If you have stucco siding on your home, it is attractive and can last for many years. Over the years, problems can happen, however, such as cracks and chips. Follow the two tips below so when you finish making your repairs your stucco siding will be in pristine condition.

Do Not Use Regular House Paint

Over time, stucco siding can start to look worn or stained or may have chips in it. If your siding is like this and you are planning to use house paint to paint over the siding, you need to think twice. This is because the paint will make your siding look worse instead of better because moisture gathers between the paint and the stucco. The paint will then peel over a short period of time.

Instead of house paint, you can re-dash the siding, which is adding stucco on top of the current siding.  When you are finished, your stucco will look brand new.

Purchase stucco at a home improvement store. Follow the instructions provided on how to properly mix it. Make sure you purchase enough so that it will cover the entire area, and then use a trowel to apply it over the siding. This will ensure the mix will have a smooth finish.

If your current stucco siding is very damaged, you should consider hiring a professional to add the new layer for you.

Use Caulk to Repair Scratches 

If you have small cracks on your stucco siding, you can use caulk that is made to be used for stucco to repair them. Put on a pair or latex or rubber gloves before you get started. Put some of the caulk onto your gloved fingers and wipe it over the crack. Use a clean, damp rag to smooth the caulking. The caulking should come with completely instructions on how to use it if you need them.

If you have a lot of vertical cracks on your siding, you should not repair them yourself. This is a sign that you have a problem with your foundation. For this reason, contact a foundation contractor to come to your home to look over your foundation to make sure there are no problems with it. If you have large cracks in your siding, a patching compound should be used to repair them, as caulking will likely not work.

If you have any questions about this, contact a siding contractor who has experience in working with this type of siding.