How Much Does It Cost To Repair Stucco?
$8 – $50+ Per Square Foot
$477 – $1,510 Avg. Total Cost
$477 – $1,510 Avg. Total Cost
Stucco repairs cost $8 to 50 per square foot, or $40 to $60 per hour plus materials. On average, homeowners spend $477 to $1,510 on stucco repairs, while DIY stucco repair kits to fix cracks costs $40. Prices depend on the home's size, the square footage of stucco, and accessibility. Get free estimates from stucco repair contractors near you or view our cost guide below.
Stucco Repair Cost
Small stucco repairs such as filling cracks, patching holes, or fixing chips on walls or the foundation cost $200 to $800, or $8 to $50 per square foot. More significant jobs such as stucco chimney repair, or water damage cost $1,000 to $4,000. A stucco inspection typically costs $500.
|National Average Cost||$993|
|Average Range||$477 to $1,510|
Prices depend on the extent of damage discovered during an inspection. To get an accurate quote for your project, consult with local stucco contractors in your area.
Stucco siding is durable and lasts upwards of 50 years if properly maintained — however, stucco chips, cracks, and warps due to weather issues. Repairs should be addressed immediately to avoid additional damage to your home. Removing the damaged stucco and reapplying a new coat requires an experienced professional.
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Stucco Repair Cost Calculator
Stucco repair costs are typically calculated using the square footage of damage for large projects, or a flat-rate based on the estimated time required for smaller jobs.
|Inspection||$500 – $1,000|
|Materials & Tools||$300 – $1,000|
|Labor||$200 – $1,200|
Stucco Inspection Cost
A stucco inspection costs $500 to $1,000 depending on the home's size, the square footage of stucco, and accessibility. A stucco inspector drills and inserts small probes into suspicious areas of the walls to detect the amount of moisture. After the moisture reading, the holes are caulked and sealed.
Stucco Repair Cost Per Square Foot
On average, stucco repairs cost $8 to $50 per square foot or more, depending on the extent of the damage. If severe problems such as water damage are discovered during an inspection, repairs can range from $60 to $120 per square foot.
|Repair||Cost Per Square Foot|
|Basic Hairline Cracks, Holes, Chips & Repainting||$8 – $30|
|Multiple Large Cracks, Foundations, Chimneys||$30 – $50|
|Extensive Repairs, Water Damage, Foundation Damage||$60 – $120|
Stucco Repair Labor Cost
Contractors charge $40 to $60 per hour plus materials to repair stucco or $8 to $50+ per square foot. Most stucco repairs take 4 to 12 hours of labor ($200 to $800) depending on the complexity and how long it takes for each coat to cure.
Pricing will vary depending on if you hire a handyman, a stucco specialist, or a general contractor. Homes with multiple stories or architectural details such as shutters, porches, and odd-shaped windows increase your labor costs significantly.
Stucco Material Cost
Overall, stucco materials cost $300 to $1,000 for the average project, which includes stucco mix, flashing, vapor barrier, metal lath, touch-up paint, ladder, gloves, and other supplies. Other materials to take into account are:
|Traditional Stucco||$0.05 – $0.10 /SF|
|Synthetic Stucco||$0.25 – $0.50 /SF|
|5 gal. Synthetic Stucco Bucket||$40 – $60|
|25 lb. Stucco Patch & Paint Kit||$15 – $40|
|25 lb. Stucco Repair & Patch Dry Bag||$10 – $15|
|80 lb. Base Coat Bag||$10 – $30|
|Finishing Material||$20 – $25|
|Vapor Barrier & Metal Lath||$40 – $60|
- Traditional stucco costs $0.05 to $0.10 per square foot, or $10 to $30 per 80 lb. bag of base coat with each bag covering between 100 and 180 square feet. Fixing 10 medium-sized cracks takes about 15 to 20 bags of stucco.
- Synthetic stucco runs $0.25 to $0.50 per square foot, or $40 to $60 for a 5-gallon bucket, which covers between 100 and 250 square feet.
- Finishing coat stucco costs $20 to $25, depending on the thickness and quality of the mix.
- A new vapor barrier and metal lath are often required when repairing a hole or a significant crack in stucco, which costs $40 to $60.
- Touch-up paint is required to cover up most repairs, or if the stucco has discoloration from mold, mildew, or age. The cost of painting a 2000 SF home exterior ranges from $400 to $600, while painting over small patches costs only $30 if you can find the right color match.
Stucco Repair Cost Estimates
Estimating stucco repairs depends on the size, type, and location of the damage, the age of the stucco, and the current climate. Below are some rough estimates on what to expect.
|Crack Repair||1500 SF home is $400 to $1,500; DIY hairline cracks for $30|
|Small Patch Repair||DIY for $35 per 4’ x 4’ hole|
|Wall Repair||$8 to $50+ per square foot|
|Ceiling Repair||$100 to $300 per hole|
|Caulking Repair||DIY for $30|
|Chimney Repair||$60 to $120 per square foot|
|Water Damage||$$$ to $,$$$ depending on the damage; may be covered by insurance|
|Foundation Repair||$200 or more to repair each 4' section|
|Board Siding Repair||$30 for each 4' x 8' stucco board siding panel + labor|
|Re-stucco a House||$3 to $9 per square foot|
- Smaller projects with a smoother finish that won’t need a base coat to be applied before the stucco is re-coated cost a few hundred dollars, if not less.
- Large projects with re-coats, extensive crack repair, and vast surface areas requiring patching—before a new stucco coat can be applied—cost $500 to $3,000 on average.
- In the case of severe damage, the average cost to re-stucco a house is between $7,500 and $15,000, or $3 to $9 per square foot for stucco installation.
Stucco Crack Repair Cost
The average cost of stucco crack repair on a 1500 SF home is $400 to $1,500 depending on the number of cracks, their length, and their thickness. Fixing 15-medium-size cracks takes about 20 bags of stucco, which costs $200 to $300 while labor runs $50 per hour and takes 4 to 8 hours.
- Fixing hairline cracks in stucco thinner than the width of a credit card costs $10 to DIY with standard caulk or a premade elastomeric stucco patch material.
- Repairing large stucco cracks in walls the width of a penny or larger cost more since they require the removal of paint and loose stucco pieces. To DIY, A pre-mixed bucket of stucco can be purchased for around $15, but we recommend hiring a professional.
- Horizontal cracks in stucco are often part of normal wear and tear.
- Vertical cracks are often an indicator of a larger structural issue, and the foundation of the home may be shifting. Learn more about foundation repair costs and schedule an inspection if you or your contractor notices one of these cracks.
Stucco Patch Repair Cost
Stucco patch repair costs $35 per 4’ x 4’ hole for just the materials and $30 to $50 per hour for professional labor. Larger or multiple patches with touchup painting costs $8 to $50 per square foot.
Typically, stucco professionals will provide a fixed-rate quote for smaller repairs, and a quote calculated using the square footage for more significant repairs.
Stucco Wall Repair Cost
Stucco wall repairs cost $8 to $50+ per square foot, with flat surfaces on the cheaper-end, and having to work around shutters, windows, windowsills, and doors on the higher-end. Repairing stucco cracks around windows takes longer and costs more, especially if the windows have unusual shapes.
Repairing stucco around a new door is common and typically occurs as the new door is set in place. Repairing this damage is often tedious and time-consuming, resulting in additional costs.
Stucco Chimney Repair Cost
Stucco chimney repair costs $60 to $120 per square foot since it's more complicated than repairing a wall. A stucco professional will inspect the chimney to determine the severity of the damage before providing a quote.
Hairline cracks are the easiest to repair, but you should still expect to pay a couple hundred dollars. Complex issues such as water damage can degrade the chimney’s foundation requiring a complete stucco replacement and rebuilding the base materials. Extensive damage could cost thousands of dollars to fix.
Stucco Water Damage Repair
Stucco water damage restoration costs vary on a case-by-case basis, depending on how extensive the damage is and which materials are used. Water damage is the most expensive stucco problem, but your homeowner’s insurance may cover it.
Indications of stucco water damage are chips, bumps, crumbling stucco, and soft spots on the exterior walls. Also, greenish-black stains that seem to be "crying" indicate moisture problems. These signs lead to the walls cracking and deteriorating, cracks around windows and doors, and mold if left untreated. Stucco water damage restoration procedures include:
- Install drainage plane to prevent water from entering the wall.
- Patch all areas where loose stucco has fallen off.
- Install a vapor barrier.
- Modify weep screeds to enable proper drainage of water.
- Reapply sealants and caulk.
Before fixing any water-damaged stucco, ask an expert to perform a moisture detection test to find the underlying cause of water damage. Sometimes, the flashing is incorrectly installed, which prevents water from getting into the joints in the structure of your home.
If the water damage is extensive, a permanent solution would be a complete siding replacement as repairs could still be at risk for future water problems.
Stucco Foundation Repair Cost
It's common for stucco to chip off at the bottom of your foundation, which costs $200 or more to repair each 4' section. Another reason to apply a stucco finish on your foundation wall is due to leaking, cracking, or chipping. Adding stucco is a more viable and cost-effective solution than replacing the foundation and makes it much more resistant to further damage.
Stucco Board Siding Repair
Stucco board siding is easy to repair and involves removing the panel and replacing it with a new one. A 4' x 8' stucco board siding panel costs around $30. The labor cost of these repairs will depend on how many panels need to be replaced and the extent of the damage.
