Aside from moisture problems; poor craftsmanship, inferior aggregate products and failure to install expansion joints are also common causes of stucco failure in our area.
Improperly installed stucco can lead to a number of cosmetic and structural issues with your home and can also expose you and your family to potential health hazards. Below is a list of examples outlining what types of damages stucco failure can cause and the resulting health hazards:
Cosmetic Issues: Cracking, Breaking, Rotting
Structural Issues: Wood Damage, Leaks, Moisture & Mold on Structural Columns
Health Hazards, Mold Exposure, which can cause: Respiratory Problems, Nasal & Sinus Congestion, Nose , Throat, Skin & Eye Irritation, Central Nervous System Disorders
How to Identify Stucco Failure
There are several tell-tale signs of stucco failure, here are the most common:
Exterior Signs: Cracking or Breaking, Brown streaks appear below the corners of windows or where windows are joined, Brown streaks appear at intersections of walls and roofs
Interior Signs: Leaking windows or doors, Bottoms of windows are discolored, Base trim is warped, Wet carpet, Moldy smell in the home
As a home builder that offers home remodeling and home renovation services, we come across stucco failure quite often. In most cases home owners aren’t even aware they have a problem until they go to replace windows or add an addition onto their house.
Recommendations for Replacement If you believe your home is experiencing stucco failure, the sooner you act, the better. In cases with moisture damage, much larger and more costly structural issues could occur the longer you wait to fix the problem. There have been cases where supporting columns effected by moisture deteriorated so badly that floors on the second story of homes began to sag as well as the ceilings on the first floor.
As an experienced home builder in Pennsylvania, we recommend removing damaged stucco in its entirety, repairing or replacing damaged windows and building products and installing a more reliable siding product. We offer complete stucco remediation solutions to customers experiencing stucco failure. Click here to read more about our stucco remediation services.
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