Chances are, your warm, inviting stucco home looks lovely on the outside. However, you may not realize that there’s a pesky problem festering beneath your stucco siding—moisture damage.
Unfortunately, hidden stucco damage can put the value of your home at risk. Signs that your home may be suffering beneath your stucco exterior include stains, cracks, wood rot, gaps around your doors, sticky windows, and missing flashing.
If you’ve noticed any of these signs—it’s time to act fast to save your Pennsylvania home. Fortunately, Distinctive Homes offers stucco remediation services that identify, remove, and fix stucco problems from the inside out.
Use this helpful guide to completely understand each step in our thorough, trusted stucco remediation process.
What’s the Difference Between Stucco Repair and Stucco Remediation?
Before we outline each step in the stucco remediation process, it’s important to know that stucco remediation is not the same as stucco repair. Here’s a look at the difference between each of these processes:
Stucco repair describes the process of locating problems with your home’s exterior, fixing them, and replacing the affected areas with more stucco.
This process is effective for making cosmetic repairs to your stucco. However, it doesn’t address the problems happening beneath the surface—like water damage. Plus, replacing your old stucco with new stucco makes your home susceptible to more damage in the future.
Stucco remediation is the best option for repairing damaged stucco. Stucco remediation doesn’t just repair the problems you can see from the outside. Instead, it identifies and fixes the underlying issues from faulty installation, like water damage, mold growth, or structural damage.
The remediation process is an investment that provides a long-term solution for your home. Although stucco remediation is initially more expensive than repair, it adds lasting value to your home and prevents costly damage in the future.
5 Steps of the Stucco Remediation Process
Wondering what the stucco remediation process is like? The team at Distinctive Homes follows this process to fix your home’s stucco problems—forever.
1. Understand the Problem
First, it’s essential to confirm your home is actually suffering from moisture damage before you invest in stucco remediation.
Hire an expert to complete a full inspection of your home and conduct a moisture test. The test will assess multiple areas on your home’s exterior, like the chimney, roof, vents, windows, and doors, to identify the location of the damage.
Often, a contractor will offer to remove a small piece of stucco to determine if there is mold, mildew, rot, and other signs of water damage beneath your stucco exterior. This is also an excellent way to confirm water damage.
2. Remove Old Stucco
Once you’ve confirmed your home is experiencing stucco failure, your contractor will begin to remove the old stucco siding.
Siding removal will give the team a clean slate to understand the underlying problems beneath your siding. Common issues your contractor will find under your siding are water damage, mold growth, rot, and structural damage.
3. Fix the Problem
Now that your old stucco is removed, your contractor will be able to fix the dangerous problems that are causing damage to your home.
The stucco remediation process can include removing wet and moldy framing, sheathing, and insulation and replacing them with new, dry materials. Most importantly, your contractor will identify and fix the leaks that are causing your home to suffer from water damage.
4. Check Your Doors and Windows
While your home is stripped bare, you can also ask your contractor to examine your doors and windows. Door or window frames often suffer from moisture damage, making these important entry points challenging to open or close.
If your windows and doors are compromised, the stucco remediation process provides an excellent opportunity to upgrade your home with new windows and doors.
In addition to stucco remediation, Distinctive Homes offers reliable door and window installation. Our team can help guide you on the best designs or materials to suit your home.
5. Add Beautiful New Siding
The final step in the stucco remediation process is to add long-lasting, durable siding to your home’s exterior.
Instead of risking future problems with stucco siding, invest in beautiful, strong James Hardie fiber cement siding for your Pennsylvania home. Fiber cement siding is made from a blend of sand, wood fiber, and Portland cement. It’s completely waterproof, so you won’t have to worry about water damage to your home again.
What are the Benefits of Stucco Remediation?
When you invest in stucco remediation and siding replacement with Distinctive Homes, you not only get the benefit of fixing your home’s water damage issues—but also all the amazing benefits that come with a Hardie siding installation.
James Hardie is America’s #1 siding brand, and for good reason. Homeowners love that Hardie siding is:
- Attractive—Available in dozens of colors, styles, and looks to customize your home
- Lasting—Lasts for decades with reliable installation and consistent upkeep
- Low Maintenance—Requires minimal upkeep
- Weatherproof—Stands up to wind, rain, snow, hail, humidity, and other harsh conditions
- Pest-resistant—Deters insects, woodpeckers, and other pests
- Fireproof—Rated noncombustible and will not fuel a fire
See what you need to know about stucco remediation with our complete remediation guide.
Invest in Reliable Stucco Remediation with Distinctive Homes
We understand that stucco failure is frustrating, and you want to rely on a contractor you can trust to fix the problem—for good.
At Distinctive Homes, we’ve helped thousands of homeowners in Chester County with a professional, thorough stucco remediation and siding replacement. We offer you dozens of repair and financing options, as well as a full range of services, so you decide what’s best for your home. Learn more about how you can invest in your home’s future with stucco remediation services from our experienced, caring team!