SERVICES

WATERPROOFING / REPAIRS

STUCCO

  • FLASHING
  • EIFS REMOVAL
  • DECK FLASHING
  • Cladding retrofit
  • Chimney Repairs
  • Kickout Diverters
  • IMPACT DAMAGES
  • MOISTURE PROOFING
  • Caulking / Sealant
  • TERMITE CUT & SEALING
  • DELAMINATION & BULGES
  • REPLACE DECAYED WOOD

Stucco is an attractive, versatile building material, but it is not permanent. Periodic inspection and repair is needed to maintain stucco walls and keep small problems from developing into big ones.

Homeowners can take preventive measures by watching for signs of damage to stucco and investing in early stucco repair. One of the main culprits of stucco damage is water leakage causing the stucco layer to loosen and crumble. Signs of leakage are dampness, cracking, crumbling and molding of stucco surfaces.

These are difficult repairs requiring specialized skills, and homeowners should seek professional help rather than trying to do the work themselves. A poor job can cause years of problems and expensive repairs, so only companies specializing in stucco repair should be used.


Water itself is the real enemy of construction elements and stucco plaster and the conditions it is designed to protect are among its chief victims. This damage includes failure of the cladding itself, deterioration of the substrate material, damage of the wall insulation, eventual failure of structural members, and moisture intrusion into adjacent areas of the house. There is, however, an arguably more important reason to be concerned about the durability and susceptibility to moisture in stucco and EIFS applications: the health of the occupants of the house or building can be affected by moisture.

SERVICES

Stucco

  • Hardcoat Systems
  • EIFS
  • Walls
  • Chimney Chases
  • Mailboxes
  • Columns & Caps
  • Retaining Walls
  • Trim Bands
  • Keystones

The dictionary defines “stucco” as plaster or cement for surfacing walls. Stucco is an old-fashioned yet low-cost, aesthetically pleasing, durable cladding. We use products which combine the best of engineered fiber reinforced cement stucco with technologically advanced elastomeric finishes to create a stucco-type system that provides a superior cladding over traditional, field mixed sand, lime and cement. Superior products in a superior system create a more durable and colorfast exterior wall cladding. These products are designed for maximum effective crack bridging which does not allow moisture to get in the wall.

Achieving Lasting Performance and Durability in Stucco Systems

Understanding appropriate construction practices and some of the common causes of problems in exterior stucco can help prevent future problems. Building construction should comply with National, State and Local Building Codes. Less than complete code compliance seriously jeopardizes an owner’s or builder’s investment. Construction details, particularly flashing at window sills, roof/wall intersections, decks and other transition areas of construction should be designed or built to divert water to the exterior, not into the walls. Cracking to some degree is normal in stucco. Understanding the numerous factors that contribute to cracking, including the following conditions, can encourage construction and maintenance practice that minimize cracking:

  • Wood shrinkage
  • Improper mixing
  • inadequate curing
  • Poor lath installation
  • Structural movement
  • Settling of building site
  • Roof leakage – window leakage
  • Absence of caulking at windows and doors
  • Absence or improper location of expansion or control joints
  • Improper sequence of work (i.e., roof and/or interior drywall work after installation of stucco)

Stucco at and below grade can cause problems with durability that require continual maintenance. Sound grading and landscaping practices should be used to provide effective drainage of water away from the walls of the structure at grade, and the stucco should be kept well above finished grade. Wood framing or sheathing should never go below grade.
Sprinklers should not use walls as a means of diverting water to gardens or lawns. Drip irrigation should not keep soil continually wet near base of wall.
Horizontal and low-slope surfaces are not intended for stucco applications. Extra surface preparation is required and periodic maintenance and reduced durability should be expected for any weather-exposed sloped surfaces.
Retaining walls and planters should be thoroughly waterproofed from the inside (where the soil makes contact) before putting any stucco on the outside.
Caulking should be installed at all terminations of the stucco and all openings through the stucco (windows, doors, pipes, vent, etc.).
Scuppers or canals should not use the walls to drain water from the roof into or onto walls.
Choice of color can be a determining factor in the longevity of the stucco’s like new appearance. Dark colors will generally fade faster than lighter colors and require more frequent maintenance, including recoating.

SERVICES

Stone

  • Walls
  • Mailboxes
  • Columns
  • Fireplaces
  • Steps
  • Pavers
  • Chimney Chases
  • Stoops
  • Teraining Walls

Strong, durable and aesthetically pleasing, natural stone has existed in building and construction since antiquity. The durability of natural stone is one its strongest assets. There is also the connection to history. From the Pyramids to Stonehenge to Mt. Rushmore, stone existed before humans ever did. In some cases, people are not just looking for stone, but for a connection to the past that they can incorporate in their home or building.

Recently, an awareness of the environment and a trend toward simpler living has prompted developers and homeowners to choose natural building materials. Natural stone is not manufactured according to strict laboratory standards. Stone is created in the earth as a product of natural forces. Its origin and composition depends on constantly changing factors such as time and place, heat, pressure and chemistry. This is what makes each stone a unique work of art.

Stone has been used in construction from pre-history to the present day. Resonating with meaning, it is an exciting material for use in new construction. That the monuments built by masons 5000 years ago have survived to this day suggest just how durable a material stone can be. Although stone is a finite resource, its longevity, coupled with its contribution to our quality of life, mean that stone has outstanding sustainability credentials.

Natural stone boasts innumerable qualities in a variety of applications. First, there is the variety of natural stone available: limestone, sandstone, bluestone and granite, to name a few. Then there are many available cuts and shapes: pavers, veneers, cobbles, boulders, stacking, flagging — the list goes on. Moreover, the colors? Every color of the rainbow, and then some. It is safe to say there is a stone for every purpose and a purpose to every stone.

