Stucco remediation specialists

Five Star specializes in the application of stucco, stone, and James Hardie products. For the sake of brevity, we list our main areas of expertise below. Click the info buttons to learn more.


Hardie siding complementing a newly renovated stone chimney.

Hardie siding complementing a newly renovated stone chimney.

James Hardie

Whatever the forecast, you must be prepared to protect your home with the proper cladding. Fire, flood, and water damage are no match for this fiber cement. Hardie siding offers beautiful, durable, fiber cement cladding’s that are sure to fulfill any desired look one might have, all while standing up to the elements. More information can be found below!

Welcome home! The raw beauty of stucco can be displayed for years when installed correctly.

Welcome home! The raw beauty of stucco can be displayed for years when installed correctly.

Stucco

Stucco is a beautiful cladding, and when installed properly, can either meet or exceed any cladding on the market. Unfortunately, most stucco today has been installed incorrectly, and has become a nuisance to homeowners of all social classes. Keep scrolling to learn more!

Invite guests to your castle, with newly minted stone walls!

Invite guests to your castle, with newly minted stone walls!

Stone

Stone work is sure to accent any home. Whether natural stone or veneers, either can make your home stand out. Stone highlights any property, increases resale value, and sets your house apart from others. Stone can be broken into three different categories which are all described in detail below.


 

Stucco Remediation

Stucco is a beautiful cladding that when installed correctly, can compliment the contours of a home beautifully.

Stucco is a beautiful cladding that when installed correctly, can compliment the contours of a home beautifully.

In recent years, stucco has gotten a bad name as many people think that stucco fails due to the nature of the stucco itself. This is simply not true. What leads to massive structural integrity failures in a stucco clad home is the poor installation, and misapplication or omission of proper flashing techniques.

Skipping these steps to cut costs does not allow the stucco to vent consistently, and handle excess moisture, which will lead to failure of the cladding system. With proper installation, stucco can meet or exceed many other cladding's offered today.

As the premium stucco remediation specialists for Southeastern Pennsylvania, we have years of experience in this field. Whether it is a full restoration of a homeowners stucco or a complete re-cladding of the home, Five Star is more than capable of satisfying all siding and home restoration demands.


 
 
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Beauty of Stucco

Stucco is a beautiful cladding when it is properly applied, and has a wide array of color options to match any roofing, shutter, or alternative cladding color. We have been installing stucco for years, and the color combinations our customers choose never cease to amaze.


Stucco highlighting beauty of home.

Stucco highlighting beauty of home.


Proper installation

It is important to understand that stucco (when installed correctly) is every bit as durable as other cladding's. Correct installation does not, however, mean code compliant. This means using the right WRB (weather resistant barrier) and having it properly installed, using the right flashing details (including true sill pans), fastening only where sheathing is backed by framing, and most importantly providing a properly vented rain screen design (space behind the cladding).

The rain screen provides a capillary break (a membrane that stops the flow of water) to prohibit moisture transfer into the wood behind it, provides a space for water to drain, and provides a means of ventilation so the wood components of the wall can dry. All of the steps listed above both meet, and exceed the coding requirements for stucco application on a residential home.

Stucco walls were once known for their beauty, and durability. Today, however, they are increasingly becoming known for failures related to moisture damage. These failures result in expensive repairs and angst for the homeowner, as well as a reluctance by potential buyers to risk purchasing a stucco home. Allow Five Star to properly remediate your stucco, and we can show you just how beautiful a properly installed cladding can be.


Stucco can accent any sized home.

Stucco can accent any sized home.


Durability

Stucco is unlike other cladding's, which have the advantage of a space behind the structure either by design, or code requirements. Unfortunately, most contractors in the remediation field either do not know how, or are unable to properly vent a rain screen and the other critical components that are necessary to prevent a stucco walls premature failure.

You will find if the necessary steps are taken when installing a stucco wall, and if given the same capillary breaks and spacing advantages that stucco can perform just as well (or better!) than other cladding's.


 
 

James Hardie

In an increasingly competitive construction industry, it is becoming more common to match form with function, the synergy of which can lead to a beautiful design. What we have found through our years of working with James Hardie products is that their products are durable, designed well, and are low-maintenance for a homeowner's peace of mind. That is what Hardie offers, which is why we use it.


Durability

A hallmark of Hardie siding is their durability, which is why Five Star uses it. Siding is exposed to inclement weather all four seasons, all hours of the day, for years. Whether it is ice, rain, snow, heat or humidity, you want a cladding (industry term for siding) that can stand up to the rigors of mother nature.

This is why Five Star uses Hardie siding for the homes we work with. When installed properly, Hardie significantly outperforms other claddings. Fiber cement has a plethora of pro's in it's corner which include:

  • Moisture & Rot Resistance

  • Colorplus™ Technology that lasts season to season

  • Climate specific design allows Hardie to withstand the heat, humidity and temperature fluctuations in Southeastern PA

  • Naturally insusceptible to pests and insects


Thermal effect on vinyl.


