Boarding Up Your Windows Before Hurricane

Tips for Boarding Up Your Windows Before a Hurricane

boarding up stucco home

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused significant damage in 2017, and communities are still recovering. So while the rebuilding process continues, it’s a good time to prepare your home for the next hurricane season. If you live in coastal areas where these storms regularly occur, seriously consider investing in hurricane shutters. These permanent fixtures will save you time and money in the long run and are ultimately the sturdiest (and safest) option.

But if you’re in a pinch, follow this guide to boarding up your windows. We’ll cover how to board windows both from the inside and the outside, how to install the coverings for different house types—vinyl, brick, and stucco—the best materials to use, and the tools you’ll need. Let’s get started.

How to Properly Board Up Windows on the Outside

Important Tips & Supplies Needed
Supplies List:

  • Circular saw
  • Large washers
  • Plywood
  • Screws (corrosion-resistant recommended)
  • Measuring tape
  • Drill & drill bits
  • Barrel bolts (for masonry homes)

Quick Tip #1: The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) recommends using plywood that is ⅝-inch thick.

Quick Tip #2: Consider using PLYLOX window clips (also referred to as hurricane clips or tension clips). These clips are made from carbon steel or stainless steel and can be used to secure plywood. They don’t require drilling holes or nailing anything down. Instead, the h-shaped design holds against the window’s casing. Plus, they can be reused year after year.

Windows with Vinyl Siding

For homes with vinyl siding, make sure to measure the space you need to cover. You’ll want the plywood panels to overlap the window four inches to ensure your windows won’t get blown out. Make sure to drill holes into the studs of your home; the trim won’t be stable enough to withstand storms. Space out the holes so that you’re drilling them every 12 to 16 inches.

Windows on a Brick or Stucco House

If your home has a brick or stucco exterior, the process of boarding up your windows will look a bit different. Instead of measuring a border that extends beyond your window, you’ll want to place the plywood on the inside of your window frame. Use 4-inch barrel bolts to secure the panels and space them 15 inches apart.

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How to Board Up Windows From the Inside

Place security window films over the glass from the inside. While not as effective as boarding windows up from the outside, using films will at least keep the glass in place should the windows break. Glass window clips can also be used to ensure your windows stay shut.

How to Board Up Windows Without Plywood

If plywood sells out everywhere and you can’t get your hands on any, don’t fret: Alternative types of wood can be used. Try insulation board, oriented strand board, or polycarbonate panels instead. Polycarbonate panels are 60 percent lighter than plywood and still allow natural light into your home (especially helpful if the power goes out).

Please Note: This article was written by Taylor Eisenhauer for and was published there first.

If you need any help with your stucco repair project whether it is residential stucco repair or commercial stucco repair we will do our best to take care of your stucco damage. Call our office at (904) 606-5353 and our friendly staff will help you set up Free Estimate appointment with one of our experienced estimators. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Year of Home Improvement Splurge Spending

2018 – Year of Home Improvement Splurge Spending

Home Improvement

Data from around the industry indicates a gangbusters year for home improvement.

All signs point to high(er) home improvement spending in 2018, with much of the money going to outdoor living enhancements and hiring professionals.

Indicator one: Americans have more disposable income.

In January, real disposable income increased 0.6 percent from the same time last year – the biggest rise in nearly three years, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. It should come as no surprise that personal consumption also rose in January: 2.7 percent year over year, to be exact.

One historical constant in the remodeling industry is that when disposable income rises, so do the amount of home improvement projects homeowners are willing to take on. We saw it clear as day between 2011 and 2013, when the economy was rapidly improving and home improvement spending increased by about $6 billion in two years.

Indicator two: Homeowners admit they’re going to spend more.

Fifty-eight percent of homeowners, in fact, admit to increased budgets for home improvement projects this year, with 45 percent of those planning to spend at least $5,000, and the number of homeowners planning to spend more than $35,000 doubling since last year, according to LightStream’s fifth annual Home Improvement Survey.

So what are they spending on?

