Removing Stucco Siding

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What You'll Need
Circular saw with carbide blade
Pry bar
Safety equipment (gloves, boots, eye protection, face mask)

There may be a time when you need to remove the stucco siding on your home. There could be many reasons for this, but if done correctly the job can be done easily with few complications.

That does not mean that removing stucco siding is going to be a quick process. In fact, removing stucco siding from a home is a long, tedious, and labor-intensive project. Stucco is a very durable cement product that can last for more than 50 years. It is not going to come off easily.

Safety Precautions

Before attempting to remove any of the stucco siding on your home, make sure to remove all obstacles from the general area. Tripping over garbage and pieces of debris is a leading cause of injury on a job site. Keep an eye out for falling debris. There is always an inherent danger of something falling on you. Stay aware of your surroundings.

You should also work with a friend. Removing stucco is hard work and requires quite a bit of elbow grease. Work with a friend to avoid overexertion or becoming so focused on your job that you forget your surroundings.

First Cuts

Whether tackling a small section or large surface area, the first step in removing stucco siding is a small cut. Most people will want to get out the sledgehammer and start pounding away at the cement product. This is the last thing you should do. In fact, you should leave the sledgehammer in the garage for this project.

Start by using a chisel and hammer to knock off any loose stucco siding that you may see in the general area. This goes for stucco above your head. When prying off large sections of stucco, and the following layer of stucco lath, simply jar the pieces loose and let them fall.

Begin with smaller steps.

Harder Blows

After scraping off the loose stucco, you can begin to land harder blows to the surface with the hammer. This can loosen the stucco from the home surface and cause some cracks.

Pry Larger Sections Off


As you begin to see cracks and pieces falling off, you can start using the pry bar or a shovel to begin taking off larger sections.

Before getting too carried away with the demolition of stucco, you must remember that it is a work area. Large chunks can be very heavy and even cause other sections to fall. As you lift off these bigger sections, remove them immediately from the area. Do not leave them lying on the ground as an obstacle to trip over.

Cut Off Sections

You may have to cut off square sections of the stucco siding with a circular saw. If you do, take great care in easing the saw into the stucco and then slowly cutting square slabs off the surface.