Why is a Stucco Inspection Important?

Mill Creek Environmental offers professional stucco inspections and with years of experience and knowledge, you can be confident in our analysis of your stucco property.

What is Stucco?

The exterior cladding of a property may have Hard Coat Stucco or Synthetic Stucco, most commonly known as EIFS (Exterior Insulation & Finish System). 

Hard Coat Stucco is a heavier material that should be installed over a structural sheathing such as plywood or OSB that is protected by some type of moisture barrier, such as felt paper.

EIFS is a non-load bearing, barrier wall, exterior cladding that consists of the following components: sheathing, adhesive, insulation board, reinforcing mesh embedded in the base coat, and a finish coat.

 

Why Do You Need a Stucco Inspection?

  • When purchasing a new home that has stucco on it.
  • Selling a home that has stucco on it and want to fix what may be in need of repair.
  • Concerned about your stucco home.
  • Evidence of moisture entering your home through your stucco.
  • Signs of your stucco warping, buckling and delaminating.

What does a Stucco Inspection include?

Scope of Services for the Inspection include the following:

  • Evaluation conducted by a professional Inspector who is an Exterior Design Institute Certified Stucco Inspector and Moisture Analyst.
  • Visual inspection of the exterior of the structure for staining, compression cracking, impact damage, de-lamination or other irregularities in the system. The entire building envelope is evaluated to determine the overall performance of the exterior cladding.
  • Accessible penetrations and terminations will be inspected to determine areas likely to contain moisture. Areas will be inspected and probed with a moisture meter as needed.  Moisture readings equal to or greater than 20% will be reflected in the Inspection Report.
  • Currently accepted remediation guidelines will be suggested where/if necessary.

The Inspection Report will include:

  • An Evaluation Summary – A brief description of what the Inspector found during the inspection of the property.
  • Installation Detail – Description of how the exterior components should be installed to work properly with the Hard Coat Stucco or Synthetic Stucco (such as windows/doors, expansion joints, flashing/drip edge, etc.)
  • Elevation Details – Pictures of the front, back and side elevations, along with close-up pictures and a description of each defect found by the Inspector.
  • Scope of Work – This is a separate document from the Inspection Report that outlines how to properly repair any defects found during the inspection.  Detailed remediation guidelines are given, then labeled pictures with suggested remediations needed are listed.

 

Protect your property from unseen damage with a comprehensive Stucco Inspection from Mill Creek Environmental.  Contact us today on 706.579.1607 to schedule your Stucco Inspection!