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Expert Advice on Your Home Stucco Repairs: An Interview with Daniel Haag of Daniel Haag, Inc.

By Daniel Haag

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Daniel Haag, Inc. has been in business for over 20 years providing Citrus, Marion, Levy, and Hernando counties with beautiful stone work and textured cementitious finishes, and we apply these not only to the main body of the exterior of our customer's homes, but also to their gables, fireplaces, island kitchens and backsplashes, driveway columns, and just about any other place they may need as well. We've built a reputation for going above and beyond to enhance their projects in whatever way possible, for doing the odd or difficult job that has been passed on by everyone else, and we regularly receive referrals from general contractors and even our competitors for jobs that require a level of artistic skill that we are well known in the community to possess. We are mainly residential but we do generally take on a few large commercial projects each year.

Can you briefly explain the differences between stuccoed housing and typically wooden housing?

Actually this question is worded wrongly, the comparison should be between stucco cladding or wood cladding siding. For many this choice is cosmetic and is based on the look they are trying to acheive for their home's exterior. The options available with stucco cladding and stone work, separately or in combination, are endless. The range of color and composition possibilities make it a very popular choice where aesthetic value is key. We keep on file before and after photos of some of our best work to show future customers and give them ideas for their own projects.

What are some of the advantages to having a stuccoed home?

On the matter of functionality and preservation there are several benefits to choosing the stucco cladding option over wood, but the main two would be the ease of maintenance and the fact that stucco is rot resistant and therefore the better choice for more humid climates, such as we find here in Florida. The stucco creates a continuous membrane around the exterior of the structure, providing an extra layer of protection from the elements. The same cannot be said of wood cladding which is porous and prone to swelling or warping after years of bad weather have washed away the chemical treatments once applied to prevent this.

What are some of the most common home repairs for a stuccoed home?

The most common repairs we see are caused by a lack of maintenance (regular painting to keep seal intact) or by settling of the structure resulting in (usually very minor) cracks. It is inexpensive to repair this if caught early, but small cracks will get larger and become more of a problem to repair if neglected.

What advice can you give to people who need repairs done but keep putting it off?

Some repairs can be made by the homeowner, and some cannot, but the important thing to remember is that in keeping up that membrane you are protecting the basic structure of the house and the longer you allow there to be a breach the more opportunities there are for damage to occur.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

To discuss your project's needs and request a free estimate we can be reached at our office by phone at 352-746-9807, by fax at 352-513-5684, or by email at dhaaginc@tampabay.rr.com. We also have a website danielhaagstucco.com.Our needs only require us to keep a small home office so when meeting with clients to show samples of our extensive stone selection or the pre-fabricated columns we keep in our inventory, we instead arrange a time to meet them at our equipment yard where we have these items showcased. However to receive mail we do have a Post Office Box and that address is: PO Box 1288, Lecanto, FL 34460. We are based out of Citrus County but our serviceable area does extend to the immediately neighboring counties.

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Daniel Haag is the president and owner of Daniel Haag, Inc.

Phone: 352-746-9807

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