How to fix a house wall crack on the exterior of your home and make it look like it was professionally done?
First thing to know is that this is a DIY project that is immediately gratifying, protects your greatest investment (your home), AND increases the value of your place!
You already know that the crack is unsightly, but that seemingly small problem can escalate into something worse if not properly treated. The crack is an opening for moisture, and once moisture gets behind the stucco it can soften the material it comes in contact with leading to: paint failure, wood rot, mold growth, and stucco breaking off. All cracks in your paint or stucco need repaired before your repaint. If you hire us to repaint, we will fix all these cracks before we paint your home!
Now, how to properly fix it?
We suggest using an elastomeric patching compound. It’s a compound that has a high elasticity which will enable it to not crack back out if the house continues to settle. Here is a link to one of the elastomeric patching compounds we like.
There are many different versions, but can usually find similar products at Lowes, Home Depot, Sherwin Williams, etc.
What to see how the product is used? Here is also a link of how to apply it properly so that you don’t notice a big area that was patched.
Of course now it needs to be painted. We always suggest painting the entire area where a patch has been applied. This will make sure you have no discoloration from mix-matched paint. Even if you have the original paint that was applied to your wall, due to the weather, colors tend to be bleached by the sun and we would still suggest painting the entire wall or clear stopping points on each side. If you don’t have the color, you can usually take an outlet cover, or another piece of your house, and take it to your local paint store and they will be able to match it up. Once you have the color all you need to do is apply it.
We hope this helped you fix a house wall crack before it became a bigger problem! If you have any further questions feel free to give us a call or text and we would be happy to help where we can. Additionally, if you have found any techniques that you have found that work great for you please share in the comments below.
Vickers Painting Specialists (Licensed & Insured)