How To Maintain Residential Stucco

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Stucco isn’t a delicate structure. Whether applied as interior or exterior finish on walls, the durable material requires little maintenance which may include occasional patching and cleaning. Keeping the stucco in good conditions eliminates the need of frequent repair or replacement. Here is how to maintain your residential stucco.


Being a porous material, stucco absorbs stains and collects dirt, even indoors. However, cleaning it is easy; all you need to have is clean water and a small amount of elbow grease. Scrub your stucco with a dump nylon brush to fully saturate the surface. Proceed to scrub the buildup off with a clean cotton rag. Extreme cases such as the situations involving deep sets of stains may require more firepower. Stucco experts often recommended, not the usual household cleaning agent, but a more potent chemical called trisodium phosphate (TSP). 

While TSP can be easily purchased hardware stores and home centers, strict precautions must be observed lest you end up with a scorched surface. Begin by ventilating the area by running a fan and/or opening the windows (if the stucco is on interior walls). Remember to wear the appropriate protective gear and follow the provided instructions regarding dilution ratio and application. Finally, apply the chemical on the stained area by using a nylon brush.

On exterior walls, stucco tends to gather dirt more often hence requires to be washed frequently compared to that on interior walls. The cleaning process is easier though; all you need is a power washer or a garden hose and plenty of clean water. Begin by setting your preferred cleaning tool in mist formation before saturating the stucco from the bottom to the top. Once you’ve finished spaying, check your stucco for a lingering buildup. If there is a buildup, proceed to dislodge it using a brush with stiff bristles. Don’t scrub it so vigorously lest you grind it down. Any blemish that remains on the stucco after this rigorous cleaning would require you to apply TSP.


The rigidity of the stucco is a blessing and a curse. While this rigidity keeps it durable, it makes it more prone to cracking. Cracking and chipping changes the stucco from a beautiful finishing to an eyesore. Most stucco imperfections require an expert to correct them. However, Rapid/instant Set Stucco Patch provides an excellent DIY residential stucco repair solution that can help you fix minor cracks and chips in a short time. Start by removing any loose parts of the cracked stucco using a wire brush. Remember to remove any oil, dirt, or chalk that may interfere with the adherence of the repair compound. If the crack you are addressing is less than an inch wide, consider using a harmer and/or a cold chisel to widen it. Assess the conditions before proceeding. If it is the weather is hot and/or windy, consider pre-moistening the area surrounding the crack. Otherwise, having prepared the stucco surface, proceed applying your Rapid/Instant Set Stucco Patch as instructed.

For professional repair services, get in touch with the stucco contractors in Gilbert, Arizona.

Other maintenance tips 

  • Check for paint bubbling, peeling, and cracking and apply new paint immediately after cleaning the area
  • Wash the stucco regularly especially if the outdoor conditions are dusty
  • Inspect the stucco regularly for mold growth and remove it immediately
  • Always use the tight product of paint and clean water on your stucco

3 Steps to Ensure Your Roof Replacement Looks Great


Proper roof replacement is the difference in years of a lasting roof over your head and a roof with leaks and other problems. Properly done, your new roof should come out looking nice, and neat, with nothing but straight lines running from top to bottom, side to side. If done wrong, your new roof may end up coming out unlevel and crooked.

Whether you’re getting new architectural shingles, cedar shakes, or regular three-tab shingles, you’re going to want a professional roofing company that knows all the right steps and things to do when it comes to installing your new roof.

The Roof Replacement Process

Before we go in-depth into each step in the roof replacement process, here is a short list of the major steps that are going to happen when you get your new roof.

  1. Tear Off
  2. Re-Felting
  3. Applying New Shingles

Now let’s touch on each subject individually so you, the customer, will have an idea of what exactly is going on when those roofers are up on your roof banging away for hours.

Tearing Off

Often, the most grueling part of the entire roof replacement process is the tearing off of your old roof. Nearly every time, your old roof is going to need to be taken off and eventually hauled away to a dump before you can put your new roof on and fix any problems you may have with your old roof.

