Stucco & Rain: How Long Should You Let It Dry Before It Rains?
In order to achieve durable stucco on your home then it has be dried properly. Living in a wet environment like Florida can be tough especially if you are relying on the weather to come around to the perfect conditions for stucco installment. Even if you are following the standard procedures, that it is not enough. Once stucco has been applied there is still a minimum moist-curing time of at least 48 hours. It is recommend that the moist-curing phase not be done when the humidity is near 75%.
This specified curing time is required to have adequate strength and have a firm condition. If the rain doesn’t hold up during this period then it can make the bond between the substances weak and fragile. The chemical bond will go through stress, and the Stucco installation will become delayed.
Curing Stucco from Moist
Curing Stucco of moisture can be quite tricky. So depending on your situation, then you may need to implement some other techniques:
Doubling: When the second coat is applied on the first coat as soon as it can hold the application, it is called doubling. This method is also called the double-back process. This method helps the second coat to absorb the water, which is not absorbed by the first coat. The layers together give the surface strength and fight well against moisture.
Fogging: This is a method where the layers’ surface is manually misted from 2-4 times a day. The technique can be continued from 2-3 days to have a better outcome. The fog should be mild enough so that it does not damage the outer surface. Using scorching steam can cause a malfunction, and using cold water can give the mixture an unexpected push. In curing the moisture, the wind speed and weather conditions play a big part. You have to take measures according to your situation. If a strong wind is blowing, then plastic sheets can be used to cure the layers. Shielding gives it better safety. To improve the bond between the first and second layers, and before applying the final layer, the surface can be previously wet.
How to Apply Stucco in Rainy Season?
We get a lot of calls for stucco repair during the rainy season. Contrary to what you might think, stucco can be applied during the rainy season, but you have to take extraordinary measures to keep it safe and sound. There are many methods to repair or install Stucco while it is raining.
Here are some of the most effective and most used ways:
Using Sheets: Sheets can prove to be very useful in applying Stucco in a rainy season. You can cover up the whole area with it. While choosing a plastic sheet, always try to select thick materials. Precautions are to be taken while applying plastic sheets. The weight balance and joint should be firm; otherwise, it may fall and ponder the whole purpose.
Secured Mixing: The mixing of having to be done in a secured place. If you do it openly in a rainy season, additional water may end up in your mixture. You can move the mixing business indoor, or you can place it under a tend though it might not hold against strong winds.
Using Solutions: Adding solution ingredients will always help. Ingredients like Calcium Chloride will help in adapting to wet situations. This solution can be used with cement. Applying hot water while mixing is another way to speed up the process a bit. It is safe to apply in the mixing during gloomy days.
Cracked Brick and Stucco Repair from CDP Stucco
CDP Stucco has repaired cracked stucco for homeowners throughout Florida. If you are unsure if the cracks indicate foundation failure, a representative from CDP Stucco can provide an inspection to give you back peace of mind.
Contact us today for an inspection of your cracked stucco repair! If you are interested in Stucco Installation or Stucco Repair, call the experts at CDP Stucco now at 850-259-2283