I live in Phoenix, Az. Are
control joints necessary in stucco here?
From South Carolina:
I have traditional concrete
stucco house in great shape.
Its on the market and a
prospective buyer chose to have it inspected
because of the flap over EIFS
(which I don't have).
The 'inspector' poked holes
in all my floor boards but could not find
any significant moisture. He
then decided to make several negative
comments about the lack of
space joints (there are not large expanses,
no bigger than 10X20
segments) and also complained that he couldn't see
the flashing around windows
and doors therefore he assumed there wasn't
Needless to say, I need to
refute this report and need a knowledgeable
individual to assess this
for control joints (United
States Gypsum) says a Maximum spacing of 18x18 feet or 324 square feet.
Expansion joints weren't even
invented until the 1950's, and stucco has been around for over
There is no building code here
in Virginia or
in probably South Carolina
governing control joints or stucco at all.
I hate control joints because I
think they are ugly,
and at times, do more harm than