Stucco Ceiling Repair
To patch up a standard-size hole in a stucco ceiling, expect to pay between $100 and $300 for labor and $15 to $50 for materials. Stucco ceiling repair is a bit more complicated than repairing walls, so ask your stucco professional if they have any experience before hiring.
Stucco Caulking Repair
Stucco caulking repair costs less than $30 if you DIY, and usually takes under an hour. Small cracks in stucco between a width of 1/16" to 1/8" can be easily repaired with caulking and paint. When hiring a stucco contractor, ask them to inspect for any larger structural issues and for moisture penetration points around your windows and doors.
Traditional vs. Synthetic Stucco Repair
There are two types of stucco, synthetic and traditional, with synthetic sitting at the higher end of the price spectrum.
Traditional stucco is cheaper, heavier, stronger, and provides a better moisture barrier for humid climates than synthetic. Traditional stucco is made from cement, sand, lime, and water that is applied in three coats over a lath base or a piece of mesh and coated with a finish.
Traditional stucco costs $0.08 per square foot or about $12 per 80-lb bag, which covers around 100 to 180 square feet. The DIY cost to fix 10 standard-sized cracks in stucco takes approximately 15 bags, which costs $230 in supplies and finishing materials. When hiring a pro, expect to add another $200 for labor costs.
Synthetic Stucco Repair Cost
Synthetic stucco, or exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS), has multiple layers containing a foam insulation board, a coat of pre-mixed synthetic stucco, fiberglass mesh or wire, and a final coat. Synthetic stucco is softer, more energy-efficient, easier to repair, and lasts longer than traditional.
Synthetic stucco costs $0.25 per square foot, or $50 for a 5-gallon bucket, which covers 100 to 250 square feet. Repairing 10 standard-sized cracks costs $600+ in materials and $200 for labor.
Exterior Stucco Repair Cost Factors
When looking to estimate the cost of your exterior stucco repair project, there are some more additional cost factors to keep in mind.
- Removal Costs
- Which floor the damaged exterior stucco is on.
- Whether stucco exterior maintenance has been regularly performed.
- The extent of the damage.
Stucco Removal Cost
In some cases, you'll need your old stucco removed to lay down new stucco. Stucco removal costs $1.20 per square foot on wood lath, and $1.05 per square foot on metal lath. The average cost to remove all of the stucco on the average home ranges from $900 to $2,100. Typically, only small portions of stucco need to be removed, and you may have to pay a nominal disposal fee.
Upper or Lower Floor
Stucco repair on walls over 8’ high requires a ladder or scaffolding and will often cost more. Renting scaffolding costs an extra $50 per day on average, and working on a ladder will add to the labor costs.
Extent of Damage
Stucco contractors base their cost estimates on how much time is required to make the repairs, the cost of the stucco mix, and the cost of materials. Stucco damage that involves removal and replacement of the old stucco down to the paper or lath layer costs more to repair. Complex repairs require supplies such as a metal lath, vapor barrier material, and finishing mix.
Stucco Repair Kits
Stucco repair kits cost $5 to $300 depending on the size of the kit and concrete strength. These kits are sold at home improvement stores and include all of the materials you need to make minor repairs.
- Look for kits that contain additives to speed up drying time.
- Some kits don't require mixing cement and are made for small cracks.
- For small projects, look for kits that come pre-mixed for a simple and streamlined process.
Stucco Repair Tools
Some kits come with many of the tools and supplies needed to fix a crack or apply a patch, such as:
- Caulk Gun
- Margin Trowel or Putty Knife
- Wire Brush
- Utility Knife
Although stucco is an incredibly durable siding material, damage can occur if proper stucco care and maintenance are not performed. Consider these stucco maintenance tips for cleaning stucco walls:
- To clean stucco, use a garden hose with a sprayer attached. Avoid using a pressure washer, since high levels of pressure can damage your stucco.
- If stucco becomes discolored by mold, apply a mixture of 25% bleach to 75% hot water to the affected spots using a sponge. Allow it to soak for a few minutes before rinsing it clean. Check back the next day and repeat the procedure as necessary until the mold is gone.
- For retouching the color or filling small hairline cracks, use acrylic or elastomeric paint that's designed for masonry.
- Regularly check the sealant around your windows and doors to make sure that there are no potential penetration points for moisture to seep into your stucco.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does Stucco Repair From Home Depot Cost?
Home Depot provides stucco repair through their Pro Referral service. The cost will vary depending on where you live, the extent of the stucco damage, the type of stucco, and more. Enter your zip code to connect with pros and find out how much your project will cost.
What Is the Best Caulk for Stucco Repair?