Every inch of old shingles must be taken off and the whole roof cleaned and swept away of any loose debris before the next step of putting on felt can occur.


After your old roof has been removed, and any old nails or loose debris is removed, a clean layer of felt, or tar paper, must be laid down to help prevent your roof from any leaks.

The felt is laid down on top of the roof’s plywood and goes in between the plywood and the final layer of shingles.

Felting a roof helps to prevent the ingress of moisture and to further waterproof your roof.

Tar paper or felt is not very wind resistant or sun resistant but does help prevent moisture from being trapped in your roof. The layer of shingles that goes on next will be what is going to protect your roof from the elements really

Application of New Shingles

The final major step in your roof replacement is the applying of new shingles over the layer of felt that we just discussed.

The new layer of shingles that are put on must be aligned properly and cut perfectly for everything on your roof to match up and come out looking great. Roofers will often “cut lines” with chalk to ensure a straight roof from end to end.

Customers have choices on what type of shingles they want, and different shingles offer different warranties for how long your roof will last.

Whichever type of shingles you choose to go with, you now know the steps of what will be going on when it comes time for your new roof replacement.

Contact us for roof and foundation repair in Syracuse, NY.

Recreate a Spa Environment at Home Without Spending Too Much

For less than the cost of a week at your favorite spa, you could transform your own home into a spa oasis. When you transform your home into an oasis of relaxation, you can enjoy the health benefits of stress reduction and relaxation every day, without traveling to a far off spa or puffing a crimp in your wallet. With a few simple techniques and a few simple materials, you can transform every room of your home into a relaxing spa-like environment.

Transforming each room of your home one at a time gives you time to work, and allows you to work within virtually any budget. Transforming your own home into a home spa is not as expensive, or as time-consuming, as you might think. By starting small and working consistently, you can create the best spa in town — right under your own roof.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom in your home should be an oasis of relaxation, and a place to let the stress of the day melt away. With a few simple changes to your bedroom environment, you can enjoy all the amenities of the typical spa, without the high cost of a spa visit. You can start your transformation with your bed. If your mattress is old and uncomfortable, it is no doubt impacting your ability to enjoy a good night’s sleep and a relaxing nighttime environment. Consider buying a new mattress complete with comfort items like a pillow topper or memory foam insert.

This can help you sleep through the night, reducing your stress level and even improving your health. Taking the time to create a relaxing library can also enhance the spa-like environment of your master bedroom. Stock your bedroom bookshelves with books about meditation, yoga, massage, biofeedback and other relaxation techniques. Enjoy a few pages from those books as you fall asleep each night, and implement the best ideas you glean from those pages.

If you have a sitting area in your master bedroom, consider creating a “pamper station” where you can not only apply your makeup and condition your skin but relax away from the stress of the day as well. Stock your pamper station with an assortment of lotions from your latest spa visit, and take some “me time” each day to pamper yourself with those great items.

Master Bath

If you want to turn your master bathroom into a relaxing oasis in the middle of your stressful life, the master bath is the perfect place to start. Consider replacing that old worn out bathtub with a whirlpool spa or Jacuzzi. These relaxing bathtubs are staples of the spa industry, and when you install one in your master bathroom you can enjoy their relaxing waters every single day. And best of all, installing a Jacuzzi or whirl pool in your master bathroom can cost less than a single treatment at a professional spa.


Your top floor kitchenette can be an integral part of your home spa experience. The kitchenette gives you a place to prepare healthy meals, but it can also play a role in your new and more relaxing lifestyle. One of the best ways to recreate the spa experience at home is by creating a healthy smoothie station in your own private kitchen.

One of the reasons why spas are so effective is that the clients of the spa eat healthy meals and enjoy all overall healthier lifestyle during their stay. You can recreate those healthy meals with a bowl of fruit and a blender; right in the comfort of your own home. Stock your home spa kitchenette with an assortment of attractive glasses, just like at the spa, and you will be ready to go. And since you probably already have a blender, your cash outlay will be minimal.