When going through a big project such as residing your home, it can be tempting to take any shortcut you can to cut costs. One such shortcut is to apply your stucco without control joints. Many homeowners don’t know what control joints do, but they are actually a vital part of the stucco application process to help prevent cracking and reduce cracking over time. Here we discuss what stucco control joints do - and why skipping them is a bad idea. Types of Control Joints Stucco control joints can either be one … [Read more...] about Why Stucco Without Control Joints is a Bad Idea
The best way to protect stucco from water damage is to understand how water damage occurs, and intervene as soon as possible when you see signs of damage. Below we discuss the 4 leading causes of water damage in stucco and outline our top suggestions to protect stucco from water damage. Problem: Improper Stucco Composition An appropriately balanced mixture of Portland cement, sand, and water will yield a durable and sturdy stucco composition. Standardized ingredients and a complete curation period will give a … [Read more...] about How to Protect Stucco from Water Damage
Artificial stucco, or EIFS, is a product used on home exteriors throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the northeast. However, many homeowners encounter synthetic stucco problems resulting from improper installation or the properties of the material. In today's post, we discuss common EIFS construction problems that can damage your home. The stucco remediation team from Ai Restoration can help fix problems caused by moisture damage and mold. Damage to Wood EIFS stucco's makeup makes it desirable for energy … [Read more...] about Artificial Stucco (EIFS) Construction Problems
Making upgrades to the exterior of your home is a great way to improve its value and curb appeal. However, when there is stucco present on the exterior of the home, one must be careful when having work performed. Drilling into a stucco house is not something you should simply do without taking precautions. Today, we'll go over some things you'll want to think about before you decide drilling into the stucco of your home is the best course of action. #1: Was the Stucco Properly Installed? One of the biggest … [Read more...] about 3 Things to Check Before Drilling into a Stucco House
One of the most frequent questions we get asked when explaining how stucco is installed is "What is a weep screed?" Homeowners—whether they own a stucco home or want to add stucco to their home—should understand how their exterior system works. And no stucco system is complete without a weep screed, the material that allows water to drain out of the wall above the foundation. What Is A Weep Screed? A weep screed is a piece of metal trim found at the bottom of the stucco wall. It should be used in every stucco … [Read more...] about What is a Weep Screed?
Have you ever found yourself wondering: how is stucco made? This blog covers the basics of stucco: how it's made, how it gets its color and how it's applied to your home. How is Stucco Made? When it comes down to it, traditional masonry stucco (used on the exterior of homes), contains a mixture of lime, sand, and cement. When properly mixed, the stucco hardens into a material that can be applied to the exterior of your home and is incredibly easy to maintain. What is a Basic Mix of Stucco? When applying stucco … [Read more...] about How is Stucco Made?
Are you in the market for a new home? No matter your price range, or where you are looking, one of the features you should be on the lookout for is the presence of stucco. You might ask yourself, should I buy a stucco home? Stucco is durable, long-lasting, and when it is installed properly, helps prevent moisture from entering the home and increases its value in the long run. Let's take a closer look at what to look for when purchasing a stucco home. Was the Stucco Installed Properly? The most important thing to … [Read more...] about Should I Buy a Stucco Home?
Homeowners often wonder about the safety of their homes in various natural disaster scenarios, like floods, earthquakes and fires. Homeowners with stucco siding might be curious how stucco holds up during flooding or may be wondering, is stucco flammable? Let's explore the safety of stucco and how proper installation can affect your home's safety. Stucco is Fire-Resistant One of the benefits of having stucco installed on the exterior of your home is that it is fire-resistant. Since stucco is fire-resistant, and … [Read more...] about Is Stucco Flammable? Is it Water Resistant?
Have you ever wondered about stucco? For instance, what is stucco used for? How often is it used? Where can it be used? These are all important questions when building a home or remodeling your current one. You will want to know whether or not stucco can be installed on the exterior of your home or if you will need to remediate any issues first. It's also important to find out if you can use stucco inside your home. Ai Restoration is here to explain what stucco is used for in this post. Stucco Siding The most … [Read more...] about What is Stucco Used For?
Stucco is a popular option for home exteriors throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the Mid-Atlantic states. If you're building a custom home or looking to renovate an existing home's exterior, stucco is a beautiful and durable possibility. But before you dive into your project, let's explore the frequently asked question: what is a stucco house? The team from Ai Restoration is here to provide you with an explanation so you can make an informed decision. What is a Stucco House? Stucco is one of the oldest … [Read more...] about What is a Stucco House?