Can Stucco Safely be Painted
We are asked this question all the time at Mike’s Quality Painting and the short answer is emphatically YES!!!! Stucco at its basic form is simply a cement siding product. If it is properly prepared, primed with the correct masonry primers and adequately coated you will have a surface that will last great and look brand new for many years to come. That said; there are some things to consider.
- You should consider stucco like any exterior surface. It can deteriorate through improper installation, excessive moisture, extensive neglect or prolonged periods without maintenance or care. If the stucco is basically rotted, you will probably have to replace the stucco, not coat over it. This is not unique to stucco. Just like we won’t paint over rotted wood, you shouldn’t paint over rotted stucco.
- A stucco surface that is showing wear, cracking or even failing in areas can be properly patched and then correctly coated. It is a good idea to work with a professional that understands the proper patching methods to avoid future failure issues but proper patching can be performed and warranted as long as you get it done right the first time.
- If you decide to coat over stucco, you cannot simply apply stucco to the entire surface of your home again. If the decision is ever made to completely stucco the home again, you will have to apply a proper bonding primer to the home to allow the new stucco to bond. That said, stucco that has been coated with proper paint type coatings can generally be simply painted over if the desire to change the color of the home ever arises. If painting your stucco is all that is needed, we can do it we are one of the few Elastomeric coating companies in Albuquerque.
Painting your stucco can provide some fantastic benefits:
- By correctly applying elastomeric coatings to the stucco, you eliminate moisture permeation into the stucco which prevents erosion of the surface and helps ensure the life of the stucco itself.
- Elastomeric paint coatings have much better elasticity or (stretching ability) than the stucco alone. This is great because in New Mexico we have tremendous thermal expansion and contraction of exterior surfaces caused from extremely rapid temperature changes. When it is 10 degrees at 7am and 50 degrees at 2 pm, your home expands and contracts very very quickly. Elastomeric coatings stretch and contract much better than the stucco which prevents surface cracking and the continuation of moisture block. A real benefit.
- Stucco surfaces coated with elastomeric coating are much easier to clean and maintain than stucco alone. Because the surfaces coated are less porous, they naturally repel dirt better and clean easier if they do become dirty. This allows for a longer year life with a newer look.
- Elastomeric coatings come in a much wider range of colors. Using elastomeric coatings means you are not limited in your color choices. These products can be tinted in almost any color.
- Coating with elastomeric coatings can provide much longer warranty options than stucco replacements. Because the stucco is protected from wear by the coating, we can offer very long warranty options.
- Elastomeric coatings save you money. Applying these coatings tends to cost about 40% less than a typical stucco project.