Stucco Assessment and Maintenance Services

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Many homeowners here in Southeastern Pennsylvania have stucco homes, but unfortunately, this siding material isn’t the best option for our climate. At MHX Designs, we specialize in stucco assessment and maintenance services. We are here to provide a stucco assessment, perform stucco maintenance services, remediate the stucco, or replace it, depending on the state of your exterior. 

To learn more about our stucco services, please reach out to our experts by calling 888-944-6493 or contacting us online.

Stucco Assessment and Maintenance Services in SE Pennsylvania

If you’ve recently received a stucco inspection report, you might be feeling confused about how to interpret it and the best way to move forward. Let our stucco experts help! We are here to assess your stucco inspection report so you know the best way to move forward with your exterior. 

Whether you decide to maintain your stucco, remediate it, or replace it with a siding material more suited to our climate, we are the name you can trust for your project.

Before & After Projects

Pottstown, PA

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Harleysville, PA

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New Britain, PA

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Common Stucco Issues

Many stucco homes in Southeastern Pennsylvania develop moisture issues, which can be expensive to repair. Stucco is a porous exterior cladding, which means it absorbs water when it rains or snows. Beyond that, the material is slow to dry, which further exacerbates moisture problems on your exterior. 

There are some early visual indicators that there is damage to your stucco, including the following: 

  • Wall staining
  • Missing gutter/roofline diverters
  • Wear and tear on window caulk
  • Cracks

However, you cannot see the more extensive damage behind the stucco. You’ll need an invasive stucco inspection to better understand your stucco damage. 

The Differences Between a Stucco Assessment and Inspection

When you’re concerned about damage to your stucco, the first step is to speak with an experienced expert like MHX Designs. We can provide a visual general assessment of your stucco, where we look at the following: 

  • Sealants at window and door perimeters and door threshold
  • Mitre joints
  • Window units
  • Head flashing at the top of your windows and doors
  • Evidence of cracking
  • Exposed mesh
  • Transition joints
  • Gutters
  • And more

Another option is to schedule a more detailed stucco inspection. There are two main types you can choose from: 

  • Invasive inspections, where small holes are drilled into the siding and a moisture probe takes readings of water damage
  • Infrared inspections, where an infrared image of the home is taken, which shows moisture levels. 

Stucco assessments and inspections are both important, however, keep in mind that it’s not possible to determine the full extent of stucco issues with only an assessment or inspection. The only way to fully understand the extent of the damage is to remove your stucco. 

Stucco Maintenance Options

When it comes to maintaining your stucco, you need to act sooner rather than later. If there is a problem, putting off maintenance can lead to more extensive and expensive repairs. There are three kinds of stucco stucco maintenance options that we can do to your home. 

Paint: Stucco can be applied with a special waterproof, breathable masonry exterior paint, which can prevent moisture intrusion behind the stucco and seal any minor cracks. 

Caulk: Many stucco cracks happen around windows. New caulking will help prevent water intrusion and minimize future cracking. 

Gutters: Gutter and roofline management are also critical. A clearance is needed between the gutter and stucco, so kick-out flashing or a roofline diverter is a must.

The Stucco Repair Process

When you hire our team of exterior stucco experts for your repair project, we’ll work quickly and efficiently to repair the affected area. Keep in mind that we recommend performing a corner-to-corner repair, at a minimum, as the newly repaired area will not match the existing stucco’s color and texture. 

During the stucco repair process, we’ll

  • Remove the loose stucco, being careful not to damage the wood lath underneath it
  • Trim builder’s paper to fit where the old stucco meets the wood lath and fasten the paper in place
  • Add metal lath over the paper, securing it in place
  • Mix and apply the new stucco, scoring its surface to improve the bond for the second coat
  • Apply the finishing coat
  • Paint the new stucco area after allowing it to cure

When Repairs Are Not Enough

Unfortunately, stucco repairs are only a temporary fix. In most cases, we recommend that homeowners instead opt for stucco remediation, which involves completely removing the stucco from your home. 

After we do this, we’ll assess the damage and install a Water Resistive Barrier system to protect your home against future damage. If you opt to replace your stucco with a siding material that’s better suited to our wet environment, we recommend a durable option like James Hardie siding

Why Choose MHX Designs?

You don’t want to trust just any contractor to take on your siding repair or replacement project. Instead, trust a local expert like our team at MHX Designs. We specialize in stucco remediation, so we know exactly what issues to look for and how to fix them so your home is protected against the elements. 

