second reason for adding the stucco foam products, is to hide the drawbacks and joints of the walls. Modernize the look of your house and add practical and beautifully designed stucco foam trim and moldings.

Why Nurse Stucco Inc. Architectural Foam Stucco Trim and moldings?

  • Nurse Stucco Inc. offers custom decorative and flat trims, arches, sills, columns, shutters, and more.
  • Custom stucco foam trim and moldings transform a present structure into something unique and absolutely appealing by giving ‘that perfect touch’ and ‘adding to the texture’.
  • Custom stucco foam trim and moldings are the most affordable architectural accents, without the weight of alternative construction elements.
  • Custom stucco foam trim and moldings require very little additional preparation work and are easy to add to your stucco project. Whether you are a homeowner, remodeler, or commercial builder, Nurse Stucco’s stucco and cement coated foam moldings provide the answer to transforming you stucco or re-stucco project for maximum curb appeal.

Homeowners and remodeling and building contractors in San Diego choose Nurse Stucco custom trim and molding products because Nurse Stucco custom foam products add architectural class, style and a more finished look to stucco homes and structures.

Fix Cracked, Flaking, Crumbling Stucco

Over time, cracks or crumbling areas in your stucco may appear due to weather, water intrusion or buildings slightly settling on their foundations. Flaking and crumbling at the bottom of the wall is normally caused from moisture being drawn from the surrounding soil. This is usually caused by the stucco coming in contact with soil and extended exposure to moisture which allows the salts and minerals contained in soil and cement based products to migrate to the surface. The most common causes are water from sprinklers continually soaking the wall or improper site drainage (water draining toward the wall). This can eventually deteriorate the stucco and cause delamination, flaking and crumbling.

DIY Repair Products

Stucco Repair Options

Most needed San Diego home stucco repairs are caused by deterioration as a result of water infiltration into the building structure, either through the roof, around chimneys, window and door openings, or excessive ground water or moisture penetrating through, or splashing up from the foundation. Left unrepaired, water infiltration will cause wood lath to rot, and metal lath and nails to rust, which eventually will cause stucco to lose its bond and pull away from its substrate. Additional considerations are if left unrepaired, the potential for the formation of mold and mildew within the wall and the eventual migration into the living/working areas of the structure.

Once the extent of damage has been determined, a number of repair options may be considered. Small hairline cracks in stucco usually are not serious and may be sealed with a thin slurry coat consisting of the finish coat ingredients. From a professional stucco repair standpoint, DIY commercially available caulking compounds usually are not suitable long term solutions for patching hairline cracks. Because their consistency and texture is unlike that of stucco, they tend to weather differently, and attract more dirt; as a result, DIY repairs made with caulking compounds may be highly visible, and unsightly. Larger cracks usually will have to be cut out in preparation for more extensive repair. Most stucco repairs of this type require the skill and expertise of professionals such as the stucco repair experts at Nurse Stucco.

Nurse Stucco offers complete stucco repair, recoat and restucco services – from extreme exterior makeovers including complete recoating or restuccoing with new colors and textures, fog coating stucco for permanent color, new construction structures or expansions with exact color and texture matching to the existing structure, to architectural foam door and window trim upgrades. We also provide professional plaster and stucco repair services to fix cracks and damaged stucco.