Handling stucco water damage is no picnic. However, in order to fix the damage appropriately it's important to understand how stucco gets damaged. As remediation professionals who work closely with homeowners and other contractors in the industry, we make it a priority to educate homeowners about possible causes of stucco failure, how we remediate those problems, and how we prevent them from happening in the future. In today's blog, the professionals from Ai Restoration are here to tell you about the most common … [Read more...] about Stucco Water Damage: How and Why it Happens
One common incident with stucco in homes of certain designs is the appearance of stair step cracks in the stucco. Maybe you've noticed cracks or lines in your stucco going up, then across, then up again, and then across again, like a set of stairs. It's helpful to know what causes these sorts of cracks in order to address them appropriately. After all, how do you know if this has a simple solution or a costly one? Today we'll tell you what causes cracks like stair step cracks in your stucco. Stair Step Cracks in … [Read more...] about What Causes Stair Step Cracks in Stucco?
Synthetic stucco, also known as exterior insulation and finish system (EIFS), can be finicky. As with any siding system on your home, its purpose is to protect your home from moisture. So if you face water damage, the system becomes compromised. However, full remediation can be expensive, costing both time and money. Today, we'll talk about EIFS water damage, and when you need to consider remediation. Causes of EIFS Water Damage In order to determine whether or not you need remediation, we first need to consider … [Read more...] about EIFS Water Damage: When It’s Time for Remediation
If you've had problems with your stucco in the past, few things can be so frustrating. Most of the time, stucco failures require remediation. After all, if the root problem doesn't get addressed, you can expect to require repair after repair after repair. Because a repair simply addresses external damage, but remediation aims to address the root cause. With that in mind, what causes stucco failures? Thankfully, they come down to one of two simple reasons: an incomplete stucco system or improper installation. Let's … [Read more...] about Common Causes of Stucco Failures and Remediation
We get asked all the time about the differences between remediating, repairing, and/or replacing stucco exterior. Understanding these differences is vital for homeowners to be able to make informed decisions, grasp risks and benefits, simplify complex problems, and know they'll get the best service. So, with that in mind, this blog explains the differences between remediating and replacing your stucco exterior. Remediating Stucco Exterior First, remediating your stucco has a vastly different purpose than simply … [Read more...] about Remediating vs. Replacing Stucco Exterior
Leaking stucco might not sound like a big deal but if stucco begins to fail, that moisture can cause catastrophic damage. What's even more frustrating is that it can be difficult for homeowners to understand what's causing the leaking stucco and how extensive the damage beneath the stucco really is. As remediation professionals, we believe it's important for our clients to understand exactly what is happening beneath their stucco and how we intend to remediate the problem and keep it from happening again. … [Read more...] about Leaking Stucco: Causes and Solutions
Often after moisture problems, window drainage issues, and other concerns that lead to stucco failure, our clients choose a different siding or combination of siding for their homes. If your stucco needs to be remediated and you want to replace it with an alternate siding option, we can help. For each remediation project we undertake, we assign a dedicated project manager whose job it is to guide the homeowner through every step of the process—including selecting replacement materials. Every siding option comes … [Read more...] about Stucco Replacement Options: Stone, Vinyl, & Brick
Replacing windows in stucco walls is a job best left to a remediation professional. In our 20 years of experience, we've seen an abundance of issues with seal failure due to a window replacement in stucco. So, in today's blog, we'll explain why replacing windows in stucco walls can be damaging to your exterior, and why a proper remediation with new construction windows may be necessary instead. Problems When Replacing Windows in Stucco Walls Why do replacement windows cause such problems with stucco siding? As … [Read more...] about Replacing Windows in Stucco Walls: Why Replacement Windows Don’t Work
If you've noticed water leaking through your window frame, you have cause for concern. As exterior building envelope experts with over 20 years of experience remediating homes with water damage issue, we know just how common window frame leaks can be—and just how much damage they can cause. In this post we'll review some of the most common causes of water leaking through the window frame, and at what point it's important to call a professional. Water Leaking Through Window Frame Causes First, let's go over the … [Read more...] about Why Is Water Leaking Through the Window Frame?
Stucco installation mistakes can lead to extensive water damage on stucco homes, and stucco chimneys are no exception. Stucco chimney deterioration happens when a stucco covered chimney is missing vital components of a proper stucco system (or if the system was installed ineffectively). In this case, water is able to penetrate the surface, accumulate, and cause rot, mold and other damage. Of course, stucco chimneys can naturally deteriorate slowly over many years. But when the problem is quick, extensive, and … [Read more...] about Stucco Chimney Deterioration: When It’s Time for Remediation