Thinking about resurfacing your stucco home? This could be a great way to revitalize the look of your house, or it could be covering over way bigger problems. Things to know before you get your stucco resurfaced.
What is the stucco applied to? If you have stucco over a masonry product such as block or brick, as long as the underlying material is in good structural shape, you can resurface your stucco with no concerns. If however, your home is “stick-built”, meaning it is wooden sheathing over wooden framing, then this is a different situation entirely.
Before considering resurfacing your stick-built home, you need to understand if the underlying structure of your home has been compromised. Many stucco applications (it is suspected to be a high as 90% of applications) have serious underlying moisture intrusion problems. This means that the wooden structure supporting your house is getting wet and slowly deteriorating, if left unaddressed this will lead to the eventual collapse of the structure. If the structure beneath the stucco is dry and sound, then go ahead and resurface and enjoy a fresh new look to your home.
So how do you know if you have hidden problems? There is a very simple solution, call a stucco testing company and schedule a professional stucco test, sometimes referred to as a stucco moisture inspection. But beware of companies offering both stucco testing/stucco inspections AND stucco remediation and stucco repair, this is a conflict of interests. Companies should either remediate stucco OR test stucco, not both. Nor should they be affiliated with each other. There are many testing companies out there to choose from, do a little homework, choose wisely and you will have no problems.
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