Design

Hardie is engineered above and beyond what most industry experts would consider as an acceptable cladding. Fiber cement is extremely durable, but it offers another function that most do not consider when purchasing their Hardie siding: design.

Technological advancements happen quite rapidly these days in the field of construction. It seems as if most remediation's are moving away from traditional designs, and are replacing them with newer, more modern architecture which can look bizarre to those accustomed to more traditional structures.

Hardie allows you to do either. You can opt for a more traditional design of your home, while replacing aged siding with a climate engineered cladding, or you can opt for an all new look with an updated, and unique design, all while enjoying the benefits of this cladding.


Historical restoration with modern siding.

Low Maintenance

Everything about Hardie siding is designed with the consumer in mind. One of the biggest attributes to having your home clad in Hardie is the fact that you will not need to repaint for years (if at all) over the lifetime of the project. Hardie's revolutionary ColorPlus technology painting resists fading, has a simple selection of colors to choose from, and has a consistent coating applied to the cladding.

Hardie also does not require cleanings like vinyl and other cladding. You simply spray the siding with a hose, and voila! The dirt and grime is gone! Hardie is so sure of their ColorPlus painting, that they offer a 15-year limited warranty covers paint and labor, protecting against peeling, cracking, and chipping.


Design, durability, and low maintenance of James Hardie.

 
 

Fire Resistance

If a fire were to occur near your home, would you want a your home to be covered in a fuel source for the fire, a thin plastic that will melt almost instantly exposing your walls to further damage, or a non-combustible material?

The three cladding's described above were wood, vinyl, and Hardie fiber cement respectively. Fiber cement is non-combustable, and therefore will not ignite, nor will it add fuel to a fire if one were to occur.

Although not flame retardant, Hardie's fiber cement holds up well to fire damage, and is endorsed by firefighters nationwide. You do not want to have a fire take place, seek shelter, and then find that the very walls you thought that would protect you are in fact adding fuel to the fire.



How do they make fiber cement?

One of the most frequently asked questions our prospective customers ask us when we talk to them about James Hardie siding is simply, "What is fiber cement?"

Originally engineered to replace wood, Hardie acts like concrete, and outlasts even the toughest seasons. Made of just a few simple ingredients, this cladding is extremely durable, and meets the fantastic four of cladding criteria for any home: looks, durability, low maintenance, and affordability.


How James Hardie fiber cement is made!


Return on Investment

Hardie offers so many benefits that it is often hard to summarize to a homeowner at once without them feeling overwhelmed. One major benefit that can be seen quickly (besides the obvious curb appeal) are the savings you will find on the cost of insuring a home clad with Hardie.

Many insurer's offer discounts once a house is re-clad with James Hardie, because the cladding is non-combustible, and hail-damage resistant. This potentially could save on monthly premiums for insuring the home depending on the insurance provider.

Hardie's fiber cement costs less than wood, does not attract pests, and resists water absorption which protects against mold, swelling and cracking. Why not get the same benefits and beauty of wood, but without the cost, maintenance requirements, and durability that Hardie siding offers? James Hardie fiber cement siding is a well-engineered product, that can add to the resale value of a home. If interested, please click below, or call our office so we can educate you further.


 

Natural stone

Has the highest price point due to labor intensive installation and cost of stone. Is widely considered the most desirable of all stone options. It is difficult to install, and it can be prohibitively expensive to add true stone if a stone ledge is not present. One reason for the heightened cost is due to this cladding requiring what is essentially its own foundation, which is a stone ledge.

A space of 1" to 2" is required between the stone and the rest of the wall assembly. This space is called a rain screen design, and it provides a capillary break to limit moisture transfer. This break provides a space for the drainage of moisture, and allows enough ventilation in order to dry the cladding. Natural stone is more expensive than veneers due to the cost of the stone, and the labor involved throughout installation.


Natural Stone Veneer (NSV)

Is a thin portion of natural stone. Stone ledge is not required for the installation of this veneer. A galvanized lath (metal screen) is attached to the wall, and then Type-S Cement is applied over the lath (a thin flat strip of wood). Pieces of the stone veneer are embedded in the Type-S Cement to create a pattern much like a wall of natural stone. Stone Veneer can be applied to any structurally sound surface including wood sheathing, brick, block, or even concrete.


Manufactured Stone Veneer (MSV)

Manufactured from Portland Cement and made to resemble natural stone veneer. These stone veneers are created through molds, which use iron oxides to color and dye the stone to the specific color requested. This dying technique allows the color to truly soak into the cast, and become an internal part of the veneer. The base color is blended throughout, and the mortar can be colored to match as a homeowners color choice well. There are no noticeable changes in the color after years of weathering.

How does this benefit you? For one, it is roughly a third of the price of natural stone, and it does not require a stone ledge (less labor intensive). Also, if you crack or chip this veneer, it will just look like a misshapen stone rather than a piece of chipped plastic.



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