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By Andrew Creamer | Home Inspector in Conroe, TX

What is stucco?

Stucco is a cladding or wall covering system.  Traditional hard coat stucco is typically installed as "siding" on the outside of a home.  Like any other cladding or siding, key features of stucco include making the home look nice and sealing the structure keeping rain or other weather out.  

Most stucco systems have three coats of stucco material over metal lathe and accessories that hold the stucco to the wall.  Metal accessories include corner beads, trim pieces, control joints, etc.  
These metal accessories give shape to the stucco, hold it on the wall, reduce cracking, and more.  

Stucco is a porous material and will absorb water.  Behind any quality stucco installation is a weather barrier and flashing to keep moisture out of the home or structure.  Houston weather is wet and humid making the weather barrier and flashing critical.  Many of the problems associated with stucco in the Houston area are with the weather barrier and flashing behind the stucco.   Small details in the installation of the stucco and weather barrier systems are what ensure a quality installation.  

My strong background in roofing and water proofing ensure I can provide a quality stucco inspection.  Feel free to contact me if I can help with your stucco or cladding.

Andrew Creamer, PE, CEI
Owner, 
ADC Inspect, PLLC
www.ADCHomeInspection.com
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