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Robin Faison, Real Estate Pro in Concord, NC

Does hard coat stucco have moisture problems? What have people seen happening in the Charlotte metro market with hard coat stucco?

Asked by Robin Faison, Concord, NC Sat Nov 13, 2010

more specifically in the Lake Norman area

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Stucco installation refers to two different ASTM Standards C926 & C1063 for the correct installation. Rarely is this type of cladding installed correctly - anywhere!! Typically building departments do not enforce the standards that are typically embedded in the building codes or they are not aware of the correct installation practices. Stucco cladding failure can be catastrophic to the average homeowner.

You can refer to my homepage at http: http://www.alantrauger.com - have numerous newsletter and articles relating to stucco and exterior cladding issues
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Feb 28, 2011
I refer clients to http://www.metrolina-inspection.com or http://www.housemaster.com -- they have a lot of information on the issues with stucco, and about lawsuits which have occurred in NC related to it.

Most issues relate to improper installation resulting in water penetration. Current building codes have addressed these issues, but inspection and warranties are recommended.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 13, 2011
I agree with Alan Trauger. Both synthetic stucco (EIFS) and hard coat stucco are both great products. Both products can have the same problems if not properly installed. There is a company that was involved with the Dryvit law suit, Moisture Warranty Corporation, that has a program for fixing any problem stucco homes and then providing warranty coverage. The first step is to have an independent 3rd party stucco inspection performed on the property. If the inspection finds items that need to be addressed make sure you use another party not related to the inspector in any manner or fashion. Hope this helps.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 13, 2011
I tend to agree with Alan Traugers answer below, rarely is this properly installed. If you're buying a home that has hardcoat stucco you should look for a home inspector who has the specialized qualification to inspect the home. Savvy buyers tend to avoid buying a home with stucco and those who do and are smart have the annual moisture reading taken and maintain a log so that when they go to sell they have detailed evidence that the home has been regularly inspected and has no problems or that problems were discovered and remedied.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 23, 2013
Both products are great to use if installed correctly. Inspections on new construction have been greatly inhanced by many cities in our area. The inspection process helps to insure the products are applied correctly. Without this inspection process poor installation can cause problems 5-10 years after the product has been installed. I believe all problems that have been reported with stucco have been related to poorly installed material
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 13, 2011
Stucco and exterior wall cladding issues relating to water and moisture intrusion can occur anywhere. Nathan Wolf is correct in that improper installation techniques are the basic culprits for this universal problem. Members of the Exterior Design Institute (EDI) are building envelope specialists. You can go to their web site to find a member in your geographic area that specializes in the correct installation of these materials and moisture intrusion analysis. I am Member here in the Orlando Florida area.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 13, 2011
I live on the water and built my house with hard coat stucco.
Synthetic stucco is the material that had the issues.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Mar 9, 2011
Thank you for your answers. When the hard coat stucco house in question was inspected by an inspector who specializes in this kind of work, about $1000 worth of caulking and wood replacement was needed. This was after the stucco had been "touched up" by a contractor for the seller. It was not a major repair but was appreciated by the buyer.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 6, 2011
Hard coat stucco is an excellent material.I live in The Peninsula on the water with a hard coat stucco surface.
Synthetic stucco is the other stucco material and has had issues but if you have it inspected and negotiate a synthetic stucco warrenty you do not have to fear .Both materals especially hard coat stucco are good products.
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