Gavin Semrow, founder of Ai Restoration, is partnering with Dörken to help aid in the remediation process and educate building professionals on the dangers of improper stucco and manufactured stone cladding installation. Stucco and manufactured stone veneers have been used for decades in the building industry. These claddings were once viewed as a high-end, very aesthetically pleasing cladding systems that were suitable for keeping water out long term. Without the right underlying system, these cladding … [Read more...] about Restoring Expectations and Driving Industry Change
Stucco can be an attractive and durable façade for a home. Like any construction material, there are pros and cons. Below we discuss the pros and cons of stucco to help you decide if stucco is right for your home. Pros of Stucco We’re going to look at the positive advantages of stucco first, beginning with durability. Stucco is made to last, and can stand up well to weather, wind, and other types of debris. Additionally, stucco is resistant to fire and insects and because of this, is a relatively low … [Read more...] about Pros and Cons of Stucco for a Home
One of the most obvious signs of windows leaking in a stucco exterior home is water pooling on the window sill or floor beneath a window during heavy rainfall. You may also notice small water stains if the problem has been occurring for awhile. If you’re certain there are no cracks in the glass pane, it’s possible your stucco may be to blame for the water intrusion. Why Are My Windows Leaking? Like many issues with stucco homes, the number one cause of windows leaking in a stucco exterior is improper … [Read more...] about Windows Leaking in a Stucco Exterior
When faced with stucco problems (like leaks and stains), most homeowners want to fix the problem as quickly and as inexpensively as possible. Naturally, when it comes to things like stucco leak repair, a band aid solution can be tempting. However, the quick fix doesn’t do anything to address the underlying problems, which is why it’s important to have a professional evaluate the leak and help you decide what to do next. Signs of Leaky Stucco We’ve already discussed some of the more obvious (and tempting to fix … [Read more...] about Stucco Leak Repair: Why You Need a Professional
For owners of stucco homes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the experiences with the material usually fall into two camps. For many homeowners, stucco is a wonderful building material, combining both form and function. Stucco is a very attractive material for the exterior of a home and also a very practical one. It’s very energy efficient, fire retardant, and reduces noise pollution. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to have positive experiences with their stucco. Over the past couple of decades, many … [Read more...] about Understanding Stucco Problems in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
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 band aid 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 stucco is cracking … [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?