Foundation Damage Can Cause Stucco Cracks
Construction Company Offers Repair of Stucco Damage to Homeowners
Portland cement plaster (Stucco) is a very common finish for buildings, often employed because of its durability and non-prohibitive cost of manufacture. The substance is used to finish many buildings, but Julian Construction has noted that poor installation can cause damage in the plaster: “Damage can occur whether on older installations or poorly installed newer ones. Installation or dismantling of drywall, plaster repair and stucco repair may be needed as part of a leveling or foundation replacement project.”
Additionally, the Portland Cement Association stated: “Although cement plaster provides a hard, durable cladding, it is not intended to resist building movements, such as those from settlement or the expansion of wood frame members as a result of moisture intrusion. Portland cement plaster can deteriorate for a variety of reasons, including inadequate design details, poor installation, or the use of improper materials. In many cases, damage results from water infiltration into the building structure either through cracks, through the roof, around chimneys, or through window and door openings. Water that gets behind the plaster can cause wood lath to rot and metal lath and nails to rust, and can cause plaster to delaminate from the substrate. Cracking in plaster is usually shrinkage-related or the result of external loads, such as ground settlement or inadequate stiffness of the backing. Common causes of cracking are improperly placed control joints, improper lath installation, and inadequate curing.”
Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “There are a number of things which can happen to stucco which cause it damage, from bad installation to foundation problems spreading to affect other areas of the house. It should be repaired, and it does not have to be a costly operation. What is needed is a professional inspection to determine exactly the scope of the damage, then a professional and fast repair by a contractor with experience in stucco repair.”
Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/
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