Stucco is a popular siding option here in Phoenix, and it is easy to see why. Not only is it very attractive, it is easy to maintain and extremely durable. Your house may collapse before your stucco siding wears out. Nevertheless, stucco is somewhat susceptible to forces like shifting, settling, and weather conditions. Faded or cracked stucco can be the result.
Cracking or fading of your stucco is usually not a serious problem. However, it can hurt your home’s aesthetic even if it does not cause structural damage. Fortunately, there are ways that you can deal with stucco fading and cracking.
The best time to address stucco damage is when you’re having your home’s exterior repainted. At Crash of Rhinos Painting, our team specializes in stucco repair and prep ahead of apply new paint. In this article, we’ll review some of the problems stucco exteriors face and how our team can turn things around and have your home looking great again.
Stucco is made of three main ingredients: water, lime, and Portland cement. It is applied wet over a wire framework called a lath and then allowed to dry. Some cracking is normal and expected with any cement-based product, and stucco is no exception. As long as the cracks remain hairline, i.e., only about one-sixteenth of an inch thick, and are not excessive in number, they are usually not a cause for concern. If you do not like the way they look, you can seal them by painting your stucco.
However, wider cracks or hairline cracks that occur in profusion may indicate a more serious problem. The pattern that the cracks form can indicate the type of problem that is causing the cracking. Diagonal cracks indicate house settling or seismic movements. A regular horizontal and/or vertical pattern indicates an issue with the lath. Spider cracking, i.e., cracks that are grouped together in random patterns, similar to the legs of a spider, points to improper curing of the base coat when the stucco was first applied.
To address these problems, it may be necessary to re-dash the stucco, which means applying it again over the entire home. Cracked stucco tends to occur more frequently in newer houses than in older ones. This is because the materials used to build houses have changed over the past 50 to 60 years. Today plywood is more often used for sheathing than gypsum, and the lumber comes from smaller trees than those harvested in the past.
Fading of stucco is not as inevitable as stucco cracking, but it is nevertheless very common. There are steps that you can take to prevent stucco from fading or staining.
Stucco can become stained when water splashes up on it from the ground. You can prevent this by adding some sort of barrier around your home to stop the water mid-splash. Landscaping can be effective at doing this. Another way to prevent fading or staining of your stucco is to clean it regularly.
When it’s time to repair and paint your stucco home, call our team
Here in Phoenix, our stucco homes sustain damage from sunlight, woodpeckers, monsoon dust storms, and more. If you’ve noticed your exterior stucco start to show signs of damage or deterioration, it’s time to call our team for a quote on exterior painting.
The outside of your house is a reflection of the many things inside: family, friends, hard work, strong values, memorable pasts, and eventful futures. This is why it should be treated with just as much love and care as any other part of your home.
One essential element that displays the true personality of your home is the paint color. Find your home’s color with a simple process curated by the exterior paint experts at Crash of Rhinos Painting.
Keep reading for tips and advice from these color professionals to help you find the perfect exterior paint color in Phoenix for your stucco home.
1. An inspection can help us find your home’s color
Our quality exterior painting experts conduct a thorough inspection prior to providing a quote. Included in this careful inspection is a County Assessor’s home sketch.
In addition, an inspection video captures selected painting areas along with sections that may require further work.
2. Make your color choice count
The exterior paint color specialists at Crash of Rhinos Painting have a successful multistep system proven to find your home’s color effectively. Here’s how it works:
- Step 1: Meet with the company’s professional color consultant. This person will be the liaison between you and your HOA, providing you with a selection of validated color palettes.
- Step 2: Digital renderings (photos of your current home) are utilized to provide a representation of how your chosen colors will look on your home.
- Step 3: With the help of your professional color consultant, you make your final color decision. The consultant will then work with the HOA to submit all paperwork.
3. Put some prep in your step
Thorough preparation leads to even better end results. You want a painting company that places value in doing prep work right.
All homes, especially stucco homes, need to be cleaned, properly repaired, and covered prior to painting. While this process may seem tedious, it ensures an even more beautiful outcome in the end. It also helps ensure that the paint is going to last longer.
4. Show your home some love
Are you looking to refresh the exterior of your home? Do you want to discuss paint possibilities for your house? Contact the specialists at Crash of Rhinos to begin your color journey today.
