Stucco is a durable, natural building material. It comes in various textures, colors, and finishes, making it one of the favorite siding choices in homes all over Houston. Stucco wall siding is composed of lime, portland cement, and water. It is favorable during construction because it is weather and water-resistant and holds up to the elements better than most other cladding systems. There are instances where stucco can break or crack and expose your home to moisture or water intrusion. This happens a lot to homes in Houston and results in stucco delamination, leaving unsightly cracks and gaps throughout the home exterior.
What Is A Stucco Inspection?
A stucco inspection is an analysis of a building to determine moisture. It helps homeowners maintain the integrity of their woodwork so as not to face condensation issues. It specifically inspects water intrusion in stucco sidings that may cause moisture to get absorbed and damage the home’s underlying structure beneath the stucco layer. A stucco inspection can be invasive and non-invasive:
During a visual inspection, our inspectors will start by extensively inspecting the stucco siding from the foundation and then work their way up, inspecting all walls. Home inspectors will look for cracks in the stucco or swelling of wooden elements or surrounding joints. Our visual inspection that includes reviewing the elements of installation and adherence to code, as well as checking the system for proper use of mechanical components that are meant to preserve the system. Our visual inspection includes the use of thermal imaging technology and moisture meters, where we will scan and inspect the interior walls of the home as well as and report on any thermal abnormalities. Finally, our visual inspection involves a walk-through with our customers to give an accurate diagnosis of the condition of the stucco.
Invasive Stucco Inspections
An invasive stucco inspection is an in-depth examination of the exterior walls and other areas of a home covered with stucco. The analysis includes a visual observation to record any anomalies in the stucco application and the system in its entirety. Following the physical scan of the property, any indications of abnormalities are then probed in-depth. The stucco testing includes penetrating through the stucco exterior from the outside. This entails drilling down two “tandem” holes broadly perpendicular to the stucco cladding, typically 3/16 inches in diameter. A moisture meter is inserted into the drilled holes, and the meter determines the moisture content and the amount of substrate deterioration due to it. The holes are refilled after the process and become hardly noticeable. The whole process takes between 2-3 hours, depending on the size of the home and the condition of the stucco. Our inspectors provide you with a report at the end of each inspection, and you can determine which remedy for the repair you want to go with. Have peace of mind knowing that our experts have an honest concern for you and your family by ensuring professionally conducted inspections and providing instant reports. So why would you delay if an issue has been identified?
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