How to Check For Mold Behind Stucco

How to Check for Mold Behind Your Stucco

Stucco is an excellent siding material that you commonly see, but many homeowners who don’t have it themselves don’t know a lot about it. It’s actually made of a mix of sand, lime, and cement. It’s one of the oldest siding materials and is still being used today because it’s been proven generation after generation. Stucco will give you a unique look, rather than going with a generic looking vinyl siding option like all of the other homes in your neighborhood. If you live in an area that’s prone to rain, snow, and humidity, stucco can cause issues for you. Mold and rot issues can end up costing you a lot of money for repairs, so we’ve put together a blog to help you identify mold behind your stucco siding.

Inspecting Stucco

Usually, when you realize that there’s mold behind your stucco, it’s already too late. If you have a home with stucco siding that you’re trying to sell, some potential buyers may shy away from stucco because of the common issues that can arise with it. Mold can become an issue with stucco when it has a chance to grow from water getting behind your siding. Moisture usually gets behind your stucco around the windows, doors, and other structural joints, like where your roof joins with your house. Stucco is made of a mixture of materials that aren’t very breathable, so the product itself doesn’t breathe well. When water is trapped, it stays there and can cause stains, which are clear signs of damage and referred to as stucco tears. 

Over Time

 When you do begin to notice stucco tears on your home, you can be sure that some damage has occurred. It’s time to call a professional for a moisture inspection to learn the extent of the damage. This can make sure that you have your damaged stucco repaired before more damage can occur, costing you more money. Water that can’t escape from behind your siding will weaken your home’s wood framing, windows, and more if left unchecked.

This isn’t to say that stucco isn’t a great siding option. Stucco has a timeless look and has been proven to be durable in all climates throughout the United States. It’s an energy-efficient option as well because it forms a shell around your home that helps keep your heating and cooling costs low. 

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If you’re in need of stucco repair services, contact our team at Gehman Remodeling today! Our team is experienced in tackling mold and water damage in stucco and returning it to looking like new.

 

Why You Should Think Twice Before Doing a DIY Remodel Project

Why You Should Think Twice Before Doing a DIY Remodel Project

With the popularity of websites like Pinterest and HGTV shows on the rise, many homeowners are taking a DIY (do it yourself) approach to home remodeling projects. While internet tutorials can make DIY projects seem like a breeze to complete, the reality is often much different. 

Even a well-planned DIY project can result in headaches and frustrations, which is why we recommend that you think twice before you take on a remodeling project yourself. Here’s a closer look at how DIY can quickly turn into DI-Why.

DIY projects are time-consuming

Let’s say you have a thoughtful plan in place for your remodel. You’ve laid out a budget, meticulously planned a timeline, and you’re ready to get started. But, what happens when life gets in the way of your plans? An unexpected sickness, a busier than normal week at work, or any other curveball that’s thrown at you likely means your remodeling project will get pushed to the side. 

A project that was supposed to take a few weeks to finish can turn into months or even years if it ever even gets completed. By hiring a contractor instead of trying to do it yourself, you won’t have to worry or stress about unfinished tasks hanging over your head. You’ll also have a professional team working on your project that’s got years of experience completing projects on time and on budget. If you choose the right contractor, that is. 

DIY projects can end up costing you more money

Many homeowners decide to take on DIY remodeling projects in the hopes that they’ll save money, but more often than not, a DIY attempt can end up costing you more money in the long run. 

By taking on a large project that’s outside of your skill level, you face the risk of doing accidental damage to your home, which may leave you looking for a contractor to finish what you started. Additionally, some jobs are dangerous to attempt alone or may require permits. It’s better to leave projects like this to a professional to save you time – and headaches – in the future.

DIY projects often aren’t up to code

Like we briefly mentioned above, whether intentional or not, many DIY projects aren’t done in compliance with city permits and building codes. This could lead to serious issues if you try to sell your home in the future. 

These codes are in place to keep homeowners safe, so if you move forward with a DIY remodel without following building codes, you could run into possible structural, electrical, or plumbing problems down the road, leaving your family in potential danger. By hiring a professional contractor, you can have peace of mind that every aspect of your project is in compliance. 

A poorly done DIY project can hurt your home’s value, not improve it

We know that everyone starts a home improvement project with the intention of improving their home and making it look beautiful, but that’s often not the outcome. When it’s all said and done, a DIY project can actually hurt your home’s value. As a result, your project might end up costing you more than what you paid to complete it. 

However, when you hire a contractor to properly complete your remodeling project, you can increase your home’s value should you decide to sell. For example, a minor kitchen remodel, completed by a professional, can recoup an average of 81% of its cost

DIY remodels may lack a luxurious feel

Homeowners often decide to tackle remodeling projects themselves as a way to save on costs, which is totally understandable. However, they may use cheap materials, and even when the work is done well, the end result can lack the look and feel of a more luxurious remodel, which leaves them feeling disappointed that they spent time and effort on a result they ultimately don’t love. 

If you’re looking for a luxurious, custom remodeling project, your best bet is to hire a contractor who specializes in home improvement projects. While the initial cost upfront may be higher, you’ll be left with a result you can enjoy for years to come. 

Why choose Gehman Design Remodeling for your project?

Once you decide to hire a contractor for your project, look no further than the Gehman Design Remodeling team! We operate efficiently, in a way that makes the entire remodeling process easy on you. 

We’ll work with you to determine your style, needs, and home specifications to develop a plan for the perfect remodel for your home. Once we complete your project, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that we offer a 5-year warranty on our craftsmanship and a 10-year structural warranty so your investment is protected. 

Get started today

Why put your home remodeling plans on hold any longer? Contact us today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with our team. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, bathroom, deck, or basement, our team will get the job done right the first time, communicating openly with you throughout the project until you get the remodel of your dreams. 

We can’t wait to get started on your project!

Your Windows: Energy-Saving Options

Our homes can consume a lot of nonrenewable resources, particularly when it comes to keeping comfortable. In fact, home heating and air conditioning are the greatest contributors to every American’s carbon footprint, and with the price of fossil fuels rising every year, heat and air conditioning are among every homeowner’s most expensive line-item.

One way to cut down on the costs and improve your efficiency is to install energy-saving windows.

b2ap3_thumbnail_window-panesIf your home has older windows, the money you are trying to save in other ways, such as installing energy-efficient appliances or buying local produce, is going right out the window – literally. Older windows are single pane, which can be a large source of heat transfer – meaning they allow the warmth out in the winter and the heat in in the summer. This will cause your HVAC system to work overtime just to keep your family comfortable.

Windows are actually the most common place for homes to lose energy. Why? Because glass is an excellent conductor. It quickly moves energy from one side of the window to the other. Think of your car and how warm and steamy the interior gets when it is parked in the sun, even though it is pleasant outside.

Besides replacing your windows with more energy-efficient ones, there are other steps you can take to make your windows more energy efficient and reduce your energy consumption.

  • Seal windows. Sealing the gaps around windows and doors can help reduce drafts (most noticeable in the winter) and heat loss.
  • Use window treatments. To keep your home comfortable all year round, use blinds and drapes that have an insulating lining. When you want the warmth of the sun inside, open up them up, and close them when you want to block the rays. Insulated drapes keep the warmth inside during cold winter months, too.

Keep in mind that although your home may not be terribly old, the windows may still have less-than-ideal energy-efficiency ratings. Check the ratings and compare those to what’s available today.

For homeowners who want to truly improve their home’s energy efficiency, your best bet is to replace inefficient windows with more efficient ones. Look for “Low-E” windows that have krypton or argon gas between the panes. The gases are invisible, but serve as a protective layer of insulation that prevents glass from being a heat conductor.

If you’d like to increase your home’s comfort level while spending less on heating and cooling, improving your windows is the answer. Seal cracks, install appropriate window treatments and replace old, inefficient windows, and soon you’ll notice a big difference.

Stormy Weather

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April showers are here! As well as thunderstorms!

To some, this is a welcome sign of spring. Watering flowers, hydrating lawns and providing needed replenishment to the earth.

To others, this is a reoccurring nightmare that is relived every year. The coming of April showers means the headache of wet, flooded or damp basements and/or leaky roofs.

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Some things you can correct, other things, like living in a flood plain, there is little you can do to correct.

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It seems that no matter what we intend to do each year these issues seem to get pushed down the list of things to do as other things take precedence.

There are some things that you can do to combat the flooding problem that you can have done or try to tackle yourself that don’t need to break the bank.

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Grading. This sounds expensive and it could possibly get to be more so if there are major issues on the property. But small things like grading flowerbeds away from the house foundation can help funnel thousands of gallons of water away from your home over the course of a wet, stormy season.

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Downspouts. Properly maintaining and placement of downspouts also plays a big role in the removal of rainwater from the building envelope. It’s not enough just to put an elbow at the bottom of the downspout, the water needs to be able to get away from the foundation and not drain back towards the house.

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Drainage. This can be entering into the arena of more costly and perhaps not to be done by a homeowner. This option has two areas of focus. The first is focused on diverting the ground water away from the home before it reaches the foundation with French drain type system and the second is focused on properly draining the foundation to prevent moisture penetration of the foundation thus compromising the moisture prevention system.

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There is always the prudent advise of getting professionals involved early and to get a comprehensive moisture control plan in place prior to the onset of the rainy season.

Happy Remodeling!

Next Time… “May Flowers”   

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