Southeastern PA has become the stucco failure capital of the United States! Whether you own or are buying a stucco home, it is critical to understand not only the problem, but how to fix it properly.
What is Stucco Remediation?
Stucco remediation is a comprehensive process involving many construction trade groups:
- Carefully remove stucco
- Repair underlying damage to wood structure
- Treat areas of microbial growth
- Remove and reset all windows/penetrations with sill pan flashing
- Rebuild the entire exterior building envelope of the home based on building science best practices
- Install a cladding system of choice (vinyl siding, James Hardie siding, stone, brick, stucco, etc)
A common misconception is that stucco remediation is simply replacing stucco cladding with another cladding. Contractors who present simple replacement as an option are not aware of the true reason for stucco remediation, which is to properly re-construct all exterior details so that future problems do not occur.
Why is There a Problem with Stucco Homes?
While stucco problems occur for multiple reasons, the issues are mostly moisture related. in PA we have high levels of rain, as well as major temperature swings causing “freeze/thaw” cycles. These cycles can damage exterior products.
- Stucco is a very porous material
- Most stucco problems have to do with trapped moisture, which can cause rot and microbial growth
- Improper window installation
- Lack of proper flashing around penetrations have allow water into the wall system
- Homes are simply too air tight
- More consideration for cladding install, weather barriers and insulation must be taken
Should Replacement of Windows, Decks, Patios and Other Exterior Components be Included in Remediation?
100% Yes! A comprehensive approach and understanding of how these components work together is precisely what separates actual stucco remediation contractors from basic exterior remodelers. These must all work together in harmony, as the connection between components is always the weakest and most critical point. There will never be a better time to integrate new products into your home. Click Here For Complex Projects!
How Much Does Stucco Remediation Cost?
The cost of stucco remediation projects range anywhere from 50K to 300K+ based on the size of your home. The reason for this range is that many homeowners take advantage of this opportunity to not only fix their home, but to re-imagine your home the way you see fit.
Context is key when determining both scope and cost for a stucco remediation project. There is no better time to upgrade windows and doors, replace decks, add hardscaping like patios and sidewalks, or any other features that you might have dreamed of.
How Can You Best Select a Contractor for a Stucco Remediation Project?
While it is most exciting to focus on design features and products, we must never forget why this stucco problem has happened in the first place. Above anything else, this will be the most important decision you will make during this process. Finding a partner with unparalleled building science best practices expertise should be your top priority.
DO NOT fall for sales gimmicks and marketing tactics, and take time to find a true construction expert of the highest level. Industry leaders such as architects and inspectors can be valuable sources of reference. Still, to make a proper decision, the homeowner must invest the time with the expert to truly understand the problem and find a suitable solution.
Lastly, pay close attention to the contractors that have a system, and will not lower their standards, even if it means losing the project. A contractor that has an ethics based approach will sooner walk away from a project than do it incorrectly. This is the type of contractor that you want to partner with. Click Here To Learn More
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