Ensuring proper stucco installation can result in a lot of benefits for you. When correctly constructed, this lime or cement-based plaster will not need as much maintenance and can last for a long time. However, even though this cladding can be durable enough to last for a hundred years, you should have it immediately repaired if you notice large blisters or cracks emerging — before the damage worsens.
Wet stucco can be damaged by blisteringly cold temperatures. Before beginning repairs, wait until the temperature at night is above 40 degrees. Windy, dry, and hot weather can also cause problems as they can suck off the moisture required by the mix to cure correctly.
If you don’t want the stucco installation to dry too quickly, you should remember not to work under the sun. Working in the shade and covering the stucco with a plastic sheet keeps it moist between coating jobs.
Another thing to remember is that you can get burned from the alkali composition of wet cement. Therefore, you should work carefully by wearing protective gloves and avoiding touching the stucco mix with your bare hands. Also, have a pail of water available so you can immediately wash away any cement plaster that gets on your skin.
It’s also crucial to ensure that your coating is permeable to water vapor and alkaline tolerant. Plus, remember to finish it properly to match its surroundings.