Stucco siding materials can provide an aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient and relatively low maintenance home exterior solution. However, its vulnerability to water damage and deterioration could result in costly repairs or even complete collapse of your house.
Understanding when it's necessary to have your stucco redone in Connecticut is vital, in order to take preventative steps before it's too late.
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Stucco is an attractive and durable exterior wall covering solution. It provides exceptional insulation from heat and cold, as well as protection from rain and snow.
However, stucco homes can develop cracks which signal structural problems which could lead to more extensive damage if left untreated. Cracked stucco is a common issue and difficult to spot without professional inspection.
Horizontal and zig-zag stucco cracks are usually caused by movement within the building structure - whether that's caused by dry plaster drying out, walls expanding and contracting due to weather changes, or foundation movement or settlement.
Hairline cracks (less than 1/8 of an inch wide) are often caused by settlement. They're especially prevalent around windows, doors and AC units.
Whenever you notice a small hairline crack in your paint job, filling it with spackling paste may suffice until re-painting occurs. But if multiple cracks begin appearing consecutively it could be an indicator that something else may be amiss.
Diagonal and stair-stepped cracks can also be an indicator of foundation settlement; these should not be neglected and often measure more than 1/8 inch wide.
They should be clearly visible on either side of your home as an important warning signal.
These cracks are usually caused by foundation settlement or shifting, leading to stucco to detach from walls. When this occurs, other structural issues arise such as cracked drywall and masonry - it is therefore essential that these issues are dealt with immediately.
If your stucco has begun deteriorating and needs redone, contact Wallder Construction LLC immediately! We can identify the root cause of any issues while offering an estimate for repair work.
Stains on your stucco walls could be a telltale sign that water has entered your home, potentially leading to mold or moisture issues that require expert intervention.
Dependent upon the extent of staining, repair may or may not be an appropriate solution. Remediation could prove more expensive but will address any underlying problems which caused staining and damage in the first place.
2. Dark Spots
Stucco is an exterior coating material composed of three dry ingredients - concrete, fine sand and lime (a powdered stone material). It's often chosen as the solution to protect buildings of various kinds.
Stucco is an extremely durable material that can withstand all weather conditions; however, over time its durability can decrease over time. Luckily, paint manufacturers have developed paints specifically tailored for stucco that help prevent water damage to this surface.
Choose a paint that forms a non-breathable membrane to allow moisture to escape without coming in contact with your stucco surface. This will keep it looking its best!
One of the best paints for stucco is elastomeric, which expands and contracts according to temperature changes to fill cracks in hairline cracks and keep water at bay. Elastomeric also makes repairs easier as it blends in seamlessly with areas that have already dried, making touchups simpler than ever.
When painting stucco walls, be sure to use only high-grade paint available at an affordable price. Subpar brands may cause water damage and lead to poor-quality jobs.
If you notice dark spots on your stucco wall, it is wise to seek professional inspection as these spots could indicate that water has entered and caused mold or mildew growth in the wall.
Professional services may be able to remove stains, or they might need to apply an oxidizing agent, which are both more costly solutions but will help avoid future recurrences while improving your home's appearance.
Cracked stucco surfaces should also signal that it needs redone; while minor dings can often be repaired without professional intervention, larger ones require immediate action to repair.
Rain can seep through stucco walls and darken them until completely dried out, leading to various problems including loss of original color and mold growth.
Avoid these issues by diverting water away from your house. Installing proper drip edge metal, gutters and downspouts can help decrease the amount of rainfall that hits your roof and damages its stucco finish.
3. Moisture Damage
Moisture damage is one of the leading causes of stucco failure and should be taken very seriously by any homeowner. Moisture intrusion, mold growth and more may result from this damage and prove extremely expensive to remedy.
Dampness can result in serious structural damage that puts your family's safety at risk, so it's vital that any signs of moisture damage be remedied as quickly as possible! When any signs appear on your stucco it should be redone immediately!
Cracked stucco is one of the telltale signs that moisture damage has taken its toll, so you should look out for both large, obvious ones as well as small hairline ones.
Rusting wood underneath could also be contributing to its breakdown, whether due to age, poor workmanship, installation issues or thermal expansion.
One way to tell if your stucco has become compromised is by touching it with your fingertips; crumbling or breaking under pressure are telling signs.
If you don't have the time or expertise necessary to perform an inspection yourself, enlist the services of a professional contractor who can assess the stucco surface and identify what repairs should be completed.
Mold is an all-pervasive fungus, found both indoors and outdoors. It spreads via airborne spores that land on damp surfaces where it begins to spread further.
While some types of mold are harmless, others can pose serious health concerns. Therefore, it is essential that any potential mold issues be dealt with immediately.
To detect mold issues in your home, the easiest way is to conduct an audit for mold or mildew growth. If any is found, clean the affected areas thoroughly and replace any materials damaged by it with fresh ones.
Once the mold is gone, inspect your home for other potential mold issues such as bubbled paint, uneven hardwood flooring or discoloration of finished surfaces.
Examine your walls carefully for dark spots on them that might indicate mold growth, typically circular in shape and black, green or dark brown in hue.
These spots may have a waxy appearance and an unpleasant odor; if you can't identify their source, consider consulting with a professional to examine the area.
Professional mold inspectors use various tools and equipment to conduct mold and moisture inspections of an area. Their experts can use their experience and skill to spot hidden colonies that would be hard for average homeowners to detect themselves.
Whenever you suspect mold growth on your stucco surface, contact an expert immediately. They can develop a comprehensive plan to address the mold issue and protect your home from further damage.
As well as cleaning and replacing mold in your home, stucco experts can also address any areas with water leaks that might lead to the development of mold or other water-related problems that could harm it further. Doing this could prevent future water-related issues that could potentially compromise its integrity - including mold.
Are you ready to transform your home or business with beautiful, durable stucco? Look no further than Wallder Construction LLC. Our team of expert stucco professionals is dedicated to delivering top-quality results on every project. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards enhancing the beauty and value of your property. Don't settle for anything less than the best – choose Wallder Construction LLC for all your stucco needs!
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