Have you ever noticed a white discoloration or coating on your stucco? It could be efflorescence. Now, you might wonder, ‘Is efflorescence a problem?’ Unfortunately, if there’s a lot of it, then you can’t ignore it. So, in today’s blog, we’ll talk about what is efflorescence, if it’s a problem, and what you can do about it.
What is Efflorescence?
First, we need to understand what we mean by efflorescence. Otherwise, we can’t know what it means for your stucco. Stucco efflorescence looks like a powdery white staining or substance that can grow on brick, mortar, or stucco materials. It happens when water dissolves on the surface and leaves behind a salt deposit. In cold or wet climates, efflorescence can be normal. But it’s not very attractive.
Efflorescence happens in two ways:
- Primary Efflorescence: occurs immediately after curing, often seen on new buildings or new stucco installation.
- Secondary Efflorescence: can occur at any time, more likely to be the cause of recurring efflorescence, which can signify a problem.
Is Efflorescence a Problem?
Second, let’s answer “Is efflorescence a problem?” As you can see from above, primary efflorescence isn’t a big deal. Yet, if you want your siding to look as beautiful as the day it was installed, you might want to get it treated. Regardless, secondary efflorescence can be serious. If it recurs, it can be a sign of retained moisture. In that case, no matter the treatment, efflorescence will come again and again until the root cause gets fixed. But not to worry! There are ways to bring your stucco back to life before it comes undone.
What Can You Do About It? Contact Ai Restoration!
If your efflorescence won’t seem to heal and it keeps recurring, it could be a problem. So, contact us at Ai Restoration! As true building exterior envelope specialists, we understand how your siding system needs to work in order to prevent moisture retainment and the resulting problems. We can determine the root cause of your efflorescence, fix it, and restore your siding to its original glory. Reach out today!