Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by Dan McDonald
Similar to that of most siding materials, proper installation is key to providing a long-lasting, reliable stucco siding. Unfortunately, because stucco is comprised of several layers, there are several opportunities for an inexperienced contractor to incorrectly apply the material. One of the most common installation errors is incorrect flashing. Water intrusion, which can cause expensive damage, is a consequence of this.
In order to maintain its integrity, stucco must be kept moisture-free. Gutters and downspouts need to be configured properly, directing water away from the home. Additionally, all doors, windows and penetrations need to be sealed to avoid water infiltration around the perimeter.
When dealing with issues of excess moisture and water retention, mold is always a concern. Mold can not only cause damage to your home, it can cause health concerns for your family. When this happens, the first step is to identify and eradicate the source of the trapped water. More often than not, this includes removal of the stucco siding and repair of the sheathing/structure underneath.
If your stucco is stained or discolored, it could be a sign of trouble. Moisture and leakage causes this discoloration and if you can see visible stains, there could be mold or water damage lurking below the surface. Pay particular attention to the edges and corners of windows and doors and to the areas directly below the roofline as you look for damage.
Due to the stigma and potential for high-dollar repairs or replacement, home buyers are often reluctant to commit to a home with stucco siding. The end result is that homes with stucco siding often find themselves sitting on the market longer than if they had an alternative type of siding.
As a result of these concerns, many homeowners are opting to have their stucco siding removed and replaced with either a vinyl or fiber cement siding. Not only does a lap siding update the look of your home, it addresses the real or potential issues assosiated with stucco siding. Mold concerns are eliminated with a properly installed siding replacement as well. When deciidng to list your home for sale, Stucco remediation can help expidite the sale and add value to your home.
If you have any concerns with the performance of your stucco and want to explore options for replacement, look no further than Summit Roofing and Siding. Summit has the knowledge and experience to address the issues right the first time and add value to your largest investment - your home.