Stucco Remediation

Put an end to stucco failure and underlying moisture damage for good.

COMPLETE STUCCO REMEDIATION & MAINTENANCE IN DOWNINGTOWN, PA

Excess moisture is almost always the cause of stucco that is in need of replacement and remediation. In many cases, this moisture has been accumulating for years – out of view – and the issue only comes to light when the homeowner notices that their stucco appears to dry unevenly or when it shows other signs of moisture. While there may be other causes that require replacement or remediation of stucco exteriors, excess moisture that infiltrates your home is the most common.

Precision Contracting has specialized in stucco remediation and replacement in the Chester County, PA area for over 20 years. Stucco failure is a very widespread issue and we are the most expert stucco contractors in the area. We’ve seen it all, which means we can solve it all.

STUCCO REPAIRS VS. STUCCO
REMEDIATION IN DOWNINGTOWN, PA: WHICH IS BEST?

In nearly all cases, repairing stucco or replacing with new stucco is not recommended by experts. Instead, we recommend stucco remediation services that involves completely removing the stucco and then replacing it with fiber cement siding. This method of stucco remediation is the ideal solution in most circumstances.

STUCCO REPAIRS

Involves simple sealing of cracks and tears.

STUCCO REMEDIATION

Involves tearing down the faulty stucco siding and replacing it with modern materials and updated technology.

OUR STUCCO REMEDIATION PROCESS

If it’s been determined you have stucco damage or stucco failure, it’s best to get it remediated by stucco contractors in Downingtown, PA as soon as possible. Our method of stucco remediation replaces your inadequate siding with James Hardie fiber cement, which is material that is much better suited to the southeastern Pennsylvania environment. In our experience, this is the ideal solution in most circumstances.

At Precision Contracting Services, our team of exterior stucco contractors will guide you through the stucco remediation process, including what needs to be replaced, what materials you want to use, the total stucco remediation cost, and designing the look and feel of your home’s new facade. Oftentimes, a stucco remediation project is a great opportunity to revamp your home’s exterior. 

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Free Consultation

You’ll meet with a building expert who will discuss
your needs, review your home, and put together an
itemized proposal for the entire project.

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Design & Blueprints

We’ll invite you to our showroom to go over the final selection of materials and components for your home’s renovation.

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Permits & Paperwork

Our team will manage all of the paperwork and permits for your home renovation project.

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Construction

We’ll dive head-on into your project and ensure the finest execution, down to the last nail.

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Quality Assurance

We’ll assess every aspect of the final project to
ensure it’s 100% weatherproof and up to our specifications.

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OUR GOALS FOR YOUR STUCCO REMEDIATION PROJECT

If you have stucco failure, you very likely also have water seepage and moisture damage. Your home is a safe haven. It’s there to protect you from the elements. We’re here to ensure that happens.

We are building scientists. Before starting a project, we determine the exact material needs. No more, no less. A stucco remediation project is a big investment, and we’ll ensure we make the most of it.

When you work with us, the best stucco company in Downingtown, PA, on your stucco remediation project, you can trust that we’ll deliver the finest execution from the very first nail to the last.

We only hire builders who have been in the industry for a long time. No sub-contractors. No bait-and-switch. When you work with us, a licensed stucco contractor, you work with the best in stucco remediation. 

Ultimately, this stucco remediation project is yours. We invite you alongside us every step of the way. From your initial showroom visit to the final nail, we’ll educate you on what we’re doing and keep you involved the whole time.

FAQ ABOUT STUCCO REPAIR IN DOWNINGTOWN, PA

Stucco has been used for thousands of years. Modern stucco siding is usually a mixture of an aggregate like sand, a binder like Portland cement, and water. This mixture is then applied to a wood framed construction.

While stucco siding was very popular in our region for decades, many homes were improperly constructed, and over time this has led to hundreds of damaged homes in and around southeast Pennsylvania.

Yes! This could be a sign that moisture has leaked into your home and created dangerous mold problems. In this case, it is highly recommended that you hire a stucco inspector to find out what the extent of the damage is.

    • Stucco appears to dry unevenly after a rain
    • Black streaking on the home (especially near window corners, downspouts, chimneys, and roof/wall intersections)
    • Excessive cracking, flaking, or crumbling
    • Leaks in doors or windows
    • The wall appears to bulge or bow out

 

View stucco failure symptom examples »

It is not recommended to use pressure washers on stucco siding as this can cause additional damage to the stucco. On top of that, cleaning the damage off the façade does nothing to solve the underlying issue. It’s crucial to find out if you have moisture problems hiding within your walls.

