Stucco is one of the most popular materials used on the interior and exterior of homes around the country. Not only is it a cost-effective option, but it is also very durable and gives a unique appearance to your home. Whether you currently have a stucco home or know someone who does, you’ve likely heard that stucco is prone to cracking on occasion. But why does new stucco crack? In this brief post, we’ll explore why stucco cracks and how to prevent cracks from occurring. Why Does New Stucco Crack? Like virtually … [Read more...] about Why Does New Stucco Crack?
Over time, all homes and buildings show some signs of wear and tear. But how can you tell when “some” is really “too much”? When it comes to stucco cracks around windows, consulting a stucco expert like Ai Restoration is key to getting the right answer. Stucco Cracks Around Windows What’s Normal? It might sound strange to say, but some cracks in stucco are normal. Over time, hairline cracks smaller than ⅛ of an inch may form due to normal settling of a home. Stucco is a material that can expand and contract, … [Read more...] about Stucco Cracks Around Windows: How Much Is Okay?
Buying a home is an exciting time in our lives. The shiny new appliances, the perfectly painted walls, and the freshly finished floors all put stars in our eyes. But if we don’t have proper inspections completed before we buy our “dream home,” it can quickly turn into a nightmare. This is especially true when buying a stucco home. It’s important to have a stucco specialist or water intrusion specialist inspect before you buy. Buyer Beware: A Guide For Buying A stucco Home What Causes Stucco to Become … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know Before Buying a Stucco Home
Most of us have heard the adage “No news is good news.” However, with hard coat stucco problems, you may want to follow the opposite advice. While stucco may appear to have no issues or only minor issues on the outside, it can often cause major problems for your home on the inside. This is why it's essential to have it inspected and maintained regularly by experienced stucco professionals. What Are Signs Of Common Hard Coat Stucco Problems? Staining and Efflorescence: White, grey, black, and green stains or … [Read more...] about Hard Coat Stucco Problems: The High Cost of Frequent Issues
Before fixing stucco cracks, you must determine the cause. Most stucco cracks are a sign that something is wrong. It’s important to figure out if that issue is merely surface level, or if it’s a sign of something more serious lurking beneath. In this blog, Ai Restoration discusses why fixing stucco cracks may be more complicated than it seems. Can I Fix Stucco Cracks Myself? Although you may be tempted to treat fixing stucco cracks as just quickly concealing an eyesore, that is the wrong approach. The moment you … [Read more...] about Fixing Stucco Cracks: A Job For Stucco Professionals
As a long-standing, popular choice for home exteriors, stucco is visible in nearly every neighborhood. Yet for all its popularity and longevity, the ins and outs of stucco aren’t as well-known because it’s such a specialized craft. With nearly 20 years in the stucco business, our team at Ai Restoration has heard tons of questions regarding stucco. Basically, stucco questions tend to fall into three categories: durability, maintenance, and aesthetics. Durability Is stucco waterproof? Stucco is a permeable … [Read more...] about Stucco Questions: Frequently Asked, Expertly Answered
Home ownership can be both fulfilling and stressful. For homeowners with EIFS or synthetic stucco, stressful synthetic stucco problems are all too common. If you have a home with EIFS, you need information about exactly what lies beneath the surface of your seemingly beautiful exterior. In this blog, Ai Restoration discusses what can go wrong with synthetic stucco. The Underlying Cause Of Synthetic Stucco Problems Synthetic stucco's makeup makes it desirable for its energy efficiency, but this can also lead to … [Read more...] about The Most Common Synthetic Stucco Problems
The more unpleasant a task is, the more likely we are to put it off. We’ve all been there—leaving an unpleasant chore for another day or delaying home repairs if they do not seem urgent. However, home repair, remediation, and restoration experts agree that delaying necessary repairs will only lead to higher costs and worse damage. As experts in stucco restoration, our team at AI Restoration can explain the benefits of timely stucco repairs. Common Culprits That Stealthily Destroy Stucco—And Your Home’s … [Read more...] about Why You Shouldn’t Delay Stucco Restoration
Stucco and trim color combinations typically follow the patterns that you may notice in many homes these days. Folks tend to go for neutral tones. This is because an elegant stucco and trim color combination palette provides a perfect backdrop for sweeping porches, stately wrought iron, and much more. Alternating Tone On Tone Using two tones of the same neutral color family allows for an aesthetically pleasing look without being too much for the general home shopper. For example, a soft beige trim accenting a … [Read more...] about Popular Stucco and Trim Color Combinations For Your Home
If you’ve ever walked into a home improvement store, you know the combinations of colors and options are seemingly endless. The sheer volume of choice can overwhelm you. The same can be said for types of stucco. So to help you understand the ins and outs of stucco, here’s your guide to the types of stucco and our top recommendation! Two Types of Stucco Systems Traditional: Traditional stucco is made up of a mixture of water, sand, lime, and Portland cement. These carefully measured ingredients are applied in … [Read more...] about Your Guide to the Types of Stucco