Many homes in the last 20 years have been clad with stucco. There are several different types of stucco that are popular. EIFS (aka Dryvit – which is a actually a trade name) traditional (aka three coat stucco) Artificial stone (which is stucco) and One Coat stucco which is really not “One Coat.”
Sound confusing? It is.
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There are many components of a stucco system that must be installed for the system to perform properly. Weep Screeds, Kick-out flashings, expansion joints, window and door flashings, building paper to name a few.
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If any of these components are missing or installed improperly the results can be catastrophic. I have seen 10 year old and newer homes that are rotted to the point of being unsafe – Costing the home owner 10s of thousands of dollars. (or more)
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If you are considering buying a home with any type of stucco cladding, You definitely should hire an inspector who is familiar with stucco installation and repair.