Faulty Stucco installations are not always the problem
Stucco has been a popular cladding for homes for centuries. Unfortunately, the more popular it is, the more people see an opportunity to enter an industry and fill a need, and not all of those people are equally equipped or qualified to apply stucco or EIFS cladding correctly. This has lead to years of poor stucco installations and now we’re all starting to pay the price.
The effects of poorly installed stucco are twofold:
- It will affect your bank account as replacing your faulty stucco isn’t going to be cheap
- It will affect your health as damaged stucco often leads to moisture issues and mold
Causes of moisture damage in your home or business
Poorly installed stucco will allow for moisture penetration, trapping water in your exterior wall cavities and before you realized what has happened you are living in a cocoon of rotting materials and toxic mold.
Of course, stucco is not always at fault. There can be other reasons why your home is allowing for water to penetrate your walls. Replacing old wooden windows with vinyl windows have caused some problems for home and commercial building owners. A wooden window frame will swell with excess moisture in the air, essentially creating a tight seal between your frame and your stucco walls to keep the moisture out. Vinyl windows to not do this, so if your seal around your windows is not air tight, moisture is likely to slip into the tiny cracks.
Some modern or new homes are also being built “too tight”, which won’t allow the home to breathe and any moisture that may get into your walls won’t have a chance to dry out before causing damage.
Moisture issues can lead to poor indoor air quality
Mold can cause serious health problems, but in most cases, mold in a home will just render your home unlivable from the poor indoor air quality. There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in your own home. If you are feeling symptoms of discomfort – headaches, sneezing, coughing, throat and eye irritation, nausea, and even dizziness – as when you come home at night, or after a cozy weekend on the couch it may be a good time to check your home for moisture issues.
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