Crack-Free Living: Mastering the Art of Stucco Maintenance

Crack-Free Living: Mastering the Art of Stucco Maintenance
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Stucco, a famous home exterior finish, imparts a timeless and elegant appearance. However, the development of cracks can be a common concern, compromising aesthetics and structural integrity. This blog post will explore what causes stucco cracks, practical preventative actions, and valuable tips to maintain a pristine exterior. Let's delve into the world of "Stucco Cracks Prevention." Transform your walls into masterpieces with Gold Star Stucco's expertise. For more information, visit our website or give us a call.

Why Stucco is Cracking

Understanding the root cause of stucco cracks is essential for effective prevention. Cracking can occur due to various factors, including:

  1. Substrate Movement: Stucco is often applied over a substrate, and if the substrate experiences movement due to settling or shifting, it can lead to cracks in the stucco layer.
  1. Moisture Infiltration: Water is a significant adversary for stucco. When moisture infiltrates the plaster, it can weaken the material, causing it to crack over time.
  1. Incorrect Mix Ratios: Improper mixing of stucco materials can weaken the structure, making it prone to cracks. Following manufacturer guidelines for mixing ratios is crucial.
  1. Temperature Fluctuations: Extreme temperature changes, especially freeze-thaw cycles, can cause stucco to expand and contract, leading to cracks.

What to Do

Now, let's explore four preventative actions to control stucco cracks:

  1. Proper Surface Preparation: Before applying stucco, ensure the substrate is stable and free from contaminants. Repair any existing cracks and use a bonding agent to enhance adhesion between the substrate and the stucco.
  1. Waterproofing: Implement effective waterproofing measures to prevent moisture infiltration. A quality waterproofing membrane or sealant can create a protective barrier, safeguarding the stucco from water damage.
  1. Adhere to Mixing Guidelines: Diligently follow the manufacturer's recommendations for mixing stucco materials. Using the correct mix ratios ensures the stucco maintains its strength and durability, reducing the likelihood of cracks.
  1. Expansion Joints: Incorporate expansion joints in the stucco application to accommodate natural movement caused by temperature fluctuations and substrate shifts. These joints allow the stucco to expand and contract without developing unsightly cracks.

Tips for Stucco Maintenance

In addition to the preventative actions mentioned above, here are some practical tips for ongoing stucco maintenance:

  • Regular Inspections: Conduct routine inspections to promptly identify and address any emerging issues. Early intervention can prevent minor problems from escalating into significant concerns.
  • Cleaning and Repairs: Keep the stucco surface clean and address any visible cracks immediately. Minor repairs can prevent damage expansion and maintain the stucco's integrity.
  • Professional Assistance: If you notice significant cracks or structural issues, seek professional assistance. Qualified contractors can assess the situation and provide appropriate solutions to ensure the longevity of your stucco finish.

Preventing stucco cracks is a proactive endeavor involving proper preparation, guidelines adherence, and ongoing maintenance. By understanding the causes of stucco cracks and implementing the recommended preventative actions, homeowners can enjoy a durable and visually appealing exterior for years. Remember, a little care today can save you from significant headaches tomorrow. Invest in the longevity of your stucco finish and preserve the beauty of your home.

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Our Featured Services

Below are the stucco and related services we offer.


From a quick to an in-depth review of your establishment to see if anything is amiss and would require fixing/replacement. 

We accomplish this either through the use of our high-end inspection equipment or the critical eye of our experienced professionals.
Our methods aim for both longevity and safety, applying the latest techniques for the best possible results. 

From removing stains to filling up holes, we have the solutions you need for all your stucco problems.



Don't wait until it's too late! Water damage on stucco is notorious for getting out of hand. Since it's not as noticeable until a good amount of damage is done, it's best to have frequent inspections to make sure that your home is safe from possible cracks and mold -- common symptoms of water infiltration.
Unlike most paints in the market, stucco paint is very important in adding extra protection your home/establishment.

Understanding that, we've come prepared with a wide variety of paints both in color and other practical benefits!



Also known as the "exterior insulation finish system", this is a "wall-padding" method that provides efficient insulation without the extra expense. 

Our team of professionals are skilled on EIFS construction alongside our group of consultants ready to help you with your exterior finish decisions.
Even the most durable material in building construction can get damaged in time. 

Here is where we come in with our experience and know-how on the field and our professionals to help deal with any cement stucco repairs/build.



Repair and replacement of stucco is an essential part of maintaining a building’s integrity. Thus, it's important to follow through with corrections as they are advised by the professionals to assure your home/establishment's durability and the safety of the people staying in it.


Gold Star Stucco's residential and commercial work is always accomplished with excellent craftsmanship for beautiful and durable results.

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