By Reggie Bullard
have read everything you have done on your web-site since July.
I still have a few questions. We bought our stucco home 5
years ago; it was two years old at that time. The inspector mentioned that there were some cracks, though did not recommend any fixing.
1. Do the cracks have to be a certain width to be of any significance? Do they have to be in a certain position (ie leading from a window or door frame?).
2. Talking of window frames, we have noticed that there is some brownish stain running from the bottom corners of some of our
windows, but not all. Is this a problem?
3. As we are not the original owners of the house, do we still have recourse to the builder and/or his insurance company if a
significant problem arises, and what is the usual time limit for this - 10 years from construction, 20, 5?
4. We live in Minnesota, the land of extremes, however we are English, where stucco houses are seriously outnumbered by brick
ones, so we have absolutely no experience of this siding. A friend of ours mentioned that stucco applied during the very cold
winter months was more likely to cause problems later on. Is this true? Our house was finished in April, so I presume the stucco
could well have been applied in winter.
I would appreciate your expert advice.
Stucco is likely to crack, we have found
Stains will happen. This material stains easily like bricks and concrete. This is probably from the lumber, or maybe the paint was applied in cold weather. To prevent stains, you need to get to the root of the problem.
If you had any freezing, it would show
up as delamination
(mortar popping off) or effloresence(
and powder on the surface. Usually, the
better sense than to apply materials when
is a danger
of freezing. Up north, people will build
tents to work
outside. I just wait until it's warm Here
that statute of repose is 1 year, except
( I think). Still, there is no guarantee
Don't worry. Be happy.