Re-Stucco Services

Commercial and Residential

To re-stucco a home is not an easy task. Most homeowners are under the impression that re-stucco-ing or re-dashing a home is simple. In fact, many people think it simply means adding a new layer of stucco over the top of an existing layer. The reality is that it isn’t very simple at all. Stucco work is difficult and cumbersome and not really a do-it-yourself type of project.

Because stucco is a construction material made of aggregates, a binder, and water it can be applied wet and hardens to a very dense solid thus making it application a bit more than a weekend project. It is used as a decorative coating for walls and ceilings, and as a sculptural and artistic material in architecture.

There are different types of stucco found on homes, synthetic (EIFS) and traditional hard coat (Portland Cement Plaster). Because of this, the process of re-stuccoing a home will be different with varying costs. Each re-stucco project is different. It may include sandblasting, lathing, repair, or patchwork before the act of applying a new layer of stucco actually begins. Sometimes, only a fog coat is needed to even out the color of existing or new stucco or refresh the look of stucco. To be certain, make sure to contact Stucco Boy to help you determine what type of stucco you have and what approach should be taken.

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CUSTOM STUCCO FINISHES & TEXTURES

Before beginning a re-stucco project, it is important your contractor know what type of stucco your home currently has. It will adversely effect the cost associated with repairs. Unfortunately, EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System), otherwise known as synthetic stucco rings alarms. This type of exterior cladding has been linked to water intrusion behind exterior walls. It causes dry rot and mold to wooden substrates in the home’s framing.

EIFS was first introduced to commercial builders in the United States in 1969. It was gradually adopted by home builders in the 1970’s primarily due to the ongoing oil embargo and energy crisis. By 1980 it accounted for one-half of one percent of cladding on homes. As of 1997, according to a study conducted by insurance company, The Hartford, EIFS accounted for about four percent of the residential siding market and about twelve percent of the exterior commercial siding market. Homes built during this time period are possibly built using synthetic stucco as its siding.

If you are unsure whether your home’s exterior is made of traditional or synthetic stucco, here are a few tips. The best way to tell is to look through holes or vents where layering behind the walls can be seen. Foam core means it is synthetic stucco. If you see metal lath wire over asphalt-coated waterproofing paper, it is hard coat stucco, otherwise known as Portland cement stucco or traditional stucco.

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TRADITIONAL STUCCO

The preferred choice for homeowners looking to re-stucco their home.

Although EIFS manufacturers have made significant improvements to their products and installation procedures have been mandated to include a drainage plane and a weather resistant barrier between the sheathing and insulation board, EIFS is primarily used best in commercial projects or where it will be applied over stone, brick or metal substrates.

For homeowners, where plywood sheathing and wood studs are used in the construction of their home, the best siding option will continue to be traditional stucco. It is less likely to absorb water and will hold up better to dings, hail, and woodpeckers. At Stucco Boy, we will make sure your home’s exterior cladding system is properly installed using the three-coat stucco process and a weep screed so water penetration will not be an issue.

Weep Screed

WEEP SCREED

Weep screed is a piece of metal trim found at the bottom of the stucco wall.  It can be made for galvanized metal, plastics or aluminum and placed near the foundation of a home. It has a couple of purposes:

  1. It provides a straight line stopping point for the base of the stucco wall.
  2. Allows excess moisture to escape or drain from the area behind the stucco membrane.

Having some clearance under the weep screed is desirable for best performance.  Generally having 2 inches clear to hardscape, like concrete, pavers, etc. and 4 inches to the dirt / soil level is desirable.  Typically they should be set at or below the foundation plate line to allow moisture to exit or “weep” out and to prevent ground moisture from wicking up.

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STUCCO FLASHINGS

We have been hired to fix damaged homes that are as young as five years old. The symptoms were leaky doors and windows. When we stripped the stucco we found considerable rot in the sheathing and framing around those windows. In most cases, the culprit behind these problems is poorly detailed or inadequate flashing around windows and doors and along the edges of walls.

We can repair the damage around your windows, doors and where your roof meets your stucco walls by installing proper flashings and casing beads. This prevents future cracking around your doors and windows. But more importantly, it prevents water damage.

Stucco is one of the most durable wall surfaces available. But, because of its rigid nature, stucco can develop cracks and holes over time due to settling and impact damage. Once a crack or hole develops, it is important to take immediate action before any further damage and water penetration can occur. Proper attention to crack preparation is essential to achieving a successful result. Before you try to do-it-yourself, consider hiring an experienced stucco repair expert to repair & seal cracks in your stucco.

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If you’re ready to take the next step on your home improvement project or just looking to get an idea of how much it will cost, please do not hesitate to contact us now to start planning your stucco project. Whether you’re seeking an estimate for a re-stucco job or a quote for stucco patchwork after you have had new windows installed on your home, we’ll come out to you. There is no obligation to purchase any of our services as every estimate is sent with no strings attached.