I donno. If you are talking about this:
Made perfect sense to me. Sorry you painted yours.
I noticed there is a Portland cement paint you could of used. I've never
The cost of recoating a house with stucco (aprox 2700 sq ft) *was*, about 4
years ago, around $2k. After it's been painted I have no idea. As far as
sandblasting goes I'm not sure if that's how they take it off. Maybe they
use a chemical remover.
If you buy stucco be sure its the real stuff, there is synthetic
stucco which has had alot of issues because it doesnt breath well and
any leak can cause mold behind it. Stucco unpainted may last 30-40
years before a recoat is needed, painted stucco has to be repainted
but done right may last 20 years, stucco can be washed, 5-7 years is
not necessary to just make it look good. Stucco is low maintenance
Good and important advice. A lot of new stucco is what's called
EIFS. Do a google and you'll find lots of info. Construction done
20 years ago was the worst, but as I understand it, there can be
problems with rot even in construction done much more recently.
I went to an open house recently where one of the features of the new
stucco house was a moisture monitoring system. They actually have
moisture sensors built into the exterior walls. I call this the the
"Your f..d" alarm, because when it indicates there is moisture, while
there may not be rot yet, it most likely isn't going to be cheap to
There are inspectors that are expert in stucco houses, checking for
moisture, rot, etc. Be sure to get one on any EIFS stucco house
you're planning on buying.
Different climate, but my stucco house in Chicago is unpainted and has
been maintenance-free for the 13 years we have owned the house. I
believe the people who owned the house before us had some areas
patched, as I recall when we first moved in you could just barely tell
where the patches were. Now I don't notice / can't tell. I would not
be surprised if that were the only maintenance since the house was
built in 1914.
No "treatment" is necessary. How often it needs to be painted depends
primarily on the quality of the paint used; weathering and sun fading are
other variables but they are pretty uniform throughout the state.
My house (central Florida) was painted when new in 1996 with a medium grade
paint. The paint is still in good shape except for some fading.
Fortunately, the fading is uniform so NP. I'll probably repaint in 3-5
There is usually no problem with cracks in stucco over block unless there is
differential settling. However, stucco over wood portions (such as gable
ends, etc.) of a block house will tend to get a few hairline cracks early on
(within a year or two). Those are easily fixed by rubbing some caulk over
them and repainting the area. Once fixed, new ones don't often occur IME.
I lived on the other side of Florida for 16 years. Our development had a
painter under contract. Every five years he patced the cracks and then
painted the entire structure. Never had to have the surface re-stuccoed.
Uh..right off the bat I said I wasn't an expert..... little group moderator.
I referenced a well written article by a well respected home repair
authority. I posted the link probably 4 or 5 times. Can you read? What part
of the article do you think is BS? Why don't you take it up with them if you
are such an authority? I said I can't find a thing in the article I disagree
with. I didn't know about the dry rot which just strengthens my argument.
Also, I didn't know about the Portland cement paint. Gee...I read; and I
learned something. Lets all try it.
Now settle down little man.
I live in the Tampa Bay area and my house was built in 1983. We
bought the house in 1992 and painted it about 1998. We have the
concrete block covered in stucco type.....anyway, it had been painted
at least once when we acquired the house. When we painted we had to
put on two coats - we used plain old latex paint...can't remember the
brand but I bought it at Home Depot. Stucco finished houses tend to
"suck up" the paint. We used white paint (same color as before) and
we needed two coats. Our neighbors have same type houses and at least
one hired painters to paint their house. The painters used sprayers
(as opposed to rollers) and it looks nice.
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