If you have stucco siding on your home, and some of it breaks off, you can easily repair it on your own. Here are four things you need to know about stucco repair.

#1 Wait For The Right Weather

The first thing you need to do is wait for the right weather before you repair your stucco siding. Extremely hot and extremely cold weather will cause the stucco repair material to not settle correctly, so wait for a nice, warm day before you do repairs.

#2 Remove All Loose Material

Next, before you try to fill in the crack or broken area of siding on your home, you need to remove all the loose stucco material from the area. All the loose pieces need to be removed because the compromised area may extend farther than it seems. If you try to repair the damaged stucco without removing all the compromised pieces, you may end up having to do another repair very soon.

All you need to do to remove the loose stucco is use a screwdriver or hammer to gently knock away all the excess stucco. Be sure to throw it away in the trash when you are done; you don't want your pets to pick it up and try to play with it or eat it.

#3 Make Sure The Damaged Area Is Not Smooth

Many do-it-yourself articles recommend that you smooth down the damaged area before you get to work. However, stucco is the one type of material where this advice does not apply. Instead of making sure the damaged area is smooth before you get started, you need to make sure that the damaged area is a little rough, and that the edges are not perfectly smooth.

The stucco will stick more easily to rough surface than a smooth surface, which is why you want it to be rough.

#4 Always Apply Two Coats

Finally, you should always apply at least two coats when repairing your stucco siding. To start with, a single coat generally will not look smooth and will not blend in with the rest of your siding. Additionally, a single coat is more likely to develop another crack, and lead to further repairs down the road.

In order to repair your stucco and have it look good, you need to apply at least two coats. Make sure you allow each coat to dry before applying the next one.

As long as you follow the four tips above when repairing stucco siding, your siding repair job should go well and should look great. When the next warm day rolls around, get outside and fix that damaged stucco siding. 

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