By a double-digit margin, outdoor living projects (43 percent) were the most popular among the surveyed homeowners, with decks, patios, and landscaping ranking at the top of the popular projects list for the fifth year in a row. Bathroom and kitchen remodels, at 31 and 26%, respectively, were also common responses, as was home repairs, which 28% of homeowners are planning. Since 2017, repairs was the only of those four project types that saw a decrease in the number of homeowners planning to take them on.

Home Improvement Most Popular Projects
Image courtesy LightStream

Another big finding from LightStream’s survey was that two-thirds of homeowners are planning to hire a professional for their projects. However, about half of those say that some of the work they’ll do themselves: all but the framing and structural work. The final third is the DIY group, which is largely made up of Millennials. Seventy percent of homeowners 18 to 34 do not plan to hire a professional. In the survey, young respondents explained their DIY inclinations, saying things like: “it’s more cost effective”; “(the work) gives me a sense of personal satisfaction”; and “I’ve done it before.”

The large number of DIYers does pose a problem for home improvement professionals, but it’s one likely not to be felt for a few years yet. For now, most homeowners are older. According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, the median homeowner age is currently 52, and 64 percent of homeowners are 45 or older.

2018 is the Year of Home Improvement Splurge Spending was originally posted on and was written by James McClister who is managing editor for Professional Remodeler.

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Atlantic Beach FL Expansion

Stucco Repair Contractor Atlantic Beach FL Expansion

Stucco Repair Pros would like to inform residents of Atlantic Beach, FL that our quality stucco repair services are not available in their city. We have expanded our services to Atlantic Beach, Florida in October of 2017. We are republishing our press release on that matter below.

It is now possible to schedule Free Estimates appointments for residents and business owners of Atlantic Beach, FL by calling our Jacksonville office at (904) 606-5353 or simply filling out our Estimate Request form. One of our professional estimators will contact them to set up Free Quote.

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Orange Park FL Expansion

Stucco Repair Contractor Orange Park FL Expansion

We would like to bring awareness to the fact that Stucco Repair Pros now offer services in Orange Park, Florida. Check out company’s Press Release which was issued at that time.
Free Estimate can now be scheduled for residential or commercial stucco repair by calling (904) 606-5353 or by simply filling out Estimate Request form on the right of this page. Our experienced estimator will be in touch with you ASAP to set up your no obligation FREE Quote.

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Yearlong Guide To House Cleaning

Yearlong Guide To House Cleaning

House Cleaning Guide

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My wife loves to keep our home in the best shape possible. Countless hours are spent every year on keeping up with clutter, dust bunnies, kid’s toys, window cleaning, etc. Not mentioning kitchen and all the bathrooms in the house. And that is only our home interior. I take care of the outside of our home, and let me tell you… That job never ends either.

Last week she came across great article from The Washington Post written by Lindsey M. Roberts. This article talks about how home maintenance done on annual bases will help us prevent costly repairs that are completely avoidable. I will republish this article in it’s entirety below. It has nothing to do with stucco repair at all, I hope you find it useful. So here we go…

A Yearlong Guide To House Cleaning, Starting With The January De-Clutter

By Lindsey M. Roberts
The Washington Post

Prevention is the best medicine with your house, as well as your body. “We go for our annual checkups to our doctor and dentist, so why not do it for our home?” says Mike Holmes, host of HGTV’s “Holmes on Homes.”

Annual maintenance will help prevent you from having to make an avoidable, costly repair, he says. For a comprehensive list of important annual maintenance tasks, we consulted with Holmes and other home-maintenance, cleaning and organizing experts. Stick to this basic list each month and your house will run like a machine.


Clean kitchen light fixtures. Becky Rapinchuk, author of “Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day,” recommends using a microfiber cloth or duster on glass shades and fixtures.
Declutter. Examine every room and try to get at least three bags of stuff out of the house, says Jill Nystul of the lifestyle blog One Good Thing by Jillee.


