When going through a big project such as residing your home, it can be tempting to take any shortcut you can to cut costs. One such shortcut is to apply your stucco without control joints. Many homeowners don’t know what control joints do, but they are actually a vital part of the stucco application process to help prevent cracking and reduce cracking over time. Here we discuss what stucco control joints do - and why skipping them is a bad idea. Types of Control Joints Stucco control joints can either be one … [Read more...] about Why Stucco Without Control Joints is a Bad Idea
The best way to protect stucco from water damage is to understand how water damage occurs, and intervene as soon as possible when you see signs of damage. Below we discuss the 4 leading causes of water damage in stucco and outline our top suggestions to protect stucco from water damage. Problem: Improper Stucco Composition An appropriately balanced mixture of Portland cement, sand, and water will yield a durable and sturdy stucco composition. Standardized ingredients and a complete curation period will give a … [Read more...] about How to Protect Stucco from Water Damage
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
Have you ever found yourself wondering: how is stucco made? This blog covers the basics of stucco: how it's made, how it gets its color and how it's applied to your home. How is Stucco Made? When it comes down to it, traditional masonry stucco (used on the exterior of homes), contains a mixture of lime, sand, and cement. When properly mixed, the stucco hardens into a material that can be applied to the exterior of your home and is incredibly easy to maintain. What is a Basic Mix of Stucco? When applying stucco … [Read more...] about How is Stucco Made?
Depending on the age of your home, the stucco might be so old that it needs to be replaced and any underlying issues remediated. Old stucco can be problematic, especially if you don't know of the issues that could be plaguing the exterior of your home. Many stucco issues can wind up causing damage inside the home, especially when water is involved. Today, the team from Ai Restoration provides you with information regarding the most common problems found with older stucco and when it is time to remediate. Stains on … [Read more...] about Old Stucco: When Is It Time to Remediate?
If you are remediating the stucco or other siding on your home, it's likely going to be an extensive process. Often, remediation includes removing the full elevation of your exterior, from outside corner to outside corner. This means that replacing doors in stucco remediation projects is an important part of the process. Door replacement, just like the stucco remediation itself, should be done by an experienced contractor, like those at Ai Restoration. In today's blog, we'll discuss why doors are a common site … [Read more...] about Replacing Doors in Stucco Remediation Projects
Homes across the country have been using stucco as an exterior option for decades. It is a great alternative to siding, stone, and brick. For quite a long time, stucco was just stucco. There was no alternative to traditional stucco. Then, in the 1960s, synthetic stucco hit the market in the US, after coming from Europe. Synthetic stucco, also known as EIFS stucco, quickly became popular and looked similar to traditional stucco. So, what is EIFS stucco? What is EIFS Stucco? For starters, let's define what EIFS … [Read more...] about What is EIFS Stucco?
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)
Whether you’re considering purchasing a stucco home or simply looking to upgrade your current residence, stucco is a fantastic, all-around quality material to consider. Often the most misunderstood type of material used to build homes, stucco is not only affordable but also very durable for homes of all sizes and types. One of the reasons stucco is used by many home builders across the country is because stucco is known for its incredible durability compared to other materials used. How long does stucco last? When … [Read more...] about How Long Does Stucco Last? What You Need to Know