I'm thinking about moving to Florida's gulf coast, where nearly all
the homes have a stucco exterior. I've heard that stucco requires
"treatment" or painting about every 5-7 years. Is this true? Would
appreciate responses from group members with personal knowledge -
thanks in advance.
I'm not an expert on the subject but:
I lived in a stucco house for about 10 years and never did a thing to it
other than patch some cracks with color matched stucco.
They can be resurfaced where they go over the surface with fresh stucco but
if you paint it it's like going back to square one. It has to be "chicken
wired" and refinished causing the job to be much more expensive.
Anyway, that's the way I understood it.
Here's a link that probably explains it much better.
a quote from your referenced site:
"For southern climates, where there are fewer problems with the freeze-thaw
cycle and the heating season is short, non-cement paints won't be as
problematic, unless there is an external moisture source such as bad
flashing or a leak in the roof."
the OP was talking about florida, pretty southern.
virtually all stucco houses in az are painted.
stucco houses in AZ are painted. I lived in Abq. for over 20 years where it
was common knowledge not to paint over stucco unless you had no plans to
stay in the house. I'd never do that but I'm sure a lot of people do.
This is also from that link:
"Painting Problems with Stucco
Painting stucco with latex or acrylic paint changes the permeability
properties of the stucco system. "Everyone has found out through error that
painting stucco is not the way to go," says Dennis McCoy, owner of RAM
Builders of Lindon, Utah, a remedial contractor with a special focus on
repairing or replacing stucco. "We see the difference in the dry rot we find
which is 20 times worse behind painted stucco."
Which was what I was referring to. :-)
Disclaimer: IANASE (I am not a stucco expert). But this (not painting
stucco) is a new one on me. I have never heard that painting stucco is a
bad thing, and I think all the stucco I've ever seen (certainly 'round
'heah, S.F. Bay area) has been painted. People paint stucco here all the
Haven't checked that site out yet, but I wonder if this is a
local/regional thing? Folklore? ("Yeah, it's gotta breather, ya know.")
By the way, that quote contains one of the biggest misnomers of all
time: "dry rot". Ain't no such thing. (At least not as it's commonly
understood.) Rot happens when things get *wet*. The fact that it's dry
merely means the water has gone.
"Wikipedia ... it reminds me ... of dogs barking idiotically through
endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it.
You're obviously not from NM.
What are you going to do when it needs to be refinished? Which is usually
done about every 25 years.
I think this is y the OP wanted people with *experience* to respond. :-)
just in general old looking. Especially where it is exposed to the sun.
That's why in NM we would hire a company that specializes. (just like siding
or roofing) that comes out and applies a layer over the old stucco and it
looks just like new. Much much better than paint. Paint looks good for a
little while. Maybe a couple of years. A refinish job will last 20 to 25
This is where the problem is. If you paint it, before you can refinish it,
the paint has to be removed. Not sure how this is done but I think they
sandblast it off or the house has to be rewired and restuccoed. Very
expensive. Only the people that are ignorant, or are too broke to do it
right, paint over stucco. The paint always peels off eventually and really
There maybe a special kind of paint but I've never heard of it and like I
said I lived in NM (where 80% of the houses are stucco). A lot are painted
over stucco and they usually don't look that good.
If you were to refinish the stucco, with the paint on the old stucco, the
new stucco will not adhere and it will fall off.
BTW: The OP is buying a house in FL.
That's why we in Florida paint it.
Oh, a few - very few - diehards will have had "color in" stucco applied but
the stucco people don't much like to do it...too many variables. If it HAS
been done AND if it need "freshening" AND if you don't want to paint then
the only option is to redo the stucco.
There are only three choices...
1. "Color in" stucco
2. Paint (or other surface covering)
3. Leave it a pretty cement grey
How long paint looks good depends on the quality of the paint. Even the
worst paint would look good for more than a couple of years.
No just prepped (cleaned, usually pressure washed) and re-painted.
I happen to be in the middle of having my stucco house repainted right
now (it was painted when the house was built), and I'll tell you that my
old paint lasted pretty well over the 13 years it's been on. The one
realization I've had about painting on stucco is that
*eventually*--lacking the facts, I'm guessing over the course of a
century of repainting--the paint build-up will fill in the nooks and
crannies and then the exposed surface of the house will no longer be stucco.
A local couple (owner/builder --NV) did not want to paint the stucco.
Instead they wanted dye/colorants (White). They were advised against
it ... something about consistent mixing.
The job turned out bad, so they painted the stucco.
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