Homes across the country have been using stucco as an exterior option for decades. It is a great alternative to siding, stone, and brick. For quite a long time, stucco was just stucco. There was no alternative to traditional stucco. Then, in the 1960s, synthetic stucco hit the market in the US, after coming from Europe. Synthetic stucco, also known as EIFS stucco, quickly became popular and looked similar to traditional stucco. So, what is EIFS stucco? What is EIFS Stucco? For starters, let's define what EIFS … [Read more...] about What is EIFS Stucco?
Stucco is a material that has been a part of architectural history for hundreds of years all over the world. To learn the basics, such as, “What is stucco made of?" and other common stucco questions, check out our guide to Stucco 101. What Is Stucco Made Of? Stucco is made of a mixture of Portland cement, lime, sand, and water. Combined in their appropriate measurements, these four ingredients help to create a strong, long-lasting, and beautiful exterior for your home. The measurements of these items may change … [Read more...] about Stucco 101: What Is Stucco Made Of? (And Other Stucco Questions)
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.
As the predictions for this winter season roll in, the northeast is gearing up for extremely cold temperatures and high rainfall totals. Homeowners should make sure that their stucco siding options are as watertight as possible to protect their home. Ai Restoration’s team of stucco and siding experts has the answers to common questions regarding stucco and siding watertight sealing. Aren’t stucco siding options already waterproof? In short, no. Both stucco and siding keep water off of themselves. However, water … [Read more...] about Stucco Siding Options to Keep the Water Out
There are countless siding products on the market today. But if there's a siding that out-performs the rest, both in terms of durability and aesthetics, it’s APEX fiberglass siding. APEX, an affiliate of Marvin® Windows and Doors, is a Minnesota-based company with over 100 years of experience. And their years of experience is just one of the many reason why we choose APEX Fiberglass siding. Why We Choose APEX Fiberglass Siding High Performance When it comes to withstanding the elements, no one does it quite like … [Read more...] about APEX Fiberglass Siding: Why We Install It
When deciding on the best exterior finish for your home, there are a number of things to consider: durability, protection from the elements, fire resistance, aesthetics. With a number of different finishes to choose from, it's important to weigh the pros and cons. A lot of homeowners ask us about the difference between stucco vs stone, here's what we tell them. Stone Veneer vs Stucco Stone veneer is a decorative, protective building material manufactured to replicate the look of natural stone. There are two types … [Read more...] about Stucco vs Stone – The Problem They Both Share
A lot of homeowners assume that siding is waterproof. But what they don't realize that if not properly waterproofed, siding will eventually show signs of water damage. The truth is that you must waterproof your siding in order to protect your home. Why You Need to Waterproof Siding Exterior siding is not the watertight covering many homeowners think it is. If the proper steps to waterproof your siding aren't taken, you're risking expensive water damage. There are a number of ways water and moisture can get … [Read more...] about The Real Way to Waterproof Siding
Many homeowners are interested in siding as an alternative to reinstalling stucco. They believe that siding will spare them the water damage often associated with stucco. However, if not installed properly, siding can be prone to the same moisture problems as stucco. One common misconception is that siding products do not need a water resistant barrier system installed underneath them. Without that barrier, water can seep behind the siding and cause damage to the wooden studs and wall sheathing. Here are some signs … [Read more...] about Signs of Siding Water Damage
What is Stone Veneer? Stone veneer is a decorative, protective building material manufactured to replicate the look of natural stone. There are two types of stone veneer, natural stone veneer and manufactured stone veneer. Natural stone veneer is made from real stone that is either collected stone or from quarried stone. Often referred to as "thin stone veneer," the stone is cut to a consistent thickness and weight for use as a veneer. Manufacturers pour a lightweight concrete mix into forms of different style … [Read more...] about Common Stone Veneer Problems – Here’s Why and What To Do
Some homeowners are the hands-off type; they have no problem trusting a professional to take a home improvement job from A to Z. Others, however, need a little more information before they can leave the work to a stranger. They want to know all the materials used and understand the process before they’re comfortable paying for the work. No matter what type of homeowner you are, Ai Restoration can accommodate you! Ai Restoration is a Northampton County stucco replacement company, and we’re here to lay out all you … [Read more...] about What is Stucco, Anyway?