Painting stucco is a common way to enhance its appearance and protect it from the elements. When done properly, a painted stucco surface can last for many years.
However, the longevity of the paint job on stucco can vary depending on several factors:
- Quality of paint: Using a high-quality exterior paint formulated for stucco surfaces is crucial. These paints are designed to withstand the elements and provide long-lasting protection. We typically use Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore products.
- Surface preparation: Properly preparing the stucco surface before painting is essential for the longevity of the paint job. This typically involves cleaning the surface, repairing any cracks or damage, and applying a primer or masonry conditioner.
- Climate and exposure: The climate and location of the stucco surface can impact its longevity. Harsh weather conditions in SE Pennsylvania, such as extreme cold in the winter or high humidity in the summer, can affect the paint’s durability. Additionally, if the stucco is exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods, it may lead to color fading over time. For certain stucco projects, an elastomeric paint may be recommended, which provides a breathable finish that allows interior moisture to escape without damage to the surface build. It also bridges hairline cracks and provides a waterproof finish.
- Maintenance: Regular maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan of a painted stucco surface. This may involve cleaning the surface periodically and inspecting for any signs of damage or peeling so it can be addressed promptly.
In general, a good paint job on stucco using high-quality exterior paints can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years or more before requiring repainting. It is a good idea to check the surface annually and address any issues to prevent further damage and extend the lifespan of the paint.