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
Contrary to popular belief, stucco failure is usually not caused by the stucco itself. Stucco failure is almost always the result of improper or incomplete installation. When stucco gained popularity in the late 20th century, many homes were constructed with stucco siding without proper knowledge of waterproofing material. As a result, extensive moisture problems lying beneath the surface of the stucco started showing through the surface of stucco homes all over the country, but especially in our region of … [Read more...] about Causes of Stucco Failure (and How to Fix Them)
If you notice your stucco separating from the wall, that means your stucco is buckling. Far from being a merely cosmetic issue, buckling stucco can be a sign of deeper damage. That's why simply replacing the stucco won't help to solve the problem. It may initially fix the cosmetic issue, but the buckling will soon return if the underlying concerns are not addressed. So, in this blog, we'll explain some of the main causes of stucco separating from the wall, and what you can do about it. Stucco Separating … [Read more...] about Stucco Separating from Wall: When You Need Remediation
One of the main purposes of siding is to keep moisture from damaging the interior structure of your home. It helps deflect moisture and prevents leakage inside your house. An improperly installed or incomplete siding system runs the risk of catastrophic water damage. With stucco specifically, a proper system is able to effectively drain water after rain fall. But if the stucco system is installed incorrectly or missing a vital component, water will pool in the underlying materials and cause rot, mold and other … [Read more...] about How Does Water Damage Lead to Issues With Stucco?
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