Inspecting Your Stucco After an Earthquake - What to Look For
After an earthquake it is important to inspect stucco structures, to ensure safety and longevity. In an earthquake, structures of all types are affected, but there are some specific things to look for when one is inspecting stucco.
Stucco may crack during an earthquake, one of the more obvious signs of damage visible during an inspection. Cracks may be large or small, but all should be addressed to ensure your stucco lasts as long as it should. You should also keep an eye out for breaks, scrapes and scratches, holes, chips, and dents, all of which can be attributed to earthquake damage.
Even if there is no damage immediately visible, it is possible that earthquake damage still occurred. Many times, stucco buildings are damaged in a manner that is difficult to observe. Your building could be affected behind the stucco, which will pose numerous problems if left unaddressed.
Luckily, stucco is one of the easier building materials to fix following an earthquake or other adverse environmental event. In many cases, it can be patched and filled, saving you money when compared to having to entirely re-side or refinish a home. Stucco is designed to be durable and long lasting, so with appropriate repairs, your home will be safe and beautiful for a long time to come.
Following a weather event, contact a stucco company to inspect your home. Do not rely on not seeing anything on the outside, yourself – know that stucco can be damaged in ways that are not immediately visible to the untrained eye, and double check your safety by bringing in an expert.
Stucco is a great choice for people concerned about a durable building during weather events. Get it inspected, repair any issues, and enjoy this high quality material!