Question and answers on Stucco and Plastering-- April, 2013
Great website! I'm hoping you can lend your
opinion to our situation: about two years ago,
my husband. I built a Rambler home with a walk-out lower
level, all four sides are stucco.
We've been trying to finish the lower
level, however, we've been experiencing leakage around
our windows on three sides.
Our stucco contractor has come out to tear off the stucco,
re-paper and caulk and is now ready
to apply the brown coat. Today it rained buckets
and is still leaking in places. Our contractor
says it's because there are exposed nail holes and
once the brown coat is applied, there
will be no more leaks. Does this sound right to
you? Or should we anticipate the same problem
all over again?
Thanks for any insight you could provide!
Stucco is a porous material and water will penetrate. There is
tarpaper behind the stucco
to prevent water from contacting the lumber
The reason your house is leaking is probably due to
inadequate flashing, improper flashing,
improper window installation, improper roof installation,
fascia boards, etc.
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