Stucco remediation isn’t something property owners ever want to deal with. If your home or place of business requires remediation, it generally means that the building has suffered damage as a result of old or improperly installed stucco. Unfortunately, as many stucco buildings from the turn of the century age, underlying damage is revealed and remediation is needed. And when it comes to remediation, one of the most common questions property owners have is, “how much will it cost?”
Every instance of stucco remediation is different, and so it’s impossible to say how much it will cost before we’ve had the chance to inspect the damage. But, in this article, we’ll explain some of the factors that influence the overall cost. And you can be sure that the cost of remediation is going to be less than the cost of gutting and reconstructing the entire building if the underlying damage is left to grow worse.
Factors that Influence Stucco Remediation Cost
The four primary factors that influence the cost of stucco remediation are the size of the building, the extent of the underlying damage, the number of windows within the remediation area, and the experience of the contractor performing the remediation.
Size of the Building
It may seem obvious, but the bigger the building, the more the remediation is likely to cost. Taller buildings with more surface area will naturally require more stucco to cover and require more time to remediate. However, if you have a very large building, full remediation may not be required. The damage may only be located on one side of the building. Still, it will look better if all of your stucco is new.
Severity of the Damage
As you might expect, the more severe the underlying damage is, the more time and resources it will take to repair during the remediation process. Generally speaking, the extent of the underlying damage can’t be determined simply by looking at the stuccoed surface. It’s only once the old stucco has been removed from the walls that we get a real idea of how much internal repair work is going to be needed.
Number of Windows
Something you may not expect is that the number of windows that lie within the remediation area can increase the price of the project. This is because, while windows reduce the amount of stucco required, they increase the complexity of the remediation. Stucco itself is relatively cheap. It’s the work that goes into the remediation that dictates the price the most. And when windows are involved, it means that the flashing and other waterproofing around the windows have to be redone. This is a very important step of the process because the area around windows is one of the most common water intrusion points.
Experience of the Contractor
Naturally, a more experienced contractor will usually cost a bit more than an inexperienced one. However, experience is definitely worth the added cost. When it comes to the remediation of your home or place of business, you don’t want mistakes to be made that could lead to further, costly damage. That could mean spending more money in the long run despite the initial remediation job being a bit cheaper in the short term.
When stucco remediation is performed by an experienced contractor, it will last longer and is more likely to be done right the first time. That peace of mind alone can make it all worthwhile.
Does Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Remediation?
Along with the question of cost, many homeowners who require stucco remediation also want to know if their homeowner’s insurance will cover it. The answer is that it depends on your insurance plan. Some plans will cover it, some won’t, and for some, the coverage may depend on the cause of the underlying damage that made remediation necessary. It’s always a good idea to call your insurance provider before having remediation performed on your home, just so that you know what to expect and can make informed decisions.
When it comes to stucco remediation, there are four primary factors that influence the cost. These are the size of the building being remediated, the severity of the underlying damage, the number of windows and other entry points within the affected area, and the experience of the contractor. We also recommend that you contact your homeowner’s insurance provider to find out if your plan will cover the project. This can help to prevent any surprises later on.
At Friel Plastering, our team of expert technicians has decades of experience in the stucco remediation industry. If your home or place of business has a stucco exterior that’s in need of remediation, contact us today. We’ll send out one of our stucco experts to perform an evaluation of the damage and provide you with the information you need going forward.