When your home needs a stucco chimney repair, you should get it fixed by a professional as soon as possible. Stucco is a mix of plaster and other materials, and it can cover several different types of construction materials, like metal, concrete, and brick. Its purpose is to cover the unsightly construction with a more visually pleasing material, but it can do more than that.
Contractors utilize stucco because it’s water-resistant. It can cover spaces on both the home’s interior and exterior and protect them from water infiltration. This quality makes it the ideal material to use to cover chimneys. The water-resistant feature is why it’s so favorable in South Florida.
While stucco lasts for several years, you will eventually need to hire a professional to repair it. The stucco chimney repair itself can be easy, but the reason you need to have it repaired can be more challenging to decern. A professional will be able to come in and assess why your stucco is cracking. Understanding the reason behind the cracks will help prevent them in the future.
Signs You Need To Repair Your Stucco Chimney
The main sign that you need to repair your chimney is cracking or crumbling stucco. Cracked stucco is common, but it is a sign that your stucco is failing. Crumbling stucco or mortar is a sign that the structure of your chimney is failing.
Whether it’s cracked or crumbling, both issues can allow water to penetrate the stucco and potentially rot your chimney from the inside out. This can have serious consequences when it comes to the structure of your home. If the crack has been there a long time, you won’t know how bad the problem is until you get a professional roofer to inspect it.
Another sign that you need to repair the stucco is when you hear water coming into your chimney when it rains. No water should be entering your home through your chimney. If it is, it’s a sign that either your chimney, crown, or chimney is failing. Finding rust inside of your chimney is also evidence of water damage.
Types Of Stucco Chimney Repair
Surface level problems, like a small or hairline crack in the stucco, can be easily fixed by sealing the crack and then putting another layer of stucco on top. This repair will only work if the problem hasn’t impacted the rest of your chimney.
The humid weather of South Florida causes moisture to affect everything, especially the exterior of your home. Once there is a crack in your chimney’s stucco, it’s only a matter of time before the moisture impacts the foundation and mortar of your chimney.
After the structure has been affected, everything will have to be torn down and redone for your chimney to be effective and safe for your home. If we have to do this, we will also take the time to add a crown to your chimney to prevent moisture damage in the future.
How Is Stucco Applied?
If complete stucco chimney repair is needed, we will remove all of the stucco. Then we will have to clean the chimney. Doing this is the only way to repair your chimney effectively.
Once we clean the chimney, the first coat is called the scratch coat. It’s kind of like a crumb layer when you’re icing a cake; its job is to give stability to the second layer. The second layer is a leveling coat. It’s a thick coat to even out the stucco for the final coat.
The final coat is where the design and overall look come in. This is when you can add different patterns, colors, and textures. All of the layers work together to form the water-resistant barrier for your chimney.
Stucco Chimney Repair In South Florida
If you notice a crack or imperfection in your stucco, don’t wait for it to call a professional. Contact Aabco Roofing today at 954-426-8500, and we’ll have an expert come out to inspect your chimney as soon as possible. Then we can tell you what kind of stucco chimney repair you need.