While most standard caulk will suffice for simple stucco repair projects, there are caulking tools explicitly designed for stucco repair. One of the most popular caulks for stucco repair is Quikrete Stucco Repair Sealant, which is excellent for sealing small cracks in your stucco.
How Much Does Stucco Remediation Cost?
Stucco remediation costs depend on the severity and progression of mold, the home's size, and the number of windows. The entire stucco system is removed for $900 to $2,100, and the underlying issues are fixed. Then, new siding costs $3 to $11 per square foot or $7,500 to $15,000 to re-stucco the house.
Mold under stucco is often caused by poor installation or long periods of unaddressed water penetration. While the cost of stucco remediation can vary depending on a wide range of factors, stucco remediation is always quite expensive.
What Does Styrofoam Stucco Repair Cost?
Repairing a styrofoam stucco system, molding, or plastering trim on a rendered wall costs $8 to $50 per square foot depending on the extent and amount of damage. Small repairs around the house may run $100 to $200 total.
How Can I Tell if My Stucco Is Even Salvageable?
It's difficult for the untrained eye to detect the extent of damage in stucco, so it’s best to have a professional inspection to decide if it's salvageable. A stucco contractor can determine if your stucco should be repaired or replaced. If the stucco was installed incorrectly, or there is widespread water or mold damage, your stucco system needs to be replaced entirely before causing more problems.
How Long Does Stucco Repair Take?
Smaller stucco repairs, such as filling cracks and holes, takes 1 to 5 hours on average. Larger repairs, with significant surface area in dismay or total stucco remediation, takes anywhere from 5 to 24 hours, spread across 2 or 3 days.
Extensive stucco repair takes at least 24 hours from start to finish because the first layer of stucco needs to set and dry before additional layers can be added.
DIY vs. Stucco Repair Contractors
You can DIY small stucco repairs such as hairline cracks and minor chips with a stucco repair kit, which could save you hundreds of dollars. For anything more complex such as several large cracks, foundation issues, or water and structural damages, it's best to hire a professional.
Other costs include materials you'll need to purchase and may only use once. Also, the damaged stucco may be in hard to reach places that require a ladder or areas such as a windowsill or doorway, which requires a professional's expertise.
Before taking on a DIY project, look for these signs of severe damage:
- Crumbling stucco – This could be a sign of water damage that is compromising the wall’s integrity or a pest infestation.
- Soft spots and indentations – This could suggest underlying water damage and rot.
- Wide or numerous cracks – Although a few hairline cracks are part of normal wear and tear, a large number of wider cracks could indicate water damage.
Hiring a professional who gets the job done correctly is worth the cost, and proper stucco installation prevents further issues down the road.
How To Repair Stucco
To repair stucco yourself, this brief guide on how to repair stucco will run you through how to patch holes and fill cracks in walls. Before starting this project:
- Be certain temperatures at night stay above 40 degrees.
- Once the water is added to the mixture, you have 30 to 90 minutes before it sets.
- Make sure your coating is permeable to water vapor and alkaline tolerant, else it will peel off.
- Always wear gloves and safety goggles and keep a bucket of water nearby to wash any stucco mix off your skin.
Stucco Tools Needed
- Stucco Mix (Portland cement, sand, and water)
- Notched trowel
- Plaster-finishing trowel
- Eye protection
- Mason’s chisel
- Straight edge
- Matching paint
How To Patch Stucco Holes & Repair Cracks
- Remove Loose Stucco
Use your mason’s chisel and hammer to remove any old, damaged, or loose stucco by chipping away at the edges.
- Cover the Exposed Lath
Trim a piece of builders paper with a utility knife where the old stucco meets the wood lath. Fasten with nails, then add a second layer.
- Add Mesh or Wire
Add a fiberglass or galvanized metal lath over the paper and trim the edges. Secure mesh with more nails.
- Prepare the Stucco Mix
Mix up a batch of stucco. To improve adhesion, add an acrylic bonding agent to the mix.
- Apply First Coat
Use a brick trowel against the mesh until it's completely covered, filling any cracks or holes. This is called the "scratch coat".
- Smooth it Out
Smooth the stucco mixture with a finishing trowel and pack it against the edge of the existing stucco surface.
- Scratch The Coat
Use a notched trowel to scratch grooves into it, which will allow future coats to better adhere to the first layer. Let it set and dry between 24 hours and 7 days.
- Apply Second Coat
Apply water to the area using a sponge to make it easier for the next coat to adhere to the surface. Evenly spread another layer of stucco down before completely leveling it with a straight edge.
- Add The Finish Coat
Apply the final finishing coat. This coat should be evenly applied and about a quarter-inch thick.
- Match the Texture
While this coat is still wet, use a sponge to create a texture that matches the surrounding stucco.
Let the patch cure for a week, then paint over using a dense acrylic elastomer to ensure a uniform look.
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