Dust baseboards and vents. If you don’t have a vacuum cleaner with a hose and nozzle attachment, Rapinchuk suggests using a long-handled duster or a broom with a T-shirt secured over the bristles.
Clean light fixtures in the living and dining rooms. Take down chandeliers if you need to do a deep clean, and wash the parts in a solution of one part vinegar to three parts warm water, Nystul recommends.


Wash and fluff pillows and bedding. Focus on bedding that doesn’t get washed every week, i.e., the down comforters, pillow shams and covers.
Turn, rotate and vacuum mattresses. Slowly use a regular vacuum or a mattress-specific vacuum such as the Raycop to get dust mites out of every nook and cranny, Rapinchuk says.
Test and replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.


Get the HVAC system serviced. Holmes says to use a professional technician in the spring and fall to prepare for the most extreme seasons. “Part of their regular maintenance should be to vacuum any debris from the furnace blower,” he adds.
Clean gutters. Remove leaves and debris and make sure the downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation, Holmes says.
Check decks and wooden exterior features. Perform a visual inspection annually. Do a deep-cleaning with a power washer, followed by staining and sealing, every three years, Holmes says.


Review contents of your emergency kit. If you don’t have an emergency kit, create one with a flashlight, batteries, candles, matches, a battery-powered radio, nonperishable food, bottled water and a first-aid kit, Holmes suggests. Also consider a backup generator.
Clean light fixtures in the master bedroom.


Get ducts and vents cleaned. Clean ducts will help with air quality and efficiency, Holmes says, adding, “Unless you have pets or suffer from major allergies, this isn’t a job you’ll need to do annually, but having the ducts cleaned every few years – or after a renovation – wouldn’t hurt.” Check dryer ducts, too.

Wash windows inside and out. Rapinchuk says her natural recipe for window cleaner works better than anything she has purchased. Mix four tablespoons of Castile soap, four tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and a half-gallon of warm water.

Check the attic. Make sure that there is sufficient insulation, that it is properly sealed with a vapor barrier, that vents are in good condition and that it’s well ventilated to let out moisture. “If your attic doesn’t have enough insulation, you could see instances of ice damming on your roof as heat escapes out of your home,” Holmes warns. “This can cause water to flow back toward your home.”
Clean light fixtures in other bedrooms.


Deep-clean the refrigerator and freezer. Consider containing and labeling items to make them more streamlined and attractive, Rapinchuk suggests, and don’t forget the pantry. Oh, and brush those refrigerator coils with a condenser coil brush.
Clean the dishwasher. Wipe down sides, check the trap at the bottom, and run an empty load with a cup or two of white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher, Rapinchuk says.
Dust ceilings, corners and ceiling fans. Try an extendible pole system with microfiber cloths.


Get an annual inspection of the chimney and fireplace. “When you use your fireplace, the chimney’s flue will begin to get coated with creosote – a highly combustible substance,” Holmes says. “A proper chimney cleaning will remove that creosote, lowering your risk of a chimney fire.” Get it done in August so the fireplace is ready to use when chilly weather sets in.
Touch up paint inside and out where needed. Summer can be a good time to paint before it’s too cold to leave doors open for off-gassing.
Clean light fixtures in living and dining rooms.


Trim back overgrown and dead branches. Pay special attention to trees near your home and electrical wires, Holmes says.
Check caulking and weatherstripping around windows and doors. If anything is missing or falling apart, replace it. “Use a rubberized caulking that can expand and contract with the home,” Holmes says, and look for leaks and openings around pipes and vents.
Clean light fixtures in the family room.
Wash and fluff pillows and bedding. Examine sofa pillows and throws for stains, too.
Turn, rotate and vacuum mattresses. Sprinkle a quarter-cup of baking soda that’s been mixed with an essential oil over the mattress. Let it sit for half an hour, and then vacuum it up, Rapinchuk recommends. If you don’t have a waterproof mattress cover, get one and launder it with your sheets occasionally.
Test and replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.


Get the HVAC system serviced.
Vacuum or sweep the garage. This is a good time to wash, vacuum and declutter vehicles, too.
Service and winterize outdoor equipment. Test battery-operated snow equipment, Holmes says. Drain fuel or add antifreeze to lawn mowers, weed whackers and other machines not stored in a heated area.


