Whether it's stucco, siding, stone or brick, the exterior of your home or business can look perfectly fine and still have underlying problems. For instance, if a high-performance air/moisture barrier wasn't installed during construction, your structure may be vulnerable to leaks, mold and mildew growth and other potentially costly hazards. Today, we'll walk you through how our stucco remediation process works to resolve such issues (or more ideally, to prevent them before they arise). What Does the Stucco … [Read more...] about What Does the Stucco Remediation Process Involve?
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
Have you noticed cracking around your stucco chimney? What about mold or rot? Or do you notice efflorescence? If so, you might need to look into stucco chimney repair. The deterioration on your stucco chimney could be more than just surface damage. This deterioration occurs either when a stucco covered chimney lacks vital components of a proper stucco system, or if the system wasn't installed correctly. In either case, your stucco system becomes compromised. So, if you're searching for stucco chimney repair in … [Read more...] about Stucco Chimney Repair: Call the Remediation Experts
If you experience problems with stucco moisture, you may be wondering when it's time for repair or remediation. When does a crack need simple repair versus remediation? When is discoloration merely cosmetic versus a sign of more serious problems? Is mold in your home always due to stucco problems, or could something else be going on? Let's look deeper into the causes of stucco moisture problems and repair and remediation. Common Causes of Problems Let's review some of the more common causes of problems with your … [Read more...] about Problems With Stucco Moisture: Repair vs. Remediation
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
Stucco installation mistakes can lead to extensive water damage on stucco homes, and stucco chimneys are no exception. Stucco chimney deterioration happens when a stucco covered chimney is missing vital components of a proper stucco system (or if the system was installed ineffectively). In this case, water is able to penetrate the surface, accumulate, and cause rot, mold and other damage. Of course, stucco chimneys can naturally deteriorate slowly over many years. But when the problem is quick, extensive, and … [Read more...] about Stucco Chimney Deterioration: When It’s Time for Remediation
Contrary to popular belief, stucco failure is usually not caused by the stucco itself. Stucco failure is almost always the result of improper or incomplete installation. When stucco gained popularity in the late 20th century, many homes were constructed with stucco siding without proper knowledge of waterproofing material. As a result, extensive moisture problems lying beneath the surface of the stucco started showing through the surface of stucco homes all over the country, but especially in our region of … [Read more...] about Causes of Stucco Failure (and How to Fix Them)
If you notice your stucco separating from the wall, that means your stucco is buckling. Far from being a merely cosmetic issue, buckling stucco can be a sign of deeper damage. That's why simply replacing the stucco won't help to solve the problem. It may initially fix the cosmetic issue, but the buckling will soon return if the underlying concerns are not addressed. So, in this blog, we'll explain some of the main causes of stucco separating from the wall, and what you can do about it. Stucco Separating … [Read more...] about Stucco Separating from Wall: When You Need Remediation
A proper stucco system has multiple elements. Each needs to be installed correctly in order for the system to effectively direct ware away from the structure of your house. These elements range from the stucco itself to water-resistant barriers, window sill pan flashing and more. One important but lesser known element is the weep screed, which plays an important role in directing water away from the foundation of the home. Part of proper installation for a stucco system is the appropriate weep screed gap, also … [Read more...] about Weep Screed Gap: What Should It Be?