Stucco Sealing, Lakeland, FL
Cement is legendarily tough – literally the sort of stuff you'd want to build a bomb shelter from, and stucco is a cement based product, but even so our local climate is waging a war on your stucco and it has the advantage of time on its side. After long enough the Florida combo of sun, rain, and wind will start to get the better of any wall covering, and that process can be greatly accelerated if your stucco wasn't perfectly applied in the first place. Which is why we recommend sealing your stucco to even out the odds in that battle with the elements.
You might wonder why you'd want to have your stucco sealed when the hardware stores are selling waterproof paint to slap on stucco yourself. The paint is cheaper than sealant and anybody with a roller can paint a wall, right? Well in some cases waterproof stucco paint can be the answer and can do a pretty good job, but only if it's properly applied and even then it will never be as reliable and durable as proper stucco sealant. One of the biggest problem with owner-applied waterproof paint is that in some situations the paint can actually trap water within the stucco which will only lead to further problems with mold and damp in the walls. In others the paint combines with loose cement to form chips that dry and then flake off which can actually help the water get a toehold in the layer behind the stucco. So we'd recommend sealing, but we're happy to advise on which approach is appropriate for your surfaces.
Proper stucco sealant is more waterproof than waterproof paint and unlike the paint it is designed specifically for stucco and will bond better with it than paint ever can. As part of our professional waterproof stucco sealing treatment we will also seal the edges of stucco with high quality industrial caulking that prevents any water ingress along the edges that might interfere with the surfaces themselves.
Another thing that stucco sealant can do that waterproof paint simply cant is handle smaller cracks. While it's true that any serious cracking will require stucco patching (which of course we also offer) the smaller cracks can be treated by the sealing process itself without any further treatment. Naturally the judgment call about whether the cracks need more attention than sealing or not is best left to the experts but hey, that's exactly what we're good at.
One of the key benefits of professionally prepared and applied stucco sealant is that it actually gives a breathable layer which is something waterproof paint does not. So where waterproof paint can actually trap any existing damp and help force it into the very surface the paint is supposed to be protecting, our professional sealants not only keep the rain and water out, they also help expel any moisture build up that may already be present. Stucco is a porous coating by its very nature and so the top layer needs that ability to breath.