Clean gutters
Shut down water for winter. Before the temperature drops, drain and put away hoses. Drain and shut off sprinkler systems and outdoor water taps – don’t forget the tap in your garage, if you have one. Drain the line by turning the inside water off first.
Vacuum the basement or storage area. Purge things you no longer use.
Dust baseboards and vents. Baby wipes work, Rapinchuk says, as do white foam erasing sponges or a mixture of warm water and Castile soap.
Clean master bedroom light fixtures.
Dust ceilings, corners and ceiling fans.


Vacuum lampshades. You can also use a lint roller to remove dirt.
Assess holiday decorations before putting them away. Donate what you no longer use and throw away things that are broken.
Assess holiday decorations before putting them away. Donate what you no longer use and throw away things that are broken.
Clean light fixtures in the bedrooms.


Vacuum baseboards.
Vacuum and spot-clean furniture.
Wash kitchen and bath mats.
Polish wood furniture.
Wipe switches, phones, computer keyboards and remotes. Use antibacterial dish soap and hot water, or an antibacterial spray such as the one Nystul makes, with a cup of water, a half-cup of white vinegar, and five drops each of wild orange, melaleuca and lavender essential oils.
Wipe down appliances. Rapinchuk likes microfiber window and glass cloths for this. “For non-stainless-steel appliances, I just recommend soap and water or your favorite all-purpose spray cleaners. They’re going to be easier to clean. For glass, you’ll want to use a cleaner.” And for stainless steel, she uses white vinegar and runs a microfiber cloth in the direction of the grain. She says olive or coconut oil can help get gunk off range hoods.


Spot-clean walls. Check for fingerprints, smudges and smears, and wash with a solution of a half-gallon of warm water to one or two drops of Castile or dish soap.
Change furnace filters. “You want to do this at least every three months – but I change mine every month during the winter . . . because we’re getting more use out of our systems,” Holmes says. Consider getting a programmable thermostat, too. “It helps keep the home more energy-efficient,” Holmes says.
Clean bathroom light fixtures and exhaust fans.
Clean and seal or polish hardwood floors.
Clean window treatments and blinds. “For blinds, I’ll start with a vacuum cleaner and run it all over the slats, and then flip them and run it over it again,” Rapinchuk says. “Then use that same attachment and just do the windowsills, too. You can then take a microfiber cloth or a sock and barely dampen it with rubbing alcohol and get a bit of that film off.” For draperies, she either uses her vacuum cleaner’s drapery setting and nozzle or takes them to a dry cleaner.
Clean the oven. Use the self-cleaning feature, and if that doesn’t do the trick, Nystul puts a pot of hot water on one rack and a cup of ammonia on another rack. She lets it sit overnight in a preheated (and turned-off) 150-degree oven, then scrubs away the softened grime.

Read original Lindsey M. Roberts’ article.
Copyright © 2018, Chicago Tribune.


Like I mentioned before, this article has nothing to do with stucco repair services, but I would like to include some stucco maintenance tips…
I can’t stress enough the importance of yearly stucco inspections and stucco maintenance. We have entire post dedicated to maintenance of your exterior stucco walls. You can read entire Exterior Stucco Maintenance article to learn what to do to keep your stucco in the best possible shape.
We recommend performing these inspections before Florida rainy seasons start. It would be a great idea to do it at the beginning of fall, September or October, when cooler temperatures come in. When structure cools down it contracts and stucco cracks appear to be bigger and it is always better to do stucco crack repair when they expand.
If you notice any stucco damage on your stucco wall like cracking, peeling, bulging, or anything else that does not look normal, please call our office right away at (904) 606-5353 to schedule a free estimate. It is very important to take care of these issues as soon as possible. By doing that you will possible prevent further damage that will be a lot more costly to take care of.
So now that we all have our home work (pun intended) for entire year let’s get to it.

Duval County

Stucco Repair Pros Duval County, FL Expansion

Stucco Repair Pros are now service entire Duval County, Florida. You can read company issued Press Release below.
You can schedule your free stucco repair estimate by calling (904) 606-5353 or by filling out Estimate Request form on this page. One of our experienced estimators will contact you ASAP to set up an appointment for FREE Quote.

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Stucco Contractor Jacksonville FL

Stucco Contractor Jacksonville FL Stucco Repair Pros wanted to raise awareness of our service area.
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Stucco Repair Kits Resource Guide

Searching for Stucco Repair Kits?

Stucco Repair KitIf you are searching for stucco repair kits online you have a lot of options. In some of our recent posts, we have talked about some compelling reasons why fixing cracks in your stucco right away is always a great idea that will save you your hard earned cash. Sometimes residential stucco repair and even commercial stucco repair can be a simple project and it can be done by a DIY type homeowner or business owner themselves. They can save tons of money by not having to hire local professional stucco repair contractor. At least when it comes to minor stucco repair projects.

To get that done, sometimes all you need is some sealant and you’re on your way. We even went ahead and reviewed some of the top stucco repair caulk and sealants for you. But when that doesn’t get it done, sometimes you need to come into the job a little bit more…equipped.

How helpful are these kits?

Fortunately for all of you do-it-yourself types, both retailers and manufacturers have put together stucco repair kits for a more comprehensive approach solution. But how helpful are these kits? What are some of disadvantages to their employment.

This article on does a good job briefly introducing the idea of personal stucco repair and  goes over how  stucco repair kits can be utilized:

Stucco repair is a project that can be done by a homeowner themselves so they can save a lot of money on yearly maintenance. Many homes are covered with a stucco siding and benefit from the many advantages it gives. Through the years of having a stucco siding, homeowners will notice that there is some continued maintenance to make sure that the stucco looks good and provides the adequate protection to the home’s inner shell.

“Having a well rounded tool kit will help greatly with many different types of home repair. A basic compliment of hand tools and power tools adds greatly to the amount of projects that can be performed and the level of success with each project. However, there are some specialty items that will help to do projects that can not be done with a basic tool set. One of the projects is that of stucco repair. While you may need some items such as a hammer, chisel, or brush, there are other tools that are essential to stucco repair.

There are many types of kits available, often varying by the brand of sealer used as well as the types of tools that are or could be included. Which kit you need generally depends on the type of job you’re facing.

To help us, has this useful guide. It should help survey the types of kits that are available and where they may be found:

You can find a number of different stucco repair kits from leading home improvement stores like The Home Depot And Lowes, but do they really work and are all of them really an “all in one” type of solution for every type of stucco patch or crack?

I will reveal some of the advantages and disadvantages of these stucco kits, how to use them and where you can find them in this article, so you have a very thorough understanding of what to expect and how you can achieve professional results when doing these simple repairs. 

Stucco Repair Kits by Manufacturers

We also wanted to list just a few stucco repair kits that were mentioned in the articles we quoted above to get you started…

  • Rapid Set Patch Compound
  • Phenopatch Premixed Stucco Patch
  • DAP Stucco Patch
  • LaHabra Color Patches
  • Quikrete Base Coat
  • Quikrete 1 Coat Base
  • Quikrete Pre-Mixed Stucco Patch
  • Rapid Set Stucco Mix (video below)

Stucco Repair Tool Kits

Also, you would need a small arsenal of tools to perform those small stucco repair projects… So we will give you some ideas on those as well…

  • Trowel
  • Float
  • Chisel
  • Bucket and Flat Board
  • Paint Cans or Stucco Pigment

All things considered, stucco repair tool-kits are useful to the extent that they conveniently include all the basic tools needed for a repair job. This is ideal for average consumers who may not have construction tools lying around the house.

However, for the aforementioned do-it-yourselfer’s who may already have the requisite tools, pre-assembled kits may prove a redundant and thus may be a waste of money. Which are you?

Need Further Help Wit Stucco Repair Project?

In one of our earlier posts we made sure you know How to Choose the Right Stucco Repair Contractors to help you with anything stucco repair related and who can tell you if you in fact need a professional stucco repair contractor.

In the case of any stucco repair project, whether it is for your home or your business, gets a little too much you can always call Stucco Repair Pros to take care of it for you. There is not a project that is too small or too big for us. You can contact us by simply filling out our Stucco Repair Estimate Request Form or calling our office at (904) 606-5353 and we will rush to your rescue… We promise!

Top Stucco Crack Repair Caulk and Sealants

Stucco Crack Repair Sealant

Top Stucco Crack Repair Sealants

In recent posts, we’ve established that stucco crack repair in a timely fashion will save you money in the long run. Doing stucco crack repair before they create increasingly more serious issues is certainly important, but there’s a bit more to it. To do the job correctly the first time you have make sure you’re using a quality sealer.

Before we get into the minutiae of the caulk for stucco cracks world, this article form gives us a quick background of cracks:

Many homes that have stucco as an exterior coating have cracking issues, but most of them can be repaired quite easily. There are different kind of cracks that appear and knowing how to go about fixing them is half the battle.

There are different kinds of cracks, distinguished mainly by their size and pattern on the wall itself. One can determine the cause of the crack by looking at the wall’s design, the size of the crack and the pattern.

These cracks are anywhere from 1/16 of an inch to 1/8 of an inch wide (typically) and are easily and effectively repaired using caulking and paint.

Fixing stucco cracks is not that difficult… But what’s the point of repairing cracks in stucco, only to have to repair the repair? Below we’ve compiled a quick list of the top three sealers. The criteria by which we rated sealers emphasized cost, availability, overall practicality, and of course consumer reviews.

Stucco Crack Repair Sealants

Mor-Flexx Caulk
Mor-Flexx is elastomeric with powerful adhesion. This means it stretches and won’t tear, crack, or pull away. It Spans gaps up to 3″ wide with no slump. Textured and paintable, its easy to clean up with soap and water.

Through the Roof Sealant
Through the Roof is the clear, ultra-elastic sealant made to permanently stop and prevent roof leaks. It effectively seals around a variety of roof fixtures without the messy look of asphalt. Plus, Through the Roof won’t dry hard and crack like traditional asphalt repair products and lasts 20 times longer. It expands and contracts with temperature changes, leaving you with a stucco crack repair that sticks but won’t stick out. Lastly, in case you need to use it for surfaces other than stucco, it adheres to metal, plastics, asphalt, brick, ceramic tiles, concrete, stone, mortar, stucco, polyurethane, glass, terra cotta, cement, wood, cloth/canvas and polyisobutylene.

Red Devil 0646
Ideal for patching cracks in steps and sidewalks or repairing mortar between bricks, stone and cinder block. Red Devil’s 0646 has a textured finish that blends with stucco and provides excellent outdoor durability. Ideal for exterior stucco crack repair use, it is also easy to clean up with water.

Now that you have a snapshot of what type of sealers to choose from for fixing cracks in stucco, below is a quick video tutorial to give you some sense for how to do this yourself and what stucco crack repair caulk to use. Sometimes, when it is a small and simple stucco crack repair, you can do it without hiring commercial stucco repair or residential stucco repair contractors:

Any remodel, stucco patch or any other stucco repair job is only as strong as its weakest element. There is little point in being frugal with your stucco repairs, only to compromise on quality and cost yourself more money down the line. By using a top rated sealer, and by adhering (pun intended) to a sound exterior stucco repair process, you can eliminate the need for stucco repair contractors, appointment windows, and have more time for other home renovations.

There are situations when you can not and should not do needed repairs yourself. For those times we wrote an article that talks about How to Choose the Right Stucco Repair Contractors. We think it will be great help to you and will shed a lot of light on how to hire the best stucco repair company for your project.

Also, please do not forget about maintenance for your stucco house. This article gives you some Exterior Stucco Maintenance Tips. And if you are not sure if you actually need to call stucco repair contractor to check out the condition of your home’s stucco exterior in this article we go through Exterior Stucco Maintenance Tips.

Stucco Repair Pros of will be very excited to help you with any of your stucco crack repair projects or any other stucco repair needs you have. Please call our office at (904) 606-5353 to schedule a free quote or you can simply fill out our Estimate Request form on top right of this page. We will be very excited  to help you.

Professional Stucco Crack Repair Saves You Money

Stucco Crack Repair Services Will Save You Money.

Stucco Crack Repair Jacksonville FL

Stucco crack repair… As you may already know when it comes to siding a house, stucco is nationally one of the most popular choices among homeowners. One of the hallmark features of stucco that delineates it from, say, wood or panel siding is that stucco is a continuous plaster covering the entire surface of a structure rather than a series of joined, prefabricated segments.

This unsurprisingly gives stucco a few distinct advantages. For example, since the surface of the house is seamless layer of plaster, it eliminates any ‘weak points’ usually created along the seam of siding segments. Additionally, stucco is much less susceptible to mold and fire issues.

For stucco to do its job, however, it has to be properly maintained. This means addressing any stucco cracks or other stucco damage that could happen along the way.

How Stucco Cracks Happen

In the following article Kevin Hughes of Performance Painting Contractors, Inc. details how cracks can happen and the problems that untreated damage can cause. He writes…

Though cracks in stucco can occur due to different factors, including wrong mix proportions, insufficient mixing, poor workmanship, seismic movement and seasonal changes, two leading causes of cracks in stucco are the house settling process and shrinkage-induced stresses, which typically occur during the drying period. Now that you know why stucco cracks, let’s find out how serious a stucco crack can be.

Hairline cracks aren’t as serious as deep cracks. However, they can provide a pathway for moisture and water to enter into a wall system. Once moisture or water gets inside a wall, it will inevitably cause further damage. As an example, water that gets behind stucco will soften the material it comes in contact with, eventually causing stucco to break away and fall off in sheets. Moisture and water trapped inside walls can lead to additional problems, such as paint failure, wood rot, mold growth, musty smell, swollen drywall and irreparable damage.

You can read his article about how serious are stucco cracks in it’s entirety .

Stucco Crack Repair Vs. Stucco Replacement

Considering the potential problems stucco cracks can lead to, you are left with two real choices of action: replace or repair stucco. Though complete replacement has it’s advantageous, it tends to be the more costly route and may not always be necessary.

In this article, guys at Nolan Painting talk about stucco crack repair versus stucco replacement:

If you already have plaster or stucco on your walls, removing it entirely can actually be more costly than simply calling in the professionals for repair. Even after you take off the surface layer, you’re then faced with the cost of installing an entirely new interior surface. If your home already has plaster or stucco, quality care and upkeep are investments that just make sense.

Read full article about stucco repairing vs. replacing stucco.

Repairing Stucco Cracks

So you know stucco cracks should be addressed sooner rather than later and you’ve decided to repair it. Now what? Well, your course of action depends on the type of damage you’re dealing with. While deep cracks and other significant damage should generally be handled by professionals, hairline cracks can make a great do-it-yourself project.
In the following article, The Stucco Guy outlines how to properly identify and fix hairline cracks in your stucco and the supplies you need to do so:

Many homes that have stucco as an exterior coating have cracking issues, but most of them can be repaired quite easily. There are different kind of cracks that appear and knowing how to go about fixing them is half the battle.

There are different kinds of cracks, distinguished mainly by their size and pattern on the wall itself. One can determine the cause of the crack by looking at the wall’s design, the size of the crack and the pattern.

Complete article about stucco repair.

As you may already very well know stucco provides homeowners with many great benefits, but to do so, it must be properly maintained. Regardless of the reason, stucco cracks and other stucco damage will happen to every home sooner or later. By hiring  professional stucco repair contractors to perform stucco repair services to take care of an affected region in a timely fashion, homeowners can save time, money, and any future damage that stucco cracks can create.

Stucco Repair Pros of will be excited to take care of any of your stucco crack repair or any other stucco repair projects for you. Please call our office at (904) 606-5353 to schedule a no-obligation quote or you can simply fill out our Estimate Request form on top right.. We will be more than happy to help.

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