You can use stone anywhere, outdoors or in. When an entry is surrounded in stone and the stone continues inside, the whole house assumes a new character. Our artisans still use the chisel and hammer to cut and shape each stone, hand fitting these to obtain beautiful results.

Manufactured Stone
(also known as Artificial or Synthetic)

Manufactured stone is a revolutionary material that allows greater flexibility when building with stone. The material cost is usually lower. The labor cost is lower. In addition, the special engineering costs required by natural stone are eliminated. Because of its lightweight, artificial stone can be used on any wall. There is no need for special footings or foundations. In addition, manufactured stone may be adhered to a variety of materials, including drywall, concrete, brick, and plywood.

This stone is made using colorful iron oxide pigments, cement, and special small lightweight aggregates that are poured into highly specialized molds. The molds are vibrated so that the face of the concrete stones picks up every detail of the molds. The resulting texture and color of the artificial stones is incredible. They come in all different colors, textures, and sizes. The color is solid throughout and they weather just like traditional stone.

Manufactured stone is glued onto the vertical surface of a home as opposed to natural stone, which is set on top of one another. Traditional stone is stacked and gravity pushes down on each stone. Manufactured stone is typically adhered to a wall surface with a cement mixture.

Why We Recommend Cultured Stone ®

“Natural stone is a highly desired construction material, but one that can empty the wallet with high labor and shipping costs. Cultured Stone® has been used for over thirty years and is much improved from its early days. Even with close examination, today’s manufactured stone, made from concrete, can be very difficult to tell apart from natural stone. Except for the lack of weight and sans the hole in your pocket, Cultured Stone® veneer products will fool the most discerning eye and can be used to create many exciting projects in and around your home.” Quote from TIM CARTER, a Nationally Syndicated Newspaper Columnist.

There are several other manufactured stone alternatives, some of these at significantly less the cost of Cultured Stone®; however, we find that Cultured Stone® stands apart in the quality of its products, innovative technology, and creative solutions. Nevertheless, if you have other preferences, please let us know.

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Brick

  • Walls
  • Mailboxes
  • Columns
  • Fireplaces
  • Steps
  • Pavers
  • Chimney Chases
  • Stoops
  • Teraining Walls

Striking details. Flowing lines. Dramatic color combinations. These are just a few of the design elements that create great looks in building design. What material delivers more design possibilities to achieve them then brick? Whether simply adding a decorative watertable or dressing up a window with a distinctive arch, architects, builders, and masons maximize the potential of brick, transforming even the most ordinary structure into a vision of timeless beauty and lasting value. With its many colors, styles and shapes, and the unlimited ways it can be configured and detailed, brick sets you free to create your own, very personal style.

Brick is so familiar on homes and walls it’s easy to overlook how its durability, natural beauty and unique warmth can enhance things horizontal walkways and paths, patios and driveways. Yet it has a very long history of complementing the landscape and welcoming guests.


Brick is an all-natural building material that is made from a mix of clay and water that is then baked, or “fired,” in a kiln until hardened. Different clays produce different colors, and there are many different types of clays. In addition, various natural coatings, such as sand and limestone, can also be added during the firing process to produce different colors, effects, textures and finishes. Even a brick’s position in the kiln can affect the final look. When you combine these with the tonal varieties of today’s mortars, you can see that your color choices in brick are virtually endless.

Nothing else can match the classic beauty and elegance of a brick home. But there’s more to brick than just looks. Brick offers lasting value. It can enhance the resale value of your home by as much as 6 percent. Brick is virtually maintenance free. It doesn’t rot, dent, or need to be painted and it won’t be eaten by termites. Brick is also energy efficient, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In short, brick offers you a combination of advantages not found in any other siding material. Brick costs more than some other commonly used siding materials because brick is a premium product, but it’s not nearly as expensive as you might think.

A brick home is virtually maintenance free. Brick is one of the oldest building materials in the world, and one of the reasons it’s still so popular is brick’s ease of upkeep. Brick never needs painting, never rots, will never be eaten by termites and will never dent or tear. Brick homes built hundreds of years ago still stand today.

Brick is a building material that has exceptional “thermal mass ” properties. Thermal mass is the ability of a heavy, dense material to store heat and then slowly release it. For you, this means that during the summer months your brick home stays cool during the hottest part of the day. During the winter, brick walls store your home’s heat and radiate it back to you. The superior thermal mass qualities of brick have been known for centuries. Most notably, the Pueblo Indians in the Southwest used adobe masonry to moderate weather extremes and keep their homes comfortable.

A brick home is fire resistant, pest resistant and weather resistant. Brick is such a strong and durable building material that your insurance companies may even offer you a discount on your home insurance costs. Check with your agent for more details.

Staining is a common practice and is usually done by a professional with expertise in its application. The stain itself is a proprietary product made specifically for brick. Since the surrounding mortar joints must be masked, it is a time consuming process and is usually only done when a limited number of brick are involved. If staining is done properly, it should have no detrimental effect on the bricks and should provide a long lasting finish.

  • Why Repoint or Tuckpoint ?
  • Brick and Stone
  • Above Grade Horizontal Cut
  • Finding the Problem Behind the Problem
  • Window leaks are the cause of the majority of the damage but the causes may be many, including:
  • Examples of areas of EIFS and stucco clad building that are susceptible to water intrusion include the following:
  • Here are some typical signs that you have or soon will have troubles: