In recent years, exterior stucco that has been poorly installed are causing homeowners to invest in having to resolve via remediation. If you live in a home that has stucco, and have been noticing issues with it—big or small—you will want to have it inspected ASAP. In some cases, your stucco may be okay for now, but for most, your stucco issues may lead to bigger, more expensive issues. Luckily, the stucco remediation experts at Glick’s Exteriors have put together some tips to help guide you through your stucco issues, as well as your stucco remediation project!
What Stucco Remediation Means
Unlike a stucco repair, which involves simply sealing cracks and tears in stucco siding, stucco remediation involves replacing an entire defective stucco system. When stucco has been poorly installed, the only way to fix it is by remediating it. Fortunately, once the underlying defects have been addressed via remediation, rather than just addressing aesthetic issues via repairs, you will not need to remediate your home again.
How to Know When to Remediate
Now that you know what stucco remediation is, you may be wondering how you will know if, or when, your home’s stucco siding needs remediation. Here are three signs to look for to know when stucco needs to be remediated:
- You notice moisture or mold – If you see moisture developing in your ceilings or mold growth on your walls, your stucco may have cracks in it that is causing these issues. In this case, remediation is typically required.
- Its age is impacting its durability – Just like everything in life, the older something gets, the weaker it becomes, and stucco is no exception. If your home’s stucco is getting up there in age, it is crucial to have it inspected every year, to either ensure it is structurally sound or needs to be remediated.
- There’s an increase in absorption – Although stucco is more water resistant than wood or linoleum, when it needs to be remediated, you will notice that its resistance decreases. When this occurs, it is time to get a quote from a stucco remediation expert right away.
What a Remediation Project Entails
If you have noticed one (or all) of the three stucco issue signs listed above, odds are it may be time to have your stucco inspected by a stucco remediation professional. Here is what you can expect during a stucco remediation:
- Remove and replace – Your stucco will need to be torn down and should be replaced with a more modern material, such as vinyl or fiber cement siding.
- Address underlying issues – To address water damage and mold issues, a thorough inspection will first need to be conducted. Then, sheathing, framing and insulation that was affected by water and mold will need to be removed and replaced.
- Hire a stucco remediation expert – Unlike a stucco repair, stucco remediation requires a lot of skill; be sure to hire a contractor who has an impressive stucco remediation portfolio.
- Enjoy a long-term solution – Once you’ve invested in having your stucco remediated by a superior craftsman, you will never need to do it again!