Southeastern Pennsylvania homeowners are facing an epidemic. Stucco homes are failing at an alarming rate due to the region’s harsh wet winters, shoddy workmanship practices, and a lack of available information for homeowners. For some homes this might mean the cosmetic, outer layer of its stucco is damaged. But for many others, homes could be rotting from the inside out.
Inadequate sealing around windows, doors, and surface joins can result in water getting into the wall system. This penetration gradually causes the material to fail. Poor stucco application practices can also introduce fundamental instabilities into the wall system.