The only thing you, as a homeowner, should be concerned about is making sure all the penetrations, such as gas lines, wiring, and vents are all sealed correctly with a low modulus caulk product. Low modulus simply means that the caulk is pliable and will stretch as opposed to cracking when the building materials expand and contract as the temperature changes.
In addition to penetrations, check around windows and doors further. These will have a 3/8ths of an inch gap between the windows/doors and the stucco itself. This gap will be sealed with the same low modulus caulk. Caulk does deteriorate over time, so some cracking and/or separation can be expected as it ages. Simply remove the old caulk and replace it with fresh caulk, ensuring that you leave no gaps or cracks visible.
If your stucco is looking stained and/or discolored or has moldy growth on it, this can be easily remedied by a thorough cleaning with a power washer. Once cleaned and dried out, a coat of paint will help to protect your installation from future discoloration, and even extend the life of your stucco by preventing moisture penetration through the stucco. The paint essentially acts as a sealer.
If however, you are seeing large cracks in your stucco, or areas bulging, or even dark stains under the corners of windows or gutters, these could be signs of underlying problems. If you notice any of these signs, I recommend that you hire a professional stucco inspection company to carry out a detailed and comprehensive stucco inspection. This will determine the overall health of your stucco before you sink a lot of time, effort, and money into maintenance that will prove fruitless in the grand scheme of things.
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