Stucco Failures are Often Invisible on the Surface:
If you are buying or selling a property which has stucco cladding, it is important to know the facts about the condition of what is underneath the stucco. Our certified stucco inspection technicians will thoroughly investigate the condition of the cladding, and test the material behind it to identify potential problems.Learn more about stucco inspections
What is the problem with stucco cladding?
Homes constructed between 1993 and 2006 with stucco cladding have a very high rate of seepage and subsequently damage to the sheathing and framing members. This is typically a result of a handful of changes in the materials used and architecture of the construction. Often seepage occurs from areas where the stucco material meets another building material. Roof capping, windows, doors, and anything that penetrates the stucco are the typical pathways for water to get behind the cladding system. Inadequate flashing and sealant details usually contribute to the substrate becoming wet and subsequently failing.
Can you tell if there is a stucco problem just by looking at the stucco?
No. There are some details that can be identified by a visual inspection, but to know whether there is real damage there must be an invasive test performed.
Why is it so important to recognize stucco problems right away?
Rotting sheathing behind the cladding can lead to moisture entering the insulation and drywall. This can create mold problems and create very unpleasant living conditions. Because water diffuses easily through many common building materials, the amount of damage that is created increases exponentially as each season passes.
What are the next steps?
Let Stucco Safe give your home a thorough analysis. We will create a report detailing any problems you may have. If your home was constructed with stucco it is important to know if you have a problem. Large problems leading to expensive stucco remediation projects can be prevented by adding some inexpensive caulking and flashing details to a home that lacks them.