what to do about cracks in exterior stucco finish
Our house is only 7 yrs old. But the stucco finish is looking very bad. There's a lot of spider cracks running like craze lines everywhere. You can see it's starting to look unsightly. None of them have gotten more than half the thickness of a dime. I've had a few painters come out. Some say to use a elastomeric paint - spray and backroll and spray again. Others say to patch the cracks with some sort of caulking compound made specifically for these types of cracks, and then paint.
Some say that the caulking will eventually show through and be unsightly. I like the idea of the elastomeric paint. But I'm worried that it may be somehow bad for the building since the plaster won't "breathe" like it did before.
The bids are more expensive than I thought they'd be - approx $7k