Stucco that is in need of replacement and remediation is usually the result of excess moisture. In many cases, this moisture has been accumulating for years – out of view – and the issue only comes to light when the homeowner notices that their stucco appears to dry unevenly or when it shows other signs of moisture.

While there may be other causes that require stucco repairs, excess moisture that infiltrates your home is the most common. This happens over time when stucco was installed with faulty vapor barriers, improperly installed flashing around windows, or even the complete lack of important moisture controls.

Most stucco failure results from one or more of the following issues:

  • Moisture barriers (such as flashing or WRBs) installed incorrectly or missing altogether
  • Drainage systems (such as weep screeds and downspouts) installed incorrectly or missing altogether
  • The meeting between the wall and components such as windows and fireplaces installed incorrectly
  • Expansion joints installed incorrectly or missing, leading to extensive cracking
  • Stucco is too thin or too thick

If left untreated, the water damage caused by stucco failure will lead to rotting woodmold, and mildew, which can cause serious ailments and health concerns for the building’s occupants. These health risks include:

  • Allergies
  • Upper respiratory symptoms like coughing, wheezing, congestion, shortness of breath
  • Asthma attacks
  • Asthma development in children

In addition to health concerns, putting off stucco repair can also create financial and safety risks:

  • Decreased resale value of home
  • Discoloration of walls
  • Liability of selling a home with mold damage
  • Higher utility bills and wasted energy from insulation damage
  • Compromised structural integrity and fire risks

For decades, stucco siding was one of the most popular choice for new homes in the area. Unfortunately, stucco was often installed incorrectly by builders who didn’t understand how to properly prevent moisture from getting into the walls. The has led to water accumulating for years – out of unsuspecting home owners’ view.

 

The combination of stucco’s popularity here, the intensity of Northeast weather, and the overabundance of inexperienced stucco contractors has proven to be a perfect storm, leading building scientists to label southern Pennsylvania “the stucco failure capital of the United States.” Over the past 15 years, failures continue at an astounding rate: over 80% of homes with stucco siding have experienced stucco failure.

For a successful stucco remediation, homeowners should follow this process:

  1. Visual inspection – Check for the most common stucco failure warning signs.
  2. Professional inspection – A stucco inspector can use thermal imaging, infrared cameras, probe testing, or destructive testing to determine the extent of the damage.
  3. Stucco remediation – Our team can guide you through the remediation process, including what needs to be replaced, what materials you want to use, and designing the look and feel of your home’s new facade.

Our method of stucco remediation replaces your inadequate siding with a material that is much better suited to the southeastern Pennsylvania environment. In our experience, this is the ideal solution in most circumstances.

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No. In fact, you should consider it a red flag if your stucco inspector also performs stucco repair or remediation services. It is not in a homeowner’s best interest to contract with these companies, as they have an inherent interest in finding a problem in your home.
 
If you would like a referral for a stucco inspector in your area, feel free to contact us.
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“Remediation” is defined as “the action of remedying something, in particular of reversing or stopping environmental damage.”

As opposed to a simple “repair” of a specific area within the stucco (such as cracks, tears, and other temporary fixes), stucco remediation means solving the underlying issues causing damage to your home.

Read about the difference between “stucco repair” and remediation »

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In nearly all cases, exterior construction experts recommend against simple stucco repair or replacing your failed siding with new stucco. Instead, to avoid future water damage, stucco remediation should completely remove the failed siding and your stucco contractor should replace it with a more trustworthy material such as James Hardie fiber cement siding.

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Precision Contracting Services counts on James Hardie to provide the following advantages:

  • High resistance to water penetration and inclement weather such as hail, snow, driving rain and wind
  • Does not crack, peel, bend, warp or bow to ensure that homeowners have a long-lasting product that offers the protection they need and the great looks they want
  • High-quality construction that lasts for years
  • Low maintenance
  • Attractive appearance that can mimic the look of woodgrain, clapboard, stone or other materials

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TESTIMONIALS

A Word From Our Happy Homeowners

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“I have used PCS for all renovations at my house and I would never consider another company. Mike Hyon is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and courteous. His staff is professional and timely. I am always satisfied with the work that is done at my residence.”
—Michelle M.

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“Precision did a great job installing our windows. Windows look and work great. They went above and beyond to ensure both inside and outside of windows were finished properly.”
—Michael C.

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“We had Precision Contracting Services install Hardy Board siding and gutters to the back of our city row home. We are very satisfied with their services, quality of work and all their staff. They communicated with us very well throughout the process, they have great workers, always cleaned-up area after work was done. Most importantly, siding looks awesome!”
—Marucio R.

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