Stucco is a long-lasting, low-maintenance option to increase your home’s attractiveness, curb appeal, and value. Your stucco, however, may fail due to a variety of environmental and craftsmanship-related causes. Here, let’s quickly review them.
Most frequent causes of stucco failure
Stucco is a long-lasting, low-maintenance option to increase your home’s attractiveness, curb appeal, and value. Your stucco may nevertheless fail due to a variety of environmental and craftsmanship-related causes.
Improper installation of a door or window sill
Water will not effectively drain from the property if a door or window is installed improperly, which might lead to issues. When it comes to windows, water can get trapped if a stucco installer doesn’t properly put water-resistant paper behind the glass, which can cause mold growth and structural damage.
If your stucco work is not effectively protected from moisture, you might anticipate cracking and eventually disintegration.
Improper installation of the flashing
You can anticipate noticing cracking and deterioration in your stone and stucco work if kick-out flashing diverters, one-piece molded plastic or metal parts meant to appropriately direct water flow, are absent or badly fitted.
Vents, electrical outlets, and other moisture entry points that haven’t been properly sealed
Inadequately installed dryer vents, light fixtures, plumbing, and electric outlets offer a pathway for moisture to enter, which can result in stucco failure and other structural issues. This is similar to the situation with window frames. These gaps should be completely sealed from the inside out and properly protected from water intrusion.
Installing a deck incorrectly
In order to avoid harming the rim joist and anything below it (including stucco), an expert deck builder should employ water management solutions including barrier membranes, rain screens, and ledger board drip can flashing. This is especially true for taller decks. An experienced stucco inspector can spot any issues or offer guidance on how to safeguard your stucco if you’re planning to build a deck.
Difficulties with Material Transition
If all joints between these dissimilar materials have not been properly sealed for expansion and contraction, which can cause and worsen both cracking and water penetration, then transitions between stucco and other construction materials like stone, concrete, siding, and brick can become problematic areas. Stucco can sustain significant damage from the improper flashing of these seams, just like with windows, doors, and chimneys.