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?
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?
Caulk can seem like a wonderful option to fix leaks or drafts around your windows, but often doing stucco repair with caulk is merely putting a band aid on a much bigger problem. So what should you do? Can you ever repair stucco with caulk? When Caulk Seems Like a Good Solution When stucco cracks around windows, caulk appears to be a quick and simple way to fill in the cracks and move on with your day. However, this only helps in the short term, and could be covering up more serious problems down the line. … [Read more...] about Can You Repair Stucco with Caulk?
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
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
Homeowners who are concerned about their stucco may want to proceed with an inspection to reveal possible underlying problems. Part of that inspection includes testing for moisture beneath the surface. If the siding is EIFS, the home will need EIFS moisture testing. A test may not be able to reverse damage, but a properly interpreted moisture test can be a good indication of what to expect underneath your siding. How Does EIFS Moisture Testing Work? EIFS moisture testing is a process that should be done if … [Read more...] about The Importance of Stucco and EIFS Moisture Testing
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
If you have a home with stucco as the exterior, you need to know how to care for it and how to spot damage. Thankfully, with stucco, it often isn't very difficult to spot damage. One of the most common ways to spot stucco damage is to look for holes in the stucco. You might also notice pieces of stucco on your porch, sidewalk, or driveway, which points to stucco damage. In today's post, the team at Ai Restoration has put together a list of the most common signs of stucco damage from water. Signs of Stucco Damage … [Read more...] about Signs of Stucco Damage from Water
Stucco is a popular option for the exterior of homes and commercial properties all across the country. Stucco is very versatile - homeowners can choose the color of the material so that it matches the shutters, doors, and trim of the home. With the right maintenance, your stucco can last for decades. If you purchased a home that already had stucco installed, you likely want to know more about it so that you'll know how to maintain it. One of the most common issues the team at Ai Restoration handles for customers is … [Read more...] about How to Identify Synthetic Stucco (EIFS)