Crash of Rhinos prides itself on being Arizona’s most trusted painting company, and we are proud to announce that we are a recipient of the 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award. This honor recognizes our superb record of customer satisfaction. Let’s review how we got here, and then talk about how we plan to keep moving forward.
About the award
The 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award is only awarded to a city’s top 5% of businesses in their category, putting Crash of Rhinos in elite company among Phoenix companies. The award is, in part, decided by our customers: your reviews on Angie’s List—along with your support elsewhere—gave us the “A” ranking that was a prerequisite for this award.
Angie’s List itself is a highly reputable service review site, with a foundation built on more than 10 million reviews. It’s a site that prospective customers respect and enjoy commenting on, and we’re honored that they helped us achieve this award. We couldn’t have done it without you.
What are some of the elements that help us stand out?
This award is a reflection on our values as a company. At the core, we’re about combining exceptional paint, an efficient quote process, a strong warranty, and a commitment to customer service.
What’s our secret?
We paint the exterior of stucco homes in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Think of us as exterior painting specialists: we have the experience and expertise to handle the tough jobs, and to do them right—the first time. This focus allows us to create a detailed process, which, in turn, reflects our commitment to quality.
So, what is the process?
There are five steps to our process:
- Inspection and quote
- Color consultation
- Preparing a house for painting
- Follow-up and quality assurance
Inspection and quote
In order to provide our customers with the most accurate proposal for their exterior home painting, our inspection needs to be as thorough as possible. In order to accomplish this, we utilize many tools such as as a sketch of your home from the County Assessor, a comprehensive inspection, and a video to gain insight and get a clear picture of the project.
You only pay when the job is 100% complete. The quote you receive for us will contain everything in writing, including all pricing information. You will know exactly how much everything costs before you agree to anything. Once you hire us, we’ll get to work and you don’t have to pay anything until the job is complete.
It’s picking your home’s color, and much, much, more. For instance, Crash of Rhinos will:
- deal with your HOA
- save you hours of work
- apply sample colors to your home
- include digital renderings
- consult with you, one-on-one, about color
Preparing a house for painting
This is one of the most important steps, and it’s extremely critical that it is done correctly. You can expect us to:
- Pull away rocks: We make sure that all rocks and landscaping are pulled away from the walls in order for us to paint below the surface of your landscaping.
- Pressure wash: Removes any loose paint, dirt, debris, pollutants, or chalking—the degradation of the old paint that will leave a residue.
- Conduct stucco and drywall repair: We will identify any areas in the structure that have been damaged and correct the areas with necessary repair work.
- Apply scaping and DRYLOK: Along the stem walls, we make sure that we scrape off any old paint and apply DRYLOK®. This waterproofs the area so no moisture can absorb through the soil around the house that would cause the paint to fail.
- Remove all fixtures: In order to give you added protection, we make sure to remove all fixtures around the areas that will be painted.
- Put up masking: The masking process ensures that objects and areas around your home are well protected before the paint process begins.
- Apply primer: Our crew will prime any raw structuring of your home including wood, stucco, and drywall to ensure a strong base for the paint to adhere to. The priming step is crucial to creating a quality paint job.
These steps are going to be taken on every residence, and ensure a quality end-result for the painting. They’re a sign of our commitment to quality, and to your home.
We use only the best Dunn-Edwards paints, which are built to withstand the toughest of elements, year-after-year. The climate in the Sonoran Desert and Phoenix can be tough on a home: besides the blistering summer heat, monsoon winds and dust storms take their toll on paint. It’s why we use the good stuff with a UV-blocking formula, and it’s also why we provide you with a paint that is:
- Resistant to mildew, cracking, and peeling
- Fade-resistant, for colors that last
- Offers better binding to walls for long-lasting adherence
Follow-up and quality assurance
After we have completed the painting, we will replace all fixtures and put everything back the way you had it. Then, we will do one last walk through with you to make sure you’re happy with our work and service. We take one last look at the work in detail, to make sure it meets our own standards of excellence—and yours.
What’s next for Crash of Rhinos?
Winning the 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award means so much to us, but what really makes us proud are the glowing reviews left all over the web by our customers. We appreciate your support, and we’re glad you had a great experience with us.
How can I contact you about starting the process?
You can request a painting quote from us online, or give us a call at (602) 483-6199. We’d love to hear from you, and would greatly appreciate your business.
