Owning a stucco home can be a gift and a curse. A well-constructed stucco exterior is not only visually appealing, but has a variety of functional benefits. Stucco homes are better insulated to reduce energy costs, more fire retardant in case of an emergency, and can help reduce noise pollution from the surrounding neighborhood.
However, some owners of stucco homes are dismayed to discover, sometimes a decade or two after the construction of the home, that neglectful craftsmanship during stucco installation has led to serious problems. These deep-rooted problems can manifest physically in a number of ways. Some of the most common include:
Staining – Not only is staining unsightly, it can physically deteriorate your home’s stucco exterior. Staining occurs as a result of untreated stucco becoming polluted with contaminants from rainwater. Rainwater will also wash contaminants from roofs and windows into untreated stucco. This cycle occurs during every rainfall, and makes the stucco both ugly and structurally damaged. To solve this issue, our Burlington County stucco repair team will first clean the stucco with environmentally friendly products, before applying a sealer to protect against future contamination.
Cracking – Like staining, cracks in your stucco most often reveal larger underlying problems. The specific issue depends on the type of cracking. Localized cracking is most likely a result of water retention, while more general cracking throughout the stucco may be a result of improper installation, or stucco installed in adverse weather conditions. Cracking around windows or doors may point to missing joint work or stop bead. Replacing the stucco with Ai’s superior system is the best way to handle large-scale issues related to cracking. For more minor issues, a combination of joint work and a coating system can help alleviate current problems and prevent future ones.
Mold – Since the majority of stucco-related issues are caused by water retention, logic would suggest that mold should be a major concern for any homeowner suffering from such issues. To solve this serious problem, our Burlington County stucco replacement team will first find the source of the water retention, and then replace the damaged stucco, along with any rotted wood. Finally, we’ll install our premium water management and stucco systems in order to prevent future damage. If necessary, a mold remediation company can help to salvage the rest of your home.
If you’ve noticed any of these physical defects in your stucco home, it’s imperative you act right away. Allowing these damages to go untreated will only make it more difficult to find remedies later down the line. To best deal with these and other stucco related problems, you need to hire a Burlington County stucco remediation company who will address them at the root. Contact Ai Restoration today to help save your stucco home.