If you’re noticing significant leaks or drafts around your windows, it can be tempting to use caulk to fix the problem. While caulk is sometimes the answer to moisture problems, it can also simply be like putting a band aid on a much bigger issue. So what do you do when you have leaky or drafty windows? Is caulking stucco around windows a sufficient solution? Keep reading to find out. Causes of Stucco Cracks Before recommending a solution for the cracks in your stucco, it’s important to understand why the … [Read more...] about Caulking Stucco Around Windows: Will it Fix the Problem?
We've already discussed why stucco without control joints is a bad idea - but what exactly do stucco control joints do? How can stucco control joint installation improve the longevity of your stucco exterior? We took a deep dive to answer these questions and more. What do stucco control joints do? The purpose of a stucco control joint is to relieve stresses on the stucco and reduce cracking and other damage caused by those stresses. Things like changes in temperature, humidity, and even ground movement can … [Read more...] about What Does a Stucco Control Joint Do?
Choosing a color for your home can be exciting and nerve-wracking. After all, a color switch provides the feel of a total home makeover. But since it’s not something you do every day, you have to choose wisely. Feeling stuck about what color is right for you? Ai Restoration can help. Check out our suggestions for the most popular stucco colors this year! Most Popular Stucco Colors and Combinations For 2018 The trendiness of stucco colors can vary by region. Here in the northeast, homeowners tend to lean toward … [Read more...] about Most Popular Stucco Colors This Year
Stucco has consistently been used throughout history, all over the world. Because of its durable nature and timeless appearance, stucco has remained a popular art and architectural choice over time. Read on to learn more about the living history of stucco. Not So Humble Beginnings: History of Stucco Egypt. Greece. Rome. Mesopotamia. India. These famed ancient societies known for their beautiful art and incredible architecture are among the first to use stucco. They frequently used stucco both in art and … [Read more...] about History of Stucco: Not Just For The Ancients
If asked to compare two items, say, coffee and tea, you could easily find similarities–both can be served hot or cold, both can be made by a similar process. Yet, the differences are equally noticeable and significant; most obviously the taste and ingredients, while similar are not the same. This idea is comparable to the plaster vs stucco debate. Although, they have a similar process and appearance, they are quite different. Plaster vs Stucco: Let’s Start with What’s the Same While stucco and plaster do have key … [Read more...] about Plaster vs Stucco: What’s the Difference?
Stucco is a cost-effective, reliable material for the exterior of your home. When correctly installed and thoughtfully maintained, stucco can last close to a century. What does it mean to take care of your home’s stucco exterior? Read on to discover Ai Restoration’s top Do’s and Don’ts for stucco maintenance. Do complete an annual inspection. This step is both the easiest and the most necessary. If you don’t survey your exterior regularly, you likely won’t spot problems, such as cracks, mold, or staining until … [Read more...] about Stucco Maintenance: Don’t Neglect It Until It’s Too Late
Stucco homes are sought after for their durability as well as their beauty. One classic stucco finish is the smooth, or Santa Barbara, finish common in Southwestern and European inspired architecture. This finish adds a clean look to any home. If you’ve been contemplating giving the exterior of your home a face-lift that will leave your neighbors in awe, read on to find out how to smooth stucco finish. Key Ingredients for How to Smooth Stucco Finish: Quality Materials: Quality materials are a must if … [Read more...] about How to Smooth Stucco Finish and Get Out of a Stucco Rut
If you’re like many people, you’re probably not an expert on every detail of the exterior of your stucco home. You may think you’re doing your best by simply power-washing or painting the exterior to keep it looking fresh. But these measures can cause or exacerbate problems with your stucco. If you own a stucco home, read on to find out how to save yourself from the expensive headaches that come with improper care or improper installation, and once and for all, understand, “Is stucco waterproof?” … [Read more...] about Homeowners Need to Know: Is Stucco Waterproof?
Fiberglass Siding Vs. Vinyl Siding When it comes to choosing a siding for your home, we have several options for our customers. While we’re certainly experts and happy to help in the decision making process, we want our clients to understand why a specific decision was made. To help you better understand to the differences between fiberglass siding and vinyl siding, we’ve laid out a few of the benefits of each product. Armed with this information, we hope making a decision about which siding to use will be a … [Read more...] about Understanding the Benefits of Fiberglass Siding and Vinyl Siding
We use a couple of different siding options at Ai Restoration. But when it comes to beaded vinyl siding, there are a few reasons why our clients love it. Introduced in the 1950s to replace aluminum siding, vinyl siding has become a staple for contractors and homeowners across the US. At the same time, it should be noted that not all beaded vinyl siding is created equal. Vinyl siding can have a reputation of sagging and warping. Generally that reputation comes from old forms of vinyl which are no longer in use. … [Read more...] about Beaded Vinyl Siding – Why Our Clients Love It