Any professional painter will tell you that the extent of the prep work is largely responsible for how well the final result of painting looks and hold up over time. The prep work for painting is the foundation that determines the overall success of the entire project. Needless to say, it’s extremely important that it is done correctly! Some paint companies will cut corners and skimp on the quality of the prep work to save time and money, so make sure that the company that you choose to trust with painting the exterior of your home goes into specific detail of the steps taken to prep your home for painting.
Prep Work Process
Prep work for painting a home in Phoenix, AZ requires knowledge and experience of the areas that need attention and a specific process that is closely adhered to. It’s important that every area around the home gets properly prepped before the painting begins. A thorough preparation process would look something like this:
1. Reposition and Cover Landscaping
When rocks, dirt, wood chips, and other types of landscaping materials are right up against a wall, they need to be moved back away from the wall so that the wall can be painted below the ground surface. Also, it helps painter to avoid getting paint all over your landscaping when they are painting your walls. If you have trees, bushes, flowers that are right up against your wall, they will either be pulled back, or covered to keep them protected from the paint. This step ensures that you aren’t going to see hints of your old paint right at the bottom of the wall if your landscaping should be changed, or shifted. It also makes sure that you wont see spots and splatters all over your rocks, wood chips, trees, bushes or other landscaping. Landscaping isn’t cheap so it should be protected as much as possible.
2. Pressure Washing
The next step is to give you house a bath. Don’t expect soap, buckets, and bubbles, but a thorough pressure washing should do the trick! By pressure washing a house, it removes any materials from a home that should be painted over and gives the painters a nice clean canvas before the painting begins. Pressure washing is an awesome technique to get rid of dust, debris, spiderwebs, dirt, any loose paint, as well as chalking. What is chalking you might ask? It is the residue that is created from the breakdown of your old paint. Getting rid of all of those materials will help your new paint to get a strong seal against the exterior walls of your home.
Many homes in Phoenix, AZ are stucco homes and sometimes minor repairs need to be made in the stucco before new paint is applied. Should these repairs not be taken care of prior to painting, they will still be visible after painting and could even cause your paint to fail in the area of the needed repair. Repair work goes for drywall as well. Make sure that minor repairs are a part of the prep work process and that they get taken care of before painting. Should large repairs need to be made, you might have to seek out another company to do the repair work prior to painting.
4. Waterproofing Stem Walls
Water from your sprinklers, the weather, or other sources can dampen the soil around your stem walls. When these walls start absorbing moisture, the paint will start to break down. In order to waterproof the stem walls, old paint should be scraped off and a waterproofing agent should be applied. At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we use DRYLOK to ensure a nice seal on the home’s stem walls that will prevent moisture from ruining the paint.
5. Protecting Fixtures
Special elements of your home such as light fixtures, decor, etc. should all be removed prior to painting? Why can’t they just be covered up? If the fixtures were simply painted around, what would happen if you were to replace them? There would still be the same color of paint underneath, plus it keeps them more protected from being painted if they are completely removed. Make sure that the painting company you choose has a way of taking an inventory of the fixtures and elements that were removed from the home so that everything is well accounted for and can be reinstalled when the painting has been completed.
6. Covering & Protecting Areas Around the Home
There are many areas around a home that need to be covered and protected before painting can begin. If these areas aren’t covered correctly, it can become a quick disaster! Typically areas such as windows, pools & pool decking, patio furniture, BBQ’s, walkways, etc can be covered up with plastic and secured with masking tape. It would be horrible to finally have your home painted only to find splatters of paint in unwanted areas. By properly protecting specific areas that should not be painted, you can ensure the paint will stay where it needs to!
7. Priming of Raw Materials
In order to create a solid seal between the house and the new paint, all raw materials should be primed. This includes wood, stucco, and drywall. Without properly priming areas of raw material, the paint will not be able to form a solid bond and will be sure to peel, bubble, chip, and fade much more quickly.
Finding the right Phoenix Painters
The previous steps listed above are the specific steps that we follow at Crash of Rhinos Painting to make sure that our prep work for painting is thorough and meticulous. By setting these high standards for prep work, we are able to paint a home flawlessly and ensure that the quality of the paint will resume for years to come. Before painting a home, we go through the extensive steps of our prep work with the customer so they are aware of the process and know what to expect when it comes time to preparing their home to be painted.
