Longer hours of sunlight and warmer weather lead us to spend more time outside. A natural side effect to our extended time outdoors is noticing our home’s exterior more. This makes summer the perfect time to perform an annual inspection of your stucco exterior to seek out any signs of stucco problems. If you notice any of these signs, an immediate phone call to a professional stucco inspection company is in order. Top 3 Signs Of Stucco Problems—And The Most Likely Culprit Increasing Cracks and Crumbling: … [Read more...] about Signs of Stucco Problems And What You Can Do About Them
When it comes to being homeowners, we have so much on our to-do lists. It is hard to keep up with it all. With so much going on, you might be wondering if you can ignore stucco discoloration for the time being. However, at Ai Restoration, we have dealt with many catastrophes due to customers overlooking what they think are merely surface blemishes. Stucco Discoloration: What You Need To Know Say “NO” To Paint: While you may be tempted to treat stucco discoloration as a cosmetic issue that can be concealed, we … [Read more...] about Stucco Discoloration: A Problem You Should Never Ignore
If you were told you needed restorative or reconstructive dental work in order to keep your mouth properly functioning, what would you do? Would you choose an inexperienced dentist just for a more affordable rate? All too often, when it comes to choosing contractors to work on our homes, we choose a “cheaper” choice that is more expensive in the long run. Bad stucco is often the result of improper or inexperienced installation. Why DIY And Inept Installers Are Definite Dont’s With home improvement channels … [Read more...] about Bad Stucco: A Big Problem To Be Wary Of
If you walked out in a rainstorm with only a poncho to keep you dry, how long would you stay completely dry? Not very long at all. Then why do we, as homeowners, expect our homes to stay perfectly dry without adequate protection from moisture? With any stucco or siding, a quality water-resistant barrier, such as Benjamin Obdyke’s HydroGap Housewrap, is needed. Hidden Issues Lead to Major Problems When a proper water management system is not installed prior to stucco installation, major problems will arise. This … [Read more...] about How We Use HydroGap Housewrap During Stucco Installation or Remediation
Some people love the look of ivy or vines on the exterior of a home. Others hate these creeping enemies. Whatever your opinion on how it looks, ivy and stucco don’t make a great team. In fact, ivy can destroy stucco. To understand why and how to remove vines from stucco, read on. The Trouble With Vines or Ivy Ivy grows fast and has serious clinging power when it comes to your stucco exterior. Part of the compound of ivy actually acts like super glue as it grows onto your home. The ivy spreads and easily sneaks … [Read more...] about How to Remove Vines From Stucco
When homeowners are overwhelmed with options for stucco companies, it’s tempting to go with what comes across as the easy or cheap choice. However, when it comes to your home, “easy” and “cheap” don't necessarily equal “best” and “safest.” This is especially true when it comes to stucco remediation and restoration—projects that require a certified stucco specialist. The Crucial Reason to Hire a Stucco Specialist Over DIY With the popularity of home improvement shows, we may think we can accomplish just about … [Read more...] about A Stucco Specialist is the Solution to Your Stucco Issue
Stucco exteriors should inspire confidence in homeowners. Why? Because stucco is incredibly durable and resilient. However, sometimes problems can arise with your stucco home. In this blog, our team of experts at Ai Restoration will explain what causes delamination in stucco and what you should do about it. What is Stucco Delamination? When stucco is installed, it is applied in separate layers. Each layer must completely cure, or dry, before the next layer can be applied. This ensures each layer adheres to the … [Read more...] about What Causes Delamination in Stucco?
Stucco has amazing durability and a beautiful aesthetic. To maintain that elegance, you might be tempted to “freshen it up" with a can of paint. So, what’s the best way to paint stucco? DON'T. As experts in the stucco remediation and restoration industry for more than two decades, we at Ai Restoration cannot warn you about this enough. Read on to find out the facts about why paint and stucco don’t go together and what you should do to keep your stucco looking fresh. How Stucco Works One of the best qualities of … [Read more...] about Best Way to Paint Stucco? A Word of Caution
If stucco problems are a concern, read on to learn about stucco removal from exterior walls. While a major renovation, it's often best to tackle sooner rather than later. Removing stucco can reveal structural damage and rot that becomes only more costly if left hidden and without remediation. What Causes Stucco Problems Often, stucco problems are the result of improper installation. Inexperienced installers can rush the job by not allowing proper time between coats. Unfortunately, when not allowed adequate drying … [Read more...] about Stucco Removal From Exterior Walls: Damages and Decay Exposed
No matter what kind of exterior is on your home, regular inspections are the best way to ensure expensive problems don't arise. With stucco exteriors, there are particular signs that hint at damage. If you spot any, you may need to hire an experienced company to aid in removing stucco that is damaged. Reasons for Stucco Remediation Once a year, take a walk around your home for a close inspection of your stucco. Signs of damage include spider cracks, rot, or mold. If you notice any of these issues, call Ai … [Read more...] about Removing Stucco: When Is It Necessary?