Colorado is famous for its winter sports facilities, and our mountain communities are bustling with skiers, snowboarders, and outdoor snow lovers. Rosy cheeked children wrapped up in too many layers, their arms permanently raised from their sides, snowball fights and the always comical dismount from the ski lift are part of what makes the Colorado winters so special. The downside is the effect that all of the moisture is having on your homes.
Freezing and thawing temperatures can damage your stucco
Despite the durability of stucco in all seasons, the constant thawing and freezing can be a burden on your stucco, and at some point, cracks will form, and your stucco becomes vulnerable to moisture penetration. Normally we may not notice these faults until spring when all the snow has melted, but if you are a proactive homeowner, you’ll be keeping a close eye on your stucco and EIFS clad home in the winter season.
Poor drainage and faulty stucco installations are a big problem for homeowners. But, even if you’ve been diligent about keeping your gutters clean and maintaining your flashing and drainage around your home, melting and freezing snow around your home can put a lot of pressure on your foundation and cladding. Keep an eye on it, and pay attention to any changes.
You also need to pay attention to the concrete around your home. Sometimes stone cladding (or other types of cladding) has been placed over problems areas of which the homeowner was never aware. Faulty installation of cladding systems is the number one cause of problems, many resulting in water penetration.
Cracks in your driveway or walkways could be a sing of water damage
Direct signs of damage to your stucco or stone cladding should be a concern for any homeowner, but you also need to be aware of cracks in your driveway, walkways, sidewalks, or any concrete areas around your home. Some cracks in your concrete are perfectly natural and unavoidable, but sudden, and growing cracks could mean that moisture could seep through, becoming trapped under your exterior concrete surfaces. This moisture could end up seeping into your basement and foundation.
For warmer days when the snow begins to melt around your home, do a quick inspection. If you spot any problems, don’t wait until spring to find out if you should be concerned, call a professional stucco, EIFS, and stone inspection specialist to assess the damage and give you an estimate on the repairs.
We specialize in stucco inspections for private residents, commercial buildings, and work alongside realtors from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs, the Front Range and Mountain Communities like Aspen, Vail, Breckenridge and more. We’ve helped potential homeowners across the state of Colorado make smart, informed decisions before closing on their dream home or commercial building.