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?
Spring cleaning season is nearly upon us. As daylight hours become longer, we have more time and energy to tackle the home maintenance tasks we've been putting off all winter. That being said, as you try to decide how to clean up your home’s exterior, one of the things you may be wondering is can you pressure wash stucco? In short, no. Read on to find out why not and how you CAN achieve stunning stucco, instead. Can You Pressure Wash Stucco? You should NEVER pressure wash your stucco. No matter how many DIY blogs … [Read more...] about Can You Pressure Wash Stucco? Experts Say “No”
Vinyl siding is a type of siding often used on homes in the northeast. But if you’re looking to take your home’s exterior from basic to breathtaking, Ai Restoration has three brilliant recommendations for siding alternatives. Striking Siding Alternatives Stucco: To give your home an elegant facelift, stucco is an appealing choice for many homeowners. Stucco is great for your forever home or for a home you hope to resell some day. Stucco is a durable, energy-efficient, and water-resistant exterior, as long as … [Read more...] about Siding Alternatives for When You’re Tired of Vinyl
For a stunning exterior that is sure to impress, you’ll want to explore different types of stone for home exterior to discover what most appeals to you. Stone veneer, whether it's natural or manufactured, is a truly striking addition to any home. Homeowners and homebuyers, architects and designers, all flock to stone because it makes a statement. It is both stately and striking, and its stylish elegance will set your home apart. Top Tips when Considering Types of Stone for Home Exterior Texture: Most … [Read more...] about Types of Stone for Home Exterior that Impress
Whether you’re considering stucco finish options for your forever home or for a home that you plan to resell, there are a variety of popular texture choices. Here, we will explore the benefits of traditional finishes, as well as some up-and-coming trends in stucco. Stunning Stucco Finish Options Stucco is a classic and stylish exterior, which is why so many home and business owners choose it. Here are a few different options for stucco finishes: For Classic Elegance, Try the Lace Finish The lacy look is the … [Read more...] about Stucco Finish Options: Popular Texture Choices
When we consider what we want out of a purchase, whether it’s a service or a product, the most important question we can ask is, “What am I getting for my money?” This is different from, “How much does it cost?” The first discusses quality and value; the second is a dollar amount. So, is stucco expensive? The experts at Ai Restoration offer a breakdown of the real value of quality stucco and experienced installation. Is Stucco Expensive? That Depends on Your Understanding of Cost Vs. Value The initial cost of … [Read more...] about Is Stucco Expensive? When Improperly Installed, Yes.
Stucco exteriors should inspire confidence in homeowners. Why? Because stucco is incredibly durable and resilient. However, sometimes problems can arise with your stucco home. In this blog, our team of experts at Ai Restoration will explain what causes delamination in stucco and what you should do about it. What is Stucco Delamination? When stucco is installed, it is applied in separate layers. Each layer must completely cure, or dry, before the next layer can be applied. This ensures each layer adheres to the … [Read more...] about What Causes Delamination in Stucco?
Stucco has amazing durability and a beautiful aesthetic. To maintain that elegance, you might be tempted to “freshen it up" with a can of paint. So, what’s the best way to paint stucco? DON'T. As experts in the stucco remediation and restoration industry for more than two decades, we at Ai Restoration cannot warn you about this enough. Read on to find out the facts about why paint and stucco don’t go together and what you should do to keep your stucco looking fresh. How Stucco Works One of the best qualities of … [Read more...] about Best Way to Paint Stucco? A Word of Caution
From a distance, faux stucco siding and traditional stucco appear similar. But if you look closer, you’ll discover there are key differences. In this blog, the experts at Ai Restoration explain faux, or synthetic, stucco siding and traditional stucco. Faux Stucco: What’s it made of? Faux stucco is made of acrylic resin, with sand added for texture. How is it installed? Faux stucco siding is applied in four layers. The base layer is foam insulation board. The layer of synthetic stucco comes next. Third, … [Read more...] about Faux Stucco Siding vs. Traditional Stucco: Explained
When deciding on vinyl siding vs stucco, there are more than just two choices. Vinyl siding comes in a multitude of types and styles, and stucco can be synthetic or hand mixed. Here, we’ll discuss a few points of comparison for these popular installation choices: vinyl siding and traditional stucco. Vinyl Siding vs Stucco: How Do They Measure up? Aesthetics: The look you want to achieve is really a matter of your own personal style. If you prefer a more natural or traditional look, stucco is a … [Read more...] about Vinyl Siding Vs. Stucco: Which One Is Right For You?