If your home is covered in stucco, you’re at risk for serious damage over time. Because stucco is such an absorbent material, excess moisture can build up and the flashing can fail, leading to significant damage to your home.
However, we still have homeowners question if stucco remediation is worth it or if it’s just a way for contractors to make extra money.
We can assure you that here at MHx Designs, we’ll never recommend any home improvement updates unless you and your home will benefit from them. We operate from a place of full transparency, putting our customer satisfaction over profit.
Read on for a closer look at the issues that come along with stucco and why stucco remediation can help save your home.
How Do Issues with Stucco Begin?
Let’s be clear that stucco can be a good siding choice for homes in certain climates. Unfortunately, that’s not usually the case in our area of the country.
A lot of times, there are mistakes made during the initial stucco construction process that makes the already absorbent material more susceptible to water damage. When you combine that with the extremes of our Northeast weather, water often gets trapped behind the stucco, causing homes to rot all the way through.
While builders can make mistakes during construction, issues with stucco aren’t an isolated issue. Stucco homes are affected by this damage regardless of the builder. In fact, even homes built by well-known, reputable builders suffer from stucco damage.
The problem is so common that many Pennsylvania residents have sued builders – both successfully and unsuccessfully – for the poor building conditions that led to their stucco issues.
What Happens When Stucco Issues Aren’t Addressed?
Unfortunately, stucco issues won’t resolve themselves if ignored; the problems will only get worse. However, there are a few warning signs you can look for that indicate your stucco is failing before the damage is too far gone.
Water Spots and Staining
You might start to notice water spots in the form of white hazy streaks or dark splotches around your doors and windows, which can ultimately lead to the formation of black mold. This is a sign that your stucco is damaged.
While small cracks in your stucco generally aren’t a cause for concern, large cracks can allow water to leak in and become trapped. And, simply repairing the cracks only provides a temporary solution, so full stucco remediation will probably be needed to prevent more damage.
Dried, shrunken, or missing caulking leaves your home susceptible to water intrusion around your doors, windows, exterior lighting, and decks. You’ll want to keep an eye on your caulking to ensure your home is protected from wet weather conditions.
If any of these issues are left untreated, the condition will continue to worsen, until eventually rot and mold issues develop. These issues are not only bad for the structural integrity of your home, but they can also lead to health issues for your family, and cause hardships if you later decide to sell your home.
Only Work With a Trusted Contractor
While it’s clear that stucco remediation services are not a scam, you need to take precautions when choosing a vendor to work on your home. The unfortunate reality is that sometimes scams can happen, especially if homeowners don’t have proper knowledge or information about their project.
Stucco remediation is a major renovation project and not something that should be done unless it’s absolutely needed. If a contractor is pressuring you to complete a full stucco remediation project, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion.
What Can You Do to Avoid Being Scammed?
Before speaking with a vendor about your stucco, conduct a visual self-inspection to look for some of the warning signs that we covered above. You can reference our Stucco Remediation Guide to learn more about how to determine if you need stucco repair services or a full stucco remediation project.
You might also consider hiring a professional stucco inspector to take a thorough look at your home and make recommendations.
Request a Free Consultation
Are you concerned about your home’s stucco? Contact the experts at MHx Designs for a free consultation today. We promise to take our time when looking at your home and we’ll listen to and address any concerns you may have regarding your home improvement project.
We’ve got plenty of experience with stucco repairs and remediation and if you choose us as your vendor, your home will always be in good hands.