Home Exterior - Stucco *

Stucco provides a unique, distinctive appearance to the exterior of your home. Periodic maintenance should be performed to maintain its appearance.

Care and Maintenance Tips Cleaning

  • Never use a pressure washer to clean stucco as it may chip or crack stucco and force water behind the surface.
  • Clean stucco every 1-2 years with a garden hose and a mild household cleaning detergent and clean from top to bottom.

General Information

  • Stucco needs to be painted with a high-quality exterior paint at regular intervals to maintain color and water permeability as per manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Stucco is not waterproof; avoid spraying water from hoses or sprinklers on stucco to avoid possible leaks or water damage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is a white powder forming on my stucco?
A: The white, powdery substance that sometimes accumulates on masonry surfaces is called efflorescence. This is a natural phenomenon and cannot be prevented. If rain and warming weather do not improve the condition, review Cleaning tips above for ways to try and clean your stucco.

Q: Why is my stucco cracking?
A: Cracks are not unusual in exterior stucco wall surfaces. Small, hairline cracks can be painted over. Larger cracks that develop outside of the warranty period will need to be repaired by a masonry professional.

* If you are in a Condo residence please refer to your Condo Association Documents to verify your responsibilities, if any, for the maintenance of these areas.