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Old 05-26-2007, 02:30 PM
 
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I noticed quite a few stucco homes with tile roofs in the Austin area, especially west Austin out in the hills by Lake Travis.

Surprisingly Houston has quite a few homes that are stucco too, maybe that has to do more with it's proximity to the coast (tropical feeling).
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:50 PM
 
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I noticed quite a few stucco homes with tile roofs in the Austin area, especially west Austin out in the hills by Lake Travis.

Surprisingly Houston has quite a few homes that are stucco too, maybe that has to do more with it's proximity to the coast (tropical feeling).
I would think they would have the same (if not worse) moisture problem though. Interesting.......
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:54 PM
 
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That is odd. You see in coastal Mexico as well, which is super humid-wet.

I guess that means ?
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Old 05-26-2007, 02:56 PM
 
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It means I don't understand then!!! lol
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Old 05-26-2007, 03:08 PM
 
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Here's one thread that discusses the topic:

Why so many brick homes?

I think Lifertexan is a builder, so maybe he can address.
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Old 05-26-2007, 04:03 PM
 
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I know the stucco homes in Houston have to be painted alot due to mold forming on the sides of the houses, so yes they do require lot's of up keep.

Btw, I'm a fan of true stucco like some of the homes in Highland Park or River Oaks, not the stucco where it looks like you could punch a hole through it (stucco board, etc..).
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Old 05-26-2007, 04:12 PM
 
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I know the stucco homes in Houston have to be painted alot due to mold forming on the sides of the houses, so yes they do require lot's of up keep.

Btw, I'm a fan of true stucco like some of the homes in Highland Park or River Oaks, not the stucco where it looks like you could punch a hole through it (stucco board, etc..).
Yes...I'm with you...real stucco like alot of the Spanish homes in San Diego!! Ah....now that's my dream home. Unfortunatley I can't fathom spending 600k on one!!
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Old 05-26-2007, 04:14 PM
 
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Here's one thread that discusses the topic:

Why so many brick homes?

I think Lifertexan is a builder, so maybe he can address.
Read the thread.....good to know. I'm glad my house is solid brick and no siding!! I hear termites run rampant out here. We get checked frequently...so far so good.
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Old 05-26-2007, 05:26 PM
 
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One way to help keep termites away is to keep shrubs/plantings from actually touching the house. Also, ensure your foundation is several inches above the ground. You can easily do a perimeter check then, looking for the little mud bridges. If you see one, get someone out right away. Best to catch them early.

Brian
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Old 05-26-2007, 07:52 PM
 
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thank you for all the responses!! actually I am the she and he's the teacher I think we have decided that renting for 6 months first is definitely the way to go.
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