With our extreme weather variations in Colorado, it's no wonder there is such a high demand for stucco repairs. Cracking or chipped stucco can sometimes be just the beginning of your problems. If you're seeing indications of problems with your stucco installation it's best not to wait too long before having a professional take a look. Sometimes the issue is a bad stucco installation or defective materials. Other times you may be dealing with water intrusion or damage caused by freezing and thawing.
Some other reasons for problems include:
Defined Patterns - Usually seen as a defined pattern of vertical and horizontal cracks. This likely means that the lath was not stapled or nailed properly. This is a serious issue and should be addressed by a professional.
Diagonal - These types of cracks generally result from settling, shifting or vibrations emanating from a particular area (e.g. a diagonal crack coming off of a doorframe). Once larger than 1/8 “ wide you should probably have it looked at.
Spiderweb - Base coat may have dried too quickly. Other reasons could include incorrect mixing procedures or it was too cold when applied.
Cracks on foam trim - Often where two pieces of foam meet, usually from expansion and contraction. If mesh tape is used to cover the seam this will often not occur.
Hairline - Often seen in new homes due to shifting or other stresses.
Don't put your home or its value in jeopardy by incorrectly repairing a stucco defect. Painting over or patching stucco can often times hide a deeper problem that comes back to haunt you later. It's important that you work with a reputable company to fix the problem right the first time. You may save a buck early on by putting lipstick on a pig, but that lipstick won't last forever and you'll very likely have to spend additional time and money in the future to repair your attempted repair. Don't make your problem worse by taking shortcuts.