If you’re noticing significant leaks or drafts around your windows, it can be tempting to use caulk to fix the problem. While caulk is sometimes the answer to moisture problems, it can also simply be band aid a much bigger issue. So what do you do when you have leaky or drafty windows? Is caulking stucco around windows a sufficient solution? Keep reading to find out.
Causes of Stucco Cracks
Before recommending a solution for the cracks in your stucco, it’s important to understand why the stucco is cracking in the first place. The most common cause of stucco cracking around windows is an improperly mixed coat. When a stucco coat doesn’t have enough sand in it, the cement paste will over-shrink. This puts more stress on the coat than it can handle and leads to deep cracks on the wall, around windows, and in other high stress areas.
What About Caulking Stucco Around Windows?
While caulking gaps in the stucco around your windows may help fill in the cracks and create the appearance of a smooth stucco surface, it doesn’t address the root cause of the problem. If a poorly mixed coat, improperly installed control joint, or other deeper issue is the main cause of the cracking, caulk will simply hide the damage without fixing the stucco itself.
How Do I Fix Window Cracks and Drafts?
As always, our advice when dealing with stucco problems is to reach out to an experienced professional for an assessment. Whether the solution is as simple as caulk, or as complicated as a complete remediation, a professional stucco contractor will be best able to diagnose the problem and suggest a solution that is best for you in the long term.
How Do I Find a Preferable Stucco Specialist?
Call Ai Restoration of course! We have decades of experience in stucco remediation and can assess your home’s windows and stucco to help you find the right solution.