When looking into purchasing a home or replacing the exterior of your current home, you’ll likely come across many types of exteriors—two of which are stucco and EIFS. The two are often confused for one another because they look aesthetically similar at a distance. Once you get up close and personal, however, the difference between stucco and EIFS becomes clear. More Than One Distinct Difference Between Stucco And EIFS With any comparable products, it’s important to be aware of the benefits—and detriments—of … [Read more...] about The Difference Between Stucco and EIFS: Info From The Experts
If you were told you needed restorative or reconstructive dental work in order to keep your mouth properly functioning, what would you do? Would you choose an inexperienced dentist just for a more affordable rate? All too often, when it comes to choosing contractors to work on our homes, we choose a “cheaper” choice that is more expensive in the long run. Bad stucco is often the result of improper or inexperienced installation. Why DIY And Inept Installers Are Definite Dont’s With home improvement channels … [Read more...] about Bad Stucco: A Big Problem To Be Wary Of
If you walked out in a rainstorm with only a poncho to keep you dry, how long would you stay completely dry? Not very long at all. Then why do we, as homeowners, expect our homes to stay perfectly dry without adequate protection from moisture? With any stucco or siding, a quality water-resistant barrier, such as Benjamin Obdyke’s HydroGap Housewrap, is needed. Hidden Issues Lead to Major Problems When a proper water management system is not installed prior to stucco installation, major problems will arise. This … [Read more...] about How We Use HydroGap Housewrap During Stucco Installation or Remediation
Some people love the look of ivy or vines on the exterior of a home. Others hate these creeping enemies. Whatever your opinion on how it looks, ivy and stucco don’t make a great team. In fact, ivy can destroy stucco. To understand why and how to remove vines from stucco, read on. The Trouble With Vines or Ivy Ivy grows fast and has serious clinging power when it comes to your stucco exterior. Part of the compound of ivy actually acts like super glue as it grows onto your home. The ivy spreads and easily sneaks … [Read more...] about How to Remove Vines From Stucco
In a perfect world, stucco exteriors would require zero maintenance, stucco companies would always be honest, and stucco itself would literally last forever. The good is that stucco can last for really long time when installed properly and well-maintained. However, not every company is capable of proper stucco installation. Read on for 3 signs your stucco was installed incorrectly. 3 Signs You Didn’t Receive a Proper Stucco Installation Staining: Staining often appears toward the foundation of your home. It … [Read more...] about Proper Stucco Installation Is A Must To Avoid Perilous Problems
Installing stucco on your home can be a major undertaking and a big investment. That's why homeowners often wonder, "How long does stucco last?" The good news is that properly installed stucco is very durable and long-lasting. In this blog, Ai Restoration, the premier stucco repair, remediation, and restoration company, discusses the top 3 tips homeowners should keep in mind when considering stucco installation. Top 3 Tips for Stucco That Lasts! Experienced Installation: Stucco is not cheap, but it is an … [Read more...] about How Long Does Stucco Last? More Than Just Time Will Tell
When homeowners are overwhelmed with options for stucco companies, it’s tempting to go with what comes across as the easy or cheap choice. However, when it comes to your home, “easy” and “cheap” don't necessarily equal “best” and “safest.” This is especially true when it comes to stucco remediation and restoration—projects that require a certified stucco specialist. The Crucial Reason to Hire a Stucco Specialist Over DIY With the popularity of home improvement shows, we may think we can accomplish just about … [Read more...] about A Stucco Specialist is the Solution to Your Stucco Issue
If asked to compare two items, say, coffee and tea, you could easily find similarities–both can be served hot or cold, both can be made by a similar process. Yet, the differences are equally noticeable and significant; most obviously the taste and ingredients, while similar are not the same. This idea is comparable to the plaster vs stucco debate. Although, they have a similar process and appearance, they are quite different. Plaster vs Stucco: Let’s Start with What’s the Same While stucco and plaster do have key … [Read more...] about Plaster vs Stucco: What’s the Difference?
Have you ever heard of “stucco below grade”? Like a failing grade, stucco that is below grade is not good. In this blog, the stucco specialists at Ai Restoration will explain what this phrase means, why it’s a problem, and what you can do about it. Stucco Below Grade: What Does It Mean? Welcome to Stucco Installation 101. In order to understand the problem, you need to first learn what stucco below grade means. In the case of stucco installation, “below grade” means that the stucco material was applied below … [Read more...] about Why Stucco Below Grade is Problematic
We often have clients calling in a panic and wondering what the unfamiliar white substance is on their stucco. If you see a white coating on your stucco, it may be stucco efflorescence. So what exactly is stucco efflorescence and what should you do about it? Is it a problem? Read on to find out from the stucco experts at Ai Restoration. What is Efflorescence? Stucco efflorescence looks like a powdery white staining or substance that can grow on brick, mortar, or stucco materials. It happens when water dissolves … [Read more...] about Stucco Efflorescence: Should You Be Worried?