A stucco repair job sounds pretty straightforward, right? Just mix it into a wheelbarrow and slather it all over the side of your house. Unfortunately, there's a lot more to it than that. While stucco can be both beautiful and protective, it can also be finicky. A thin patch here or there, or a developing crack, and you could develop moisture problems. Then you're looking at expensive remediation. If you're fixing stucco on your house, the same troubles can happen. How do you know if you've removed enough damaged … [Read more...] about Fixing Stucco on Your House: Why You Should Never DIY
If you've had problems with your stucco in the past, few things can be so frustrating. Most of the time, stucco failures require remediation. After all, if the root problem doesn't get addressed, you can expect to require repair after repair after repair. Because a repair simply addresses external damage, but remediation aims to address the root cause. With that in mind, what causes stucco failures? Thankfully, they come down to one of two simple reasons: an incomplete stucco system or improper installation. Let's … [Read more...] about Common Causes of Stucco Failures and Remediation
We get asked all the time about the differences between remediating, repairing, and/or replacing stucco exterior. Understanding these differences is vital for homeowners to be able to make informed decisions, grasp risks and benefits, simplify complex problems, and know they'll get the best service. So, with that in mind, this blog explains the differences between remediating and replacing your stucco exterior. Remediating Stucco Exterior First, remediating your stucco has a vastly different purpose than simply … [Read more...] about Remediating vs. Replacing Stucco Exterior
Leaking stucco might not sound like a big deal but if stucco begins to fail, that moisture can cause catastrophic damage. What's even more frustrating is that it can be difficult for homeowners to understand what's causing the leaking stucco and how extensive the damage beneath the stucco really is. As remediation professionals, we believe it's important for our clients to understand exactly what is happening beneath their stucco and how we intend to remediate the problem and keep it from happening again. … [Read more...] about Leaking Stucco: Causes and Solutions
One of the main purposes of siding is to keep moisture from damaging the interior structure of your home. It helps deflect moisture and prevents leakage inside your house. An improperly installed or incomplete siding system runs the risk of catastrophic water damage. With stucco specifically, a proper system is able to effectively drain water after rain fall. But if the stucco system is installed incorrectly or missing a vital component, water will pool in the underlying materials and cause rot, mold and other … [Read more...] about How Does Water Damage Lead to Issues With Stucco?
Has your window been leaking recently? Did you hire a contractor to fix the flashing? And after they were done, did they tell you that you shouldn’t have to worry about all of the other windows? Well, unfortunately, they may not have been completely honest. If your windows leak water, that can be disastrous to your home. This is often due to improperly installed flashing. So, today we’re talking about resetting windows, sill-pan flashing, and what you need to do to protect your home. Resetting Windows and Sill-Pan … [Read more...] about Resetting Windows: Sill-Pan Flashing and More
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 … [Read more...] about Is Efflorescence a Problem?
Stucco installation is a fairly complex process. The same holds true for cement board stucco installation. After all, cement board stucco involves, not just a material like stucco, but a whole system. It involves various sheathing, a water resistant barrier, coats of stucco, weep screed, and other elements. With all these variables, numerous installation problems can arise if a contractor has not been properly trained on the process. So, in this blog we're going to address cement board stucco problems and what you … [Read more...] about Cement Board Stucco Problems: When Installation Goes Wrong