Stucco

Submitted by KevinFuqua on Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:01

I finally had some time off, so I thought I would Blog a bit about Stucco.

Stucco is the most problematic exterior siding there is. Stucco is also the most difficult to inspect.

Stucco is like a Rotten Egg.  It can look like any other egg on the outside but once it's opened up, you have your surprise. All under laying wood and componets are not visable to inspect.

Moisture Meters do not work on Stucco and the only real way to inspect it is to drill probe holes into it and test for moisture at the underlaying wood componets. Most inspectors are not trained in this procedure and most home seller do not want you to drill holes into thier home. This probe testing is normally very expensive and time consuming.

Many Stucco installers install it in-correctly. In 2001 the Texas Lath & Plaster Association (TP&L) reviesed instalation refinements, although most Stucco installers fail to follow the refinements.  They say " I've installed it this way for 20 years ."  And I reply, " And you have installed in wrong for the last 15 years."

Some common install issues are;  The Stucco is at Grade, the lack of control expansion joints, the lack of roof kick out flashings, lack of weep screed and banding not sloped at the top.

Most all Stucco will develope cracking. Even properly installed Stucco can crack.

All Stucco defects, no mater how small, should be repaired. A hole the size of a pencil lead can lead to large areas of underlaying damage.

A new product available called , Elastomeric Stucco Paint can help with sealing the Stucco.

I myself will not cover anything relating with Stucco. I'll inspect it and write up known and visable defects but will cover nothing about Stucco. Many good home builders I know will not even install Stucco anymore.

So there my take on the "rotten egg" of the industry. Not all eggs are rotten, but I myself would never take a chance on getting one.

Submitted by KevinFuqua on Thu, 05/18/2017 - 15:01