Schedule Your Stucco Repair Project

If your stucco exterior is showing signs of wear and tear, don’t wait until the issues get worse before taking care of them. We’d be happy to come out to inspect the state of your stucco, making professional recommendations about whether repairs, remediation, or a full replacement is the best course of action. 

To get your project scheduled, please call us at 215-792-3681 or contact us online.

Stucco Repair FAQs

How much will it cost to repair my stucco?

While it depends on the state of your siding, most stucco repairs range in price between $8 and $50 per square foot. Once we inspect your stucco, we’ll be able to give you a more accurate pricing estimate. 

How long does stucco generally last?

In a wet climate like ours, stucco generally lasts around 20 years. If your stucco is nearing the end of its life expectancy, it might be better to replace it instead of trying to repair it as a quick fix.

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Why Choose MHX Designs?

We are proud to be the most trusted and preferred stucco remediation and remodeling company in Southeastern Pennsylvania. In the last five years, we have completed over 300 stucco remediation projects and we can help you assess, maintain, repair, or replace your stucco as well. 

Schedule Stucco Assessment and Maintenance Services Today

If you’d like us to assess your stucco inspection report, visually assess your stucco, or start remediating it, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-944-6493 or contact us online

FAQs About Stucco Assessment and Maintenance Services

Do I need a stucco assessment if I plan to sell my home? 

If you plan to sell your home, you’ll need to schedule a stucco inspection. This is a requirement for selling a stucco home, as the state of your stucco can impact the transaction. We recommend speaking with a reputable real estate agent before trying to sell a stucco home. 

How often do I need to get stucco maintenance services?

You should have your stucco assessed and maintained annually by an expert. When you hire us, we’ll check for holes, significant cracks, and separations, and we’ll make recommendations for repairs or a full replacement as needed. 

The Stucco Repair Process

When you hire our team of exterior stucco experts for your repair project, we’ll work quickly and efficiently to repair the affected area. Keep in mind that we recommend performing a corner-to-corner repair, at a minimum, as the newly repaired area will not match the existing stucco’s color and texture. 

During the stucco repair process, we’ll

  • Remove the loose stucco, being careful not to damage the wood lath underneath it
  • Trim builder’s paper to fit where the old stucco meets the wood lath and fasten the paper in place
  • Add metal lath over the paper, securing it in place
  • Mix and apply the new stucco, scoring its surface to improve the bond for the second coat
  • Apply the finishing coat
  • Paint the new stucco area after allowing it to cure

When Repairs Are Not Enough

Unfortunately, stucco repairs are only a temporary fix. In most cases, we recommend that homeowners instead opt for stucco remediation, which involves completely removing the stucco from your home. 

After we do this, we’ll assess the damage and install a Water Resistive Barrier system to protect your home against future damage. If you opt to replace your stucco with a siding material that’s better suited to our wet environment, we recommend a durable option like James Hardie siding

Why Choose MHX Designs?

You don’t want to trust just any contractor to take on your siding repair or replacement project. Instead, trust a local expert like our team at MHX Designs. We specialize in stucco remediation, so we know exactly what issues to look for and how to fix them so your home is protected against the elements. 

Schedule Your Stucco Repair Project

If your stucco exterior is showing signs of wear and tear, don’t wait until the issues get worse before taking care of them. We’d be happy to come out to inspect the state of your stucco, making professional recommendations about whether repairs, remediation, or a full replacement is the best course of action. 

To get your project scheduled, please call us at 215-792-3681 or contact us online.

Stucco Repair FAQs

How much will it cost to repair my stucco?

While it depends on the state of your siding, most stucco repairs range in price between $8 and $50 per square foot. Once we inspect your stucco, we’ll be able to give you a more accurate pricing estimate. 

How long does stucco generally last?

In a wet climate like ours, stucco generally lasts around 20 years. If your stucco is nearing the end of its life expectancy, it might be better to replace it instead of trying to repair it as a quick fix.

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We are proud to be one of the select contractors chosen by James Hardie to offer their special 10-year warranty offer, as part of a partnership that was developed exclusively for Philadelphia and surrounding areas. The warranty covers all labor and James Hardie materials for a decade.

We are proud to be one of the select contractors chosen by James Hardie to offer their special 10-year warranty offer, as part of a partnership that was developed exclusively for Philadelphia and surrounding areas. The warranty covers all labor and James Hardie materials for a decade.

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