Hardcoat Stucco Repair, Lakeland, FL
Want to know the difference between hardcoat stucco and standard EIFS? Simple; just tap it. Hardcoat stucco doesn't have a foam under layer and is applied across strips called lath which are usually wood or metal. It's thicker than synthetic stucco which is why it feels more solid when you tap it. It's made out of Portland cement and lime and it looks like it. Properly applied hardcoat stucco is less likely to take a hit if you lean a ladder up against it or your kids kick footballs at it but that doesn't make it completely invulnerable and those hard coats will sometimes need a bit of tender loving care if they're to carry on looking great for another lifetime.
Direct to Masonry
When stucco is applied directly to the cement of a wall it should bond as cement to cement and give a really tough outer layer. Repairs are only really needed when water gets in or to refresh the look of the stucco which we can do with a refinishing that overlays new stucco on old. There's no point applying new stucco to damaged stucco however as that will only spread the problem so our professional stucco repair team first assesses the old hard stucco to find out why there is a problem in the first place. If it's simple impact damage we will chip away all the potentially loose stucco to leave only clean hard stucco that we then color match with new stucco.
If the problem is water damage then our professionals have a slightly more complex job to do hunting down the source of the spills. The commonest culprit is flashing which aims to seal the corners and seams of your outside walls but if applied incorrectly will help trap water in the stucco coat. Repairing the stucco in those cases is a job that starts with replacing the flashing because we have to identify and remove the original cause of the problem, not just patch over the symptoms. Lakeland Stucco Repair Pros are the experts in tracking down and solving those problems, not just patching them up.
Stucco on Lath
Where stucco has been applied to wood or metal mesh lath then we take care to inspect the remaining lath, not just stucco over it. Once again we remove all the old stucco that may be unsound and inspect the lath underneath it. The trick to good repair work is not just to replace unsound lath but to open up a larger area around it and replace all of that to give the new stucco a large sound base to be built on.
If your stucco is struggling to keep a grip on the wall then either the lath needs replacing or perhaps there is no lath and so the answer is to install metal lath that gives a firm grip to a new layer of stucco (and the top layers over that). Lakeland Stucco Repair Pros can build you a completely new area of stucco in problem locations that not only holds up but will perfectly match other stucco surfaces on your home.