Stucco Remediation Contractor
Stucco is a material with a lot of personality to it, isn’t it? When you think of architecture from the southwest or Florida, for example, stucco is one of the first things that comes to mind. Originally a Spanish colonial style, it’s been growing in popularity across the country in recent years, appearing in places you wouldn’t have originally expected to see it.
While a somewhat fragile material compared to firmer phases of concrete, stucco does have its advantages. The texturing makes painting it actually a lot easier than smoother or more granular surfaces due to variations in the coat not showing. It’s also surprisingly resilient against weather, especially UV.
So, it’s not that surprising if you went with stucco for your new home or your last major home renovation. However, if it’s been some time since your stucco was installed, you will begin to see signs of fatigue in it, because nothing lasts forever. Like anything else, it will eventually need to be repaired, or in the case of stucco, in particular, remediated entirely.
When this happens, you want the best stucco contractor you can find. You want someone who really understands this material. Once a skilled technician assesses your stucco, they may, in fact, recommend remediation versus repair. While they’d be more than happy to explain the difference, you can save yourself a lot of time by understanding the differences between repair and remediation, going in.
What is Stucco Repair?
Stucco repair is exactly what it sounds like. When bits of the stucco have crumbled and fallen away, especially on corners or ornate details, repairs can often be done, simply applying new stucco, and repainting. This can be done for chips, scratches, and gouges as well.
Stucco repair is ideal for minor cosmetic damage and is understandably a lot less involved, and a lot less costly. Most stucco contractors will opt for repairing where it’s advisable. Unfortunately, it’s often not.
What is Stucco Remediation
Stucco remediation is a far more involved process that involves, usually, completely removing the entirety of the stucco present on a given wall or at least a section of it. Any underlying problems are then addressed, and new stucco and paint applied on a larger scale.
Remediation is more commonly necessary when things like buckling, large-scale crumbling, or significant cracking can be seen in your stucco. While it’s more involved, and understandably more time consuming, there are advantages to stucco remediation that do mean it’s really not the end of the world if you need to do it.
Advantages of Stucco Remediation
While repairs have their appeal, given how much lower-impact it can be, it’s purely cosmetic in most cases. Conversely, remediation is a clean slate, with all the stucco and support being removed, and reinstalled properly from the ground up.
It’s comparable to rebuilding a structure, rather than shoring up decaying floorboards or foundations. Merely patching cracks or decay/damage in your stucco means that the compromise to the integrity remains, and will continue to spread and worsen over time, meaning more and more repairs will be necessary.
Eventually, you’ll have to remediate the stucco, no matter what. So, if the damage is systemic, it’s best to go ahead and opt for this right away and head the problems off at the pass. You can then be sure that the stucco, from start to finish, is installed extremely properly and future problems shouldn’t happen!
Is Stucco Remediation Right for You?
This depends on how severe your damage is, and what type of damage is present. If you have just small cracks, chips or minor water damage, then repairs are sufficient, at least for the medium term, to solve the problem. However, this means that hidden damage such as pooling water and structural integrity may be present and unsolved.
If you have severe cracks, water damage or structural degradation, then you’ll want to remediate the stucco. It involves a lot – removing sheathing, framing, and insulation – but eliminates all the problems possibly present. This results in basically all-new stucco, installed properly.
So, if it’s in the budget, and the damage is even remotely significant, then yes, remediation is right for you more likely than not.
Why Choose JDT Construction?
We’ve seen every type of stucco damage you can name, and if we can repair it, we will. If we need to remediate it, you can count on it being handled quickly, and as affordably as possible. Your satisfaction is our guarantee.
Don’t wait for your stucco to degrade further, fill out our contact form or call us today for a no-obligation assessment!