Have you noticed ivy growing on your stucco? You might think that because it's natural, it shouldn't be a problem. While sometimes that's the case, it's certainly not always true. It's important to know how to determine if ivy growth presents risks. Additionally, what problems ivy growth can cause and what you can do about it. So, without further ado, we'll answer the question, "Is ivy on stucco a problem?" How Can Ivy on Stucco Damage It? First, you'd hate to spend all sorts of time and money getting rid of … [Read more...] about Ivy on Stucco: Is it a Problem?
Have you ever noticed a white discoloration or coating on your stucco? It could be efflorescence. Now, you might wonder, ‘Is efflorescence a problem?’ Unfortunately, if there’s a lot of it, then you can’t ignore it. So, in today’s blog, we’ll talk about what is efflorescence, if it’s a problem, and what you can do about it. What is Efflorescence? First, we need to understand what we mean by efflorescence. Otherwise, we can’t know what it means for your stucco. Stucco efflorescence looks like a powdery white … [Read more...] about Is Efflorescence a Problem?
A stucco repair job sounds pretty straightforward, right? Just mix it into a wheelbarrow and slather it all over the side of your house. Unfortunately, there's a lot more to it than that. While stucco can be both beautiful and protective, it can also be finicky. A thin patch here or there, or a developing crack, and you could develop moisture problems. Then you're looking at expensive remediation. If you're fixing stucco on your house, the same troubles can happen. How do you know if you've removed enough damaged … [Read more...] about Fixing Stucco on Your House: Why You Should Never DIY
If you’re searching for “stucco remediation near me,” you've likely realized that there is moisture trapped within the walls of stucco home and it's causing rot, mold, leaks or other damage. You likely have several questions, but below are the three most important questions to ask your stucco remediation contractor. What Caused the Problem? First, and most basic, you should understand what caused the problem? A good contractor will provide you with detailed project scopes so that you know exactly what went wrong. … [Read more...] about Stucco Remediation Near Me: 3 Questions to Ask Your Contractor
Stucco as a siding material has a long list of pros. It's energy efficient, fire resistant, low maintenance, and adds great curb appeal to your home's exterior. Its smooth, traditional look has made it a popular choice for homeowners. However, every rose has its thorn, and one of stucco's spiky thorns is moisture! Read on to learn about the most common stucco moisture problems, and the steps you can take to remedy these issues. Moisture: Stucco's Arch-Nemesis Stucco is great in climates that are warm and dry, … [Read more...] about Most Common Stucco Moisture Problems
Every home needs a water resistive barrier under its siding. In fact, most states require one by law. But if you’re looking to buy or sell a home, you need to understand the importance of a water resistive barrier under the siding. Now, if you’re not sure what a water resistive barrier is, or why it’s so important, don’t worry. That’s exactly what this blog is about! Water Resistive Barrier Defined First, a water resistive barrier (WRB) is a protective material installed between the sheathing and the siding. It … [Read more...] about The Importance of Water Resistive Barrier Under the Siding on a Home
When building, renovating, or remodeling a home, it's essential to know local building codes. The old adage, "It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission" doesn't apply here. If your home isn't up to code, that will cost you even more in repairs and remodeling. The same applies for above grade stucco clearance. In this blog, we'll cover when it means to have above grade stucco clearance, potential problems with above grade clearance, and what you can do about it. Above Grade Stucco Clearance … [Read more...] about What is the Correct Above Grade Stucco Clearance?
Stucco installation is a fairly complex process. The same holds true for cement board stucco installation. After all, cement board stucco involves, not just a material like stucco, but a whole system. It involves various sheathing, a water resistant barrier, coats of stucco, weep screed, and other elements. With all these variables, numerous installation problems can arise if a contractor has not been properly trained on the process. So, in this blog we're going to address cement board stucco problems and what you … [Read more...] about Cement Board Stucco Problems: When Installation Goes Wrong
When it comes to outdoor stucco repair, fixing cracks is usually simple and straightforward depending on the size. But when is it time for remediation? How do you know when there’s a deeper problem causing the damage? While stucco repair won’t break the bank, remediation can get expensive. So, in today’s brief blog, we’ll cover all the basics you need to know about stucco repair and remediation. Outdoor Stucco Repair First, let’s cover when you might need some stucco repair. As with everything, normal wear and … [Read more...] about Outdoor Stucco Repair: When Is It Time for Remediation?
The average cost of stucco remediation is dependent on the region you live in given that stucco problems arise from environmental factors like climate. Our area, Eastern Pennsylvania, is known as the stucco failure capital of the U.S., which means stucco damage can be extensive and sometimes cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fully remediate. The True Cost of Stucco Repair When faced with the cost of a full remediation, homeowners may be tempted to opt for quick-fixes to the surface of the stucco, like … [Read more...] about What is the Average Cost of Stucco Remediation?