Thinking about getting your home’s exterior painted? Whether you do it yourself (not highly recommended) or higher a professional painting company, it is important to make sure that the quality of the exterior home paint being used is top notch! Regardless of the paint quality, painting a house is a big project that will require an investment of time, money and effort. However, the prize for using higher quality paints is that you will not have to repeat this process sooner than you would like.
At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we exclusively use Dunn-Edwards Paints. We know that all of the hard work put into every house we paint does not mean a thing, unless we use the best quality products to compliment the work we do. We have used other paints in the past, but nothing quite compares to the supreme quality that we get from painting a home with Dunn-Edwards Paints.
Giving our Customers Quality Options
While we exclusively use Dunn-Edwards Paints, it it still important that our customers have options. There are also different levels of Dunn-Edwards Paint quality. Our customers are able to choose from the top 3. The difference in the quality levels is the life of the paint. Each quality level has a standard paint longevity associated with it. The highest quality paint that we use for exterior home paintings can last up to 15 years without chipping or peeling and providing superior protection for the home. We want the best of the best for our customers and their homes. Also, we want to stand behind the work that we do and be proud of our services.
The Quality Paint Difference
Like we said, we have tried other brands before, but the paint quality just was not giving us the results we wanted for our customers. We learned that the quality of the paint used really does make a HUGE difference. Of course, there are other factors involved as well, such as the prep work on the home, and the equipment used; however, the exterior home paint quality determines the longevity of the investment. Some companies like to use less superior products that begin to deteriorate after just a few years; and hey, to each their own. Differently, Crash of Rhinos Painting prides itself on quality and that is what we want to give our customers. Here are a few of the reasons why we choose to exclusively supply Dunn-Edwards Paints to our customers.
As much as we love our customers, we do not want to see them every 5 years to repaint their homes. This would mean that we did not do our jobs correctly. Depending on the quality level that you choose, your home’s paint should last anywhere from 10 to 15 years! That is a good amount of time with maximum paint protection. Our goal is to keep your house looking like it did the day-after-painting, for as long as possible. This goal can only be achieved when the paint quality is superior!
When you think of painting your home, usually one of the first thoughts after cost, is COLOR! What color do you want to paint your home? In Arizona, many homes are managed under an HOA, which means that color selections might be slim; but look on the bright side, at least there are usually some options. This leads to another benefit of using high quality paint. It beautifully displays the perfect shade of paint EVERY time!
As you probably know, paint can sometimes look differently under certain circumstances such as the material being painted and the color underneath. However, when using a quality paint, the color is always concise and accurate.
Withstands the Arizona Climate
Dunn-Edwards Paints have been around for 90+ years and during that time have perfected their product through ongoing product development and testing. They primarily test within the Southwest region due to the variety of climate conditions. Including the dry desert heat and strong UV rays of Arizona. The products are tested year round, specifically formulated for optimal results, and are proven to withstand the ever diverse Southwestern climates.
For those of you living in Phoenix, Arizona, this means that the paint used on your home will last attractively through the harsh heat of summer, the violent monsoons, and even the treacherous dust storms! When all is said and done, your home’s paint will endure beautifully.
What Makes These Paints Better?
That is simple; the secret is in the ingredients. Almost all paints are made up of the same ingredients, such as resin, adhesives, colorant, etc. What makes one paint better than the other is the quality of the ingredients used to formulate the paint. It makes perfect sense when you think about it. How long would you expect a home made out of cardboard and tape to last? The quality of the product is always in the ingredients that are used. Dunn-Edwards Paints are formulated with the best ingredients from the leading manufacturers, therefore their paint is superior.
In addition to providing our customers with the very best paint available, it is also valuable knowing that Dunn-Edwards Paints strives to create an environmentally sound product for the safety of their customers. Their paint has a low level of VOC (volatile organic compounds) that could be harmful to those using the product. Dunn-Edwards makes a strong effort toward “green product manufacturing” for an overall better environment.
We have been an exclusive partner with Dunn-Edwards Paints for years now, and have seen first hand the difference that a quality paint can make. We enjoy knowing that after we leave our customer’s homes, they will be able to enjoy their new paint job for years to come. We have come to realize that in order to truly stand behind our work, we have to utilize the very best tools at our disposal. Painting a home is an investment and one that you should be sure you are getting the most out of. If you are interested in getting your home painted this summer, give us a call at Crash of Rhinos Painting: (602) 540-7471. You will not be disappointed!