Understanding Proper Painting

Stucco: Can You Paint Over It?

If the stucco on your home looks faded or old, you may wonder if it's okay to paint over it. In many cases, you can paint over stucco. The right paint can help protect and preserve your stucco home for years to come. However, you need a painting company to do the job for you. Learn more about stucco and how to paint over it below. 

What Should You Consider About Stucco?

Stucco, or stucco finish, is one of the most popular and cost-effective sidings used on many homes today. The siding not only enhances a home's exterior but also covers wood, masonry, and other types of materials with ease. However, stucco does have a few disadvantages you should worry about.

Stucco can crack or develop thin lines in it over time. The lines allow moisture to penetrate the layers beneath the siding. Moisture can wreak havoc on the inside of your home during the year. 

Stucco can also chip or become fragmented over time. Chipped or fragmented stucco can make your home lose value in your community. If you plan to sell your house in the future, the loss of value may hurt your finances. 

If you allow a painting company to paint your stucco home, you can overcome the obstacles above. 

How Do You Prepare Stucco for Painting?

A painting company will need to examine the stucco on your home before they paint over it. If the stucco contains multiple lines, chips, or fragments, a painting company will need to remove the defects before they paint it. A company may use caulk and other materials to correct or repair the defects in the stucco.

A company may also need to clean the stucco before they paint it. Stucco can attract stains over time. The stains may show through the paint after it dries. A company may use a technique called soft pressure washing to improve the exterior of your home.

After a painting company prepares the stucco on your home, they'll ask you to select a paint for it. Painters use different types of paint for stucco, including flat sheen finish and acrylic latex exterior paint. The paint goes on smooth and covers caulk and other materials without issues.

The paint also creates an even finish that protects the stucco from future damage. Stucco needs to be able to ward off moisture during the year. The paint ensures the stucco on your house remains intact well after a company paints it.

Learn more about painting over stucco by contacting a painting company today.