When it comes time to embark on a stucco project, some homeowners tend to try to save money wherever possible. This can mean trying to cut corners. That’s why we are often asked about installing flashing on existing stucco. Can it be done? Will Ai Restoration do it? And what is flashing, anyway? We address all of these questions in today’s post. What is Flashing? Typically comprised of thin pieces of water-resistant material, flashing is part of a complete water management system. If properly installed, … [Read more...] about Can Flashing Be Installed on Existing Stucco?
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
Finding a good stucco contractor is serious business. You’re trusting them with the entire exterior of your home and you want to make sure that the job is done properly. Next time you find yourself wondering, “Where can I find quality exterior stucco contractors near me?”, take these tips into consideration. Tip No. 1 - Check the quality of their work. The best way to evaluate if a stucco contractor will do a good job on your home is to take a look at their past jobs. Checking out their portfolio and looking … [Read more...] about How to Find Good Exterior Stucco Contractors Near Me
Home improvement projects can be a nightmare, which is why many homeowners looking for stucco repair in NJ and PA may want the quickest fix to finish the project. That’s not always the best plan, however, as some of the more common stucco problems can actually be signs of a bigger issue in need of a full remediation. What You See: Cracks What’s Underneath If you see large cracks or clusters of cracks in your stucco, it's possible an error was made in the stucco installation process. When improperly installed, … [Read more...] about Stucco Repair in NJ & PA: When Is It Time For Remediation?
All improperly installed stucco is susceptible to failure. Cracking, mold, and moisture can all wreak havoc on a stucco home and, while it can be tempting to repair small areas or do “mini remediations” as issues arise, nothing can compare to a full remediation done by the professionals at Ai Restoration. But what is stucco remediation? What Is Stucco Remedation? Stucco remediation is the process of not only removing damaged stucco, but also addressing the underlying causes of the damage. Simply put, … [Read more...] about What is Stucco Remediation?
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?