Stucco Testing Specialists
1150 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Precision Contracting Services
31150 Boot Rd. Suite #10
Downingtown, PA 19335
Everything that you need to know:
What Is Stucco?
Stucco is the common name for Portland Cement Plaster, which is applied to the indoor and outdoor surfaces of the buildings. It is hard and durable. It is also fungus resistant. It is a really good low-cost home exterior material. They are made by mixing sand and water to form plaster. Stucco is made from a variety of raw materials. Stucco is made on the site and can be applied in various layers. Stucco is applied wet and hardens to a very dense solid. It is known for its durability and attractiveness and gives an exterior finish.
What Is A Stucco Inspection?
Stucco inspection is a series of tests and analyses performed on your home’s interior and exterior surfaces to determine moisture levels. These tests may include the use of moisture reading and special equipment for use on your home’s surface. Proper installation is very important. As part of your home inspection, some details like expansion joints, head lashings, joints, and windows and doors can be visually inspected. However, the majority of the fine details, such as drainage planes, window and door flashings, and moisture barriers that are behind the stucco also need to look on.
Stucco is low-cost, strong, and durable. It can be used in a wide variety of climates. It is versatile and can be applied to concrete too. It is fire resistant and color can be added to it. Thus, various pigments can be added to the stucco to give it a look you are looking for. Stucco is porous so water can seep through the material. This will cause the material to crumble, and the moisture may damage your house as well. There should be proper cleaning of areas where there is moisture in your house so that stucco lasts longer.
Stucco can be applied in a textured style to achieve the appearance of other materials such as wood, brick, or stone. There are different sizes and different angles. The consistency of the mixture keeps on changing. Various application techniques will change the texture of the stucco finish also. Stucco has a wide color range and texture. The stucco can give the place for home customization. Color pigments can change the color of the material.
Level 1 Stucco Inspection:
The first level of stucco inspection is observational only. It is done visually and detailed notes are taken to correct any issues. This inspection can be conducted during normal daylight hours when there is sufficient sunlight to see small imperfections on the surfaces. This portion of the inspection helps you identify problem areas where there is moisture accumulation. A high-quality thermal imaging camera can also be used if necessary. In level 1 stucco inspection there are signs of-
Level 2 Stucco Inspection:
The second level of stucco inspections is on moisture. It includes moisture reading using a probe and then collects core samples. The moisture readings in level 2 stucco inspection can determine if there is damage behind the stucco if the readings are very high. When moisture readings are high depending on the situation proper solutions should be implemented. All the moisture readings are written in the inspection report as well.this portion of the inspection is conducted after sunset and when weather conditions are favorable for obtaining data. This is done by less than 24 hours after the rainfall so that the stucco surface is dry. This imaging allows us to see areas where there are temperature variations of the surface that are trapped behind the stucco. It is essential that infrared thermal imaging guides the inspector to evaluate the meter readings. Some stucco inspectors do not do this step because they do not have the required equipment to carry out this process. Or, they don't have the tricks, and techniques to carry out this step.
After all the information is compiled the final report is written which includes the readings of visual inspection, infrared thermal imaging, and moisture meter readings. The report takes several days to prepare depending on the number of defects that are discovered and potential moisture areas observed. High-resolution photographs and thermal images are included in the report so there is proof for everything that happened during the process.
Stucco being a durable and attractive exterior finish, if maintained can stand the test of time and appeal. It is virtually impossible to determine the level of damage to the wood under moisture. The buyers want a moisture-free home and are worth it. The stucco inspection allows you to identify repair problems that would cause you more problems in the near future. The stucco inspector helps you to understand what modifications are done and repairs need to be done. Stucco inspection saves you from damages. Thus, there is cost maintenance in the future also.
It is important to hire the right professional for the job. A standard home inspection will not provide the level of expert guidance and a standard home inspection will not give the appropriate details of stucco. It is important to use a vital qualified and certified stucco inspector from a licensed and insured company. We use the latest and sophisticated tools to carry out accurate stucco inspections. We complete the inspections in 24-48 hours with proper equipment.