Common EIFS & Stucco Exterior Maintenance
Properly constructed stucco and EIFS cladding require little effort to maintain, which makes them appealing exterior options. EIFS and stucco maintenance typically involve re-caulking and sealing around areas of surface penetrations, including:
Plumbing Lines and Faucets
Cable TV Lines
Satellite Dish Mounts
Other Exterior Receptacles
We recommend inspections approximately every five years, but caulking and sealing often last 10-12 years.
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Don’t Call a Handyman for Stucco Repairs
Working with stucco and EIFS cladding requires exact measurements that vary depending on the desired texture, color, and climate. Improper mixing and application can result in cracking and disrepair. Climate, moisture, leaks, and settling can also lead to cracking and gapping.
Stucco and EIFS repairs don’t have to be costly, but they do need to be completed correctly. Call Worldgate for a consultation if you notice any of the following on your home or business exterior:
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Cleaning stucco is not the same as cleaning your driveway or deck. There are different stucco finishes and stucco systems that require different types of attention. Worldgate performs stucco repair damage caused by unskilled and amateur cleaners. Proper technique and materials are required to provide an enhanced undamaged stucco appearance. Stucco cleaning is also advised before trim and stucco painting. Worldgate attaches its specialized professional stucco knowledge to provide the best cleaning possible without unwanted expense. Allow us to paint your stucco with specialized made for stucco coatings or simply beautify your existing walls.
Worldgate provides stucco painting services with the use of the best stucco coating materials available, allowing you to renovate, enhance and protect your stucco. Now available are architectural coatings designed to be applied on all stucco surfaces including EIFS, cement and traditional stucco walls. The labor to apply the new coatings is comparable to application of inferior standard paints. The new coatings are superior as they are specifically designed by the stucco material manufacturers that know and create new stucco materials.
Hydrophobic coatings are designed to shed water and inhibit dirt accumulation. They also offer optimum resistance to weathering and protection against algae and fungi.
Elastomeric coatings are made to renew and bridge small cracks in traditional and cement stucco. The new facade coatings are high performing materials that provide a new façade appearance.
Protect Your Investment in Five Steps
Water intrusion is the most common issue occurring with these systems, so it is vital that you protect your investment. Here are five steps to do just that:
Thoroughly inspect your residential or commercial building exterior twice a year. Pay close attention to areas of surface penetration sealed with caulk and look for cracks.
Reach out to a certified inspector immediately to remediate issues identified in your inspection that require stucco or EIFS repairs.
Use only EIFS-approved sealants and caulk for surface penetration areas when needed.
Clean the exterior periodically with a pressure washer calibrated to the manufacturer’s specifications.
Get a certified stucco inspection when considering any modifications, home renovations, or additions. This includes roof repair.