One of the biggest benefits of stucco is that it can help make your home more energy efficient. However, if a stucco exterior is poorly installed or not maintained properly, several serious issues can arise. The most serious problem stems from water-related issues—specifically, excess moisture that becomes trapped in your home.
The inspector will first walk completely around your home and look for telltale signs of moisture—such as staining, cracks, and stucco running below grade.
This method of identifying the amount of moisture in specific areas involves drilling small holes and inserting a moisture probe into an area. The probe holes are then filled with a silicone caulk that ideally matches the color of the stucco and generally blends into the system.
An infrared image of the home can often show areas with levels of moisture that can cause problems.
One thing you can consider to protect your investment is a stucco inspection. Only a professional stucco inspector will truly be able to tell if your home may have problems.
Here is an overview of what this inspection may include:
Leaving your stucco to deteriorate without maintenance can cause many problems to your property and cause more damage down the line. Moisture and leakage that can seep into cracks in your stucco can weaken the structure and cause mold which can be hazardous to health.
Repair options may include:
(Exterior Insulation and Finish System)
One of the most common issues with EIFS is bird nesting. If untreated, bird nesting can cause damage to your stucco house as it can create an environment for mold to grow where there is no waterproof system in place. Without maintenance wood framing, insulation, and sheet rock can be tarnished easily. Aside from the damage to your property, black mold can also cause illnesses.
hardcoat stucco repair
Traditional Portland cement plaster is a time tested exterior with a breathable finish. It consists of Portland cement, sand and fiber glass mixed with water to form a workable plaster. While it is a great solution it can get hairline cracks due to factors including incorrectly mixed proportions, insufficient mixing, and faulty workmanship.
After it has rained you may notice that your stucco becomes darker until dry. This is because it has absorbed water hence the color change. After painting the stucco it completely seals the material, so moisture won’t penetrate it. This allows the color to remain consistent even during a very rainy day.
While it’s true that stucco is well-known for absorbing moisture, painting stucco with the right paint can ensure it stays waterproofed and damp spots are kept at bay. Paint manufacturers have developed special exterior painting systems for stucco in order to make it even more weather resistant. Preventing moisture from entering stucco can help your home maintain an attractive appearance for many years.