U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Georgia > Atlanta
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 01-16-2007, 09:29 AM
 
Location: a warmer place
1,747 posts, read 4,825,889 times
Reputation: 756

Advertisements

Any thoughts on whether a Hard Coat Stucco home is good/bad to purchase?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-16-2007, 09:58 AM
 
1,025 posts, read 3,716,111 times
Reputation: 634
What is behind the stucco?

When I buy a house, I tend to keep it for a long time, so you couldn't give one to me -- not unless I stood right there and watched the house being built from the gound up with an inspector at my side.

Our stucco homes are not built like those in Florida or the Southwest with masonry behind them. About 15 years ago, many homeowners discovered this problem too late and ended up ripping out walls and replacing rotting window frames. Here, all I've seen (except over some foundations) is a coating applied to a metal lathe or mesh over wood and styrofoam. The hairline cracks eventually allow moisture to seep into the walls - the framing and trim, attracting termites and fostering a perfect environment for black mold to grow behind interior walls.

I know builders say that the new hardcoat system and waterproof barrier when properly installed, is vastly superior to Dryvit and no doubt it is, but as before, only time will tell. I've seen problems in homes with both kinds. I'd have to quit my job and camp out on the lot, inspecting every flashing and every seal on the waterproof barrier or I wouldn't accept stucco myself. I'm wary of expensive, messy stucco repairs.

It's a matter of esthetics and personal preference, too. A little stucco is okay, but most builders overdo it here.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-16-2007, 10:09 AM
 
Location: a warmer place
1,747 posts, read 4,825,889 times
Reputation: 756
Thanks F. We wrote up an offer on a hardcoat stucco home but haven't submittd it based on our concerns on the stucco. The stucco goes all the way to the ground which is worrying my spouse. Do you have any experience with this type of Hardcoat? My guess is you would not buy this house if you were me. It was built in 1996. Any info would be helpful as we are up to the wire on this one.

Maybe I can phrase it this way, there is another house, not stucco that is 25k more and would stretch our budget. Is that a better value for resale purposes?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-16-2007, 10:26 AM
 
1,025 posts, read 3,716,111 times
Reputation: 634
If I were facing that choice, Kaday, I would negotiate as hard as I could to get the other house price closer to my comfort level and go for it!

As a 20-year resident of Atlanta, I can tell you that brick homes have a solid history of appreciating and selling faster in this area than comparable homes in stucco coatings.

I'd go for 50-year Hardiboard or even shingle and stone instead of stucco, too (in fact, I did).
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-16-2007, 11:30 AM
 
Location: a warmer place
1,747 posts, read 4,825,889 times
Reputation: 756
That is exactly what we are doing! Thanks hopefully we can make it work.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Georgia > Atlanta
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top