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Old 08-10-2007, 08:13 AM
 
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Hey guys...I am moving to the Philadelphia area if I ever sell my house here in Maryland. We were looking in the Mickelton area of South Jersey. Some of the homes have stucco...When we moved to MD we looked at a stucco home and our realtor told us to be careful because they have been having problems. Water gets in the stucco if it wasn't put on properly.

I have looked it up on the web...and they mostly talk about stucco in California where it is very popular. I have also heard that if you live in an area that freezes during the winter, stucco may not be the way to go.

I was wondering if anyone had info about Stucco on the east coast and how it does? Or what I can do to check it out so I don't have problems? Or is it something I should stay away from and just go siding or brick?

Thanks so much!!
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:12 AM
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Location: Bergen County
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Hey guys...I am moving to the Philadelphia area if I ever sell my house here in Maryland. We were looking in the Mickelton area of South Jersey. Some of the homes have stucco...When we moved to MD we looked at a stucco home and our realtor told us to be careful because they have been having problems. Water gets in the stucco if it wasn't put on properly.

I have looked it up on the web...and they mostly talk about stucco in California where it is very popular. I have also heard that if you live in an area that freezes during the winter, stucco may not be the way to go.

I was wondering if anyone had info about Stucco on the east coast and how it does? Or what I can do to check it out so I don't have problems? Or is it something I should stay away from and just go siding or brick?

Thanks so much!!
Hi,
We have Stucco on our house. We've been through a pretty harsh winter and are now going through a wet summer. No problems so far. Personally, I've never heard anyone having problems with Stucco in our area.

Good Luck!
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Old 08-10-2007, 10:39 AM
 
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Good question....being from cali..stucco is common..personally I love stucco red tile roof combinations.. But I dont see it often..my folks in ohio have stucco though..and brick front..and they dont have problems.

I would love to get a stucco home I dont see too many in bergen or rockland county (we live over the bridge in ny)...but its always good to get an opinion in case a stucco one came up.

Do you get more bugs or termites with stucco during the harsh winters or humid summers.
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Martinsville, NJ
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Be carefull about buying a stucco home. If it was built before the 1980's it is probably stucco over block which is fine.
In the 80's they started using a system of installing stucco over 2" foam insulation on 2X4 walls. Not a very strong system.
I worked on some buildings using a Dryvit stucco system and it made for some very weak walls. OK for commercial or industrial buildings where it is used for decorative and trim work but I would not be comfortable living in a home with such light duty walls.
You can have a home inspector check out the stucco home you are interested in and make your decision.

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Old 08-10-2007, 03:31 PM
 
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The home we are looking at is about 2 years old...Some people have told me they have never heard of stucco problems..E...how do the winters effect stucco?

Thanks!
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Old 08-10-2007, 06:32 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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I worked on some buildings using a Dryvit stucco system and it made for some very weak walls.

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A couple of years ago, the townhouse I was living in started to deteriorate. It was built with that Dryvit stucco stuff in the 80's. We were assessed $55K to replce it and repair the walls. The whole townhouse complex had the same problem.
If it was built in the last 15 years, I wouldnt worry about it. They originally discovered the problem in the late 80,s/early 90's and fixed it.
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Old 08-10-2007, 09:07 PM
 
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Stucco is a portland cement based plaster - typically 3/4-7/8 inch thick, some propriarary systems are available at 1/2 inch thick, and properly installed is very impact resistant and durable (even in the Northeast).
EIFS (acronym for Exterior Insulation and Finish System) is a synthetic stucco