What Is the Difference Between Stucco Repair and Stucco Remediation?
Here in the Philadelphia area, we average more than 41 inches of precipitation and 23 inches of snow each year. Unfortunately, if your home’s exterior is made from stucco, it won’t be able to withstand that much moisture. If you’ve noticed signs of damage, you’re probably curious about whether stucco repair or stucco remediation is the best course of action.
We’re here to help you decide. As you continue reading through this article, you’ll learn how to spot stucco issues, the differences between the two options, and how to decide which one makes the most sense for your home.
Signs of Stucco Damage
Before you can decide how to treat stucco issues, it’s important to understand the different signs of damage, as some are not as obvious as others. Here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, these are some of the most common signs of stucco damage that we see:
- Crumbling stucco
- Indentations or soft spots
- Stains from water damage
- Cracks in the stucco
- Moss growth
If you notice any of these issues on your stucco siding, contact our team to set up a free consultation and assessment.
What Is Stucco Repair?
The stucco repair process involves isolating the damage, fixing the specific issues, and then replacing the damaged areas with new stucco. Many homeowners opt for stucco repair because it’s less invasive and usually a less expensive solution.
However, while stucco repair will fix the damage on your siding, it won’t address the underlying causes of that damage. This means that it’s only a matter of time before you notice more issues with your stucco. While repair services have a lower upfront cost, you will likely end up spending more over the life of your stucco if you continue to repair the damage without fixing the root cause of it.
What Is Stucco Remediation?
Stucco remediation, on the other hand, is the process of determining the underlying cause of your stucco damage and addressing it, instead of only focusing on cosmetic fixes. When you hire the MHX Designs team for your stucco remediation project, we’ll start by removing your damaged stucco and doing a thorough inspection to determine the cause of the issues.
From there, we’ll fix any structural damage and then work with you to come up with a replacement plan that’s a permanent solution. Many of our customers opt to replace their stucco with a more durable material like James Hardie fiber cement siding, which is specifically designed to withstand our wet Pennsylvania weather.
How to Choose the Right Solution for Your Home
Honestly, we’ll always recommend that homeowners in our service area opt for a full stucco remediation project instead of stucco repair services. Because we live in a wet climate, simply repairing stucco damage will never be a long-term solution.
It’s better to address the root of the problem as soon as possible, remedy the damage before it gets worse, and replace your siding with a better material, so you don’t have to worry about structural issues down the line. While stucco remediation may be more expensive initially, the price is well worth the peace of mind that you’re making an investment in your home that will save you money over time.
Your Stucco Remediation Experts
Here at MHX Designs, we have a team of experts specifically trained in stucco remediation. When you hire us to work on your home, we’ll guide you through every step of the process, treating your home with the same care that we would our own.
We’d be happy to come out to inspect your stucco damage and talk to you about siding replacement options. Contact us today to get started.