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Aardvark

02:13PM | 10/18/03
Member Since: 05/29/02
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My house has exterior stucco walls and need answers to the following questions:

1. How long is stucco expected to last? My house is about 58 years of age.

2. What can I do to eliminate hairline cracks on a stucco wall? I've called general contractors and no one, quite frankly, is eager to repair hairline cracks because these' cracks are considered minor repair jobs.

3. If cracks are hairline, can water from rain creep into the interior areas of the wall?

thanks for your help!

5slb6

12:51AM | 10/28/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
If you have hairline cracks in your stucco they can be covered over with an elastomeric coating which will bridge over these. These coatings are very elastic and work very well on stucco as that is what they were designed for. If you have wider cracks they can be fill in with an elastomeric patching compound or a concrete based filler and then coated with elastomeric. Check with a local paint store on these types of products.

If left long enough the cracks will allow moisture to do damage to your home and they should be repaired.

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