Stucco is a great way to uplift a home’s aesthetic appearance and curb appeal. However, when installed incorrectly or hastily, stucco can lead to problems like leaks and mold growth which can cause serious damage to your walls and property. At Hynes, we have decades worth of experience in helping homeowners give a whole new lease of life to their existing stucco structure with expert stucco remediation services. Here’s an insightful read from our stucco pros on the steps a good contractor would follow while remediating the stucco structure of your home.
1. Confirm the problem
Stucco remediation is an expensive process, with the cost running into several thousands of dollars. The first step therefore, is to make sure your stucco really has a problem that calls for this investment. The solution is a moisture test. It’s a test that will enable experts to detect the nature of your problem right before you set out trying to fix it.
2. Get to the root cause
Once a moisture test confirms the need for stucco remediation, the next step is to remove the damaged stucco exterior to access the area underneath where the real issue may lie.
3. Fix the issue
Understanding the real problem is when the task of remediation truly begins. The solution often involves mold remediation as well as replacement of the wet insulation before it becomes a hot spot for fresh mold growth. If the leak is extensive, the process of remediation may even cover replacement of damaged wall studs and panels.
4. Fix the doors and windows
Extensive stucco leaks can spread the damage right up to the frames of windows and doors. That being the case, the process of remediation also oversees improvements and repairs of these elements making the overall remediation highly efficient and cost effective to the homeowner.
5. New siding for a whole new look
After fixing the stucco issue from the roots, it’s time to make the home as good as new, all over again. The final step of stucco remediation will ensure a brand new addition of siding to the home’s exterior based on the home owner’s preference or choice from a range of siding materials including fiber cement, composite and others.
– Some Stucco FAQs:
1. Signs of stucco failure
The signs could vary from exterior cracks to staining under windows to dark spots to cracks around light fixtures to missing pieces.
2. Areas of stucco damage
The common areas where you can expect your stucco to be damaged include: windows, masonry and window sills, roof transitions, doors, deck/patio, chimney, ground clearance and other open areas.
– Advantages and disadvantages of stucco
Stucco is a more affordable option than brick and the installation is much easier as well. It also enhances a home’s aesthetics and energy efficiency. However, stucco is known to crack over time as a house expands, contracts and settles. Stucco can also trap moisture in areas with rainfall leading to damage.
1. Quality of stucco contractor
Stucco can become a liability when entrusted to the wrong hands. This could either be due to a choice of low quality material or not following the professional guidelines of stucco installation.
2. Time for stucco remediation
Although the exact time required for stucco remediation depends on the scope of work, a project roughly takes up anywhere between 10 to 18 days of work time.
3. Stay during remediation
This is a common concern of most homeowners. And the answer is yes, you can stay home while the remediation is in progress. However, the process could involve a fair degree of noise which may take a little getting used to.
We hope this article from our stucco experts will help you understand the intricacies of the stucco remediation process and also know more about one of the most preferred materials in the home improvement industry. If you need to know more about stucco remediation cost or would like to explore exterior home contractors with experience in stucco remediation or who offer stucco remediation near you, speak to us at Hynes. We’re a locally owned and operated roofing and siding contractor with the right licenses, resources and skills to handle your remediation needs with high quality products and exceptional service.