Learning About Industrial Supplies

Take Care Of Your Stucco Siding

There are a lot of people who are looking for ways to finish their house's exterior. Stucco has become a very popular choice. 


Stucco is actually a plaster. It's made up of some kind of aggregate, some water, and some kind of binder. The binder keeps the aggregate all together and the water makes it spreadable. There are different kinds of aggregate, for example, there are smaller stucco mixes that can be used inside the house, while the exterior mixes tend to have a larger aggregate. The aggregate can also have dye mixed in so that you can have the exterior of your house ending up with just about any color you want. If you are going to put stucco on the outside of your house, you need to make sure that you know how to maintain it. 


You want to make sure that you have the stucco sealed. That's because the plaster can absorb the moisture in the air. If it does absorb the moisture, then the stucco can start to crack. So, if you are sealing in brand new stucco, then you may want to go with any kind of regular masonry or concrete sealer. The sealant will absorb and sink into the stucco. That prevents the moisture from coming in. You will need to redo the sealant every few years just to make sure that you still have protection. If there are already cracks in your stucco, then you are going to want to go with something else. You will want to go with something like an elastomeric coating. That coating will go down into the cracks and seal them. It will also act kind of like glue, which means that it will hold everything together. The coating will also act just like any other sealant and keep further moisture from getting into the stucco. 


While it may seem funny to use water to clean your stucco since you don't want it to get wet, you should clean it off occasionally, since you don't want any mold or algae to stick on your stucco. Use a power washer to get the wall nice and wet, and then use a cleaner that is designed to be used on stucco. You want to make sure that you use a steady stream when you are spraying anything on the stucco so that you don't damage it. 

If you are going to go with stucco on the outside of your house, then you need to make sure that you take care of it properly. Contact a company that can help you with stucco trim for more information and assistance.