Water leaking through stucco walls is certainly an alarming sight for any homeowner. Perhaps you’re seeing water stains on your walls, seeing water collect near windows and doors, or noticing bowing in your stucco. Whatever the sign of water damage, you’re most likely wondering how the problem happened, what is the extent of the damage and what is the proper course for repair. Water Leaking Through Stucco Walls The three main causes of water leaks are pretty simple - but that doesn’t make them any less … [Read more...] about Causes of Water Leaking Through Stucco Walls
Stucco can be an attractive and durable façade for a home. Like any construction material, there are pros and cons. Below we discuss the pros and cons of stucco to help you decide if stucco is right for your home. Pros of Stucco We’re going to look at the positive advantages of stucco first, beginning with durability. Stucco is made to last, and can stand up well to weather, wind, and other types of debris. Additionally, stucco is resistant to fire and insects and because of this, is a relatively low … [Read more...] about Pros and Cons of Stucco for a Home
One of the most obvious signs of windows leaking in a stucco exterior home is water pooling on the window sill or floor beneath a window during heavy rainfall. You may also notice small water stains if the problem has been occurring for awhile. If you’re certain there are no cracks in the glass pane, it’s possible your stucco may be to blame for the water intrusion. Why Are My Windows Leaking? Like many issues with stucco homes, the number one cause of windows leaking in a stucco exterior is improper … [Read more...] about Windows Leaking in a Stucco Exterior
When faced with stucco problems (like leaks and stains), most homeowners want to fix the problem as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. Naturally, when it comes to things like stucco leak repair, a band aid solution can be tempting. However, the quick fix doesn’t do anything to address the underlying problems, which is why it’s important to have a professional evaluate the leak and help you decide what to do next. Signs of Leaky Stucco We’ve already discussed some of the more obvious (and tempting to fix … [Read more...] about Stucco Leak Repair: Why You Need a Professional
If you’ve noticed cracks beginning to appear on the surface of your home’s surface, the culprit is usually one of two things. Either water has seeped beneath the stucco causing it to warp and crack, or the stucco is shrinking, leading to gaps and cracks. In both instances, improper stucco installation is to blame. How To Identify Stucco Cracks — Types of Cracks Cracking in stucco can range from a small problem to a very large problem, but in most cases, it’s impossible to see the extent of the damage just by … [Read more...] about How to Identify Stucco Cracks
For owners of stucco homes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the experiences with the material usually fall into two camps. For many homeowners, stucco is a wonderful building material, combining both form and function. Stucco is a very attractive material for the exterior of a home and also a very practical one. It’s very energy efficient, fire retardant, and reduces noise pollution. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have positive experiences with their stucco. Over the past couple of decades, many … [Read more...] about Understanding Stucco Problems in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
Known for its durability, stucco is an amazing option for siding on your home that will last - provided it is installed properly. When it comes to hard coat stucco installation, it’s vital that you choose a company with a proven track record of excellence for stucco installation and repairs. Hard Coat Stucco — What Can Go Wrong? Stucco is comprised of a series of layers that come together to create a durable exterior for your home. The top layer is the only one that you can see, but problems can arise at any … [Read more...] about Hard Coat Stucco: Installation and Repairs
If you’re noticing significant leaks or drafts around your windows, it can be tempting to use caulk to fix the problem. While caulk is sometimes the answer to moisture problems, it can also simply be band aid a much bigger issue. So what do you do when you have leaky or drafty windows? Is caulking stucco around windows a sufficient solution? Keep reading to find out. Causes of Stucco Cracks Before recommending a solution for the cracks in your stucco, it’s important to understand why the stucco is cracking … [Read more...] about Caulking Stucco Around Windows: Will it Fix the Problem?
We love stucco, but we understand it isn’t for everyone. In fact, one of our most frequently asked questions is, “Can you change stucco to siding?” Today, we answer this question and break down the situations in which you can do a simple swap, and when a full remediation is in order instead. Can You Change Stucco to Siding? The short answer is yes. Just as you can change siding to stone or stone veneer to stucco on a home, you can absolutely change stucco to siding. The real challenge comes into play if there … [Read more...] about Can You Change Stucco to Siding?
When it comes time to embark on a stucco project, some homeowners tend to try to save money wherever possible. This can mean trying to cut corners. That’s why we are often asked about installing flashing on existing stucco. Can it be done? Will Ai Restoration do it? And what is flashing, anyway? We address all of these questions in today’s post. What is Flashing? Typically comprised of thin pieces of water-resistant material, flashing is part of a complete water management system. If properly installed, … [Read more...] about Can Flashing Be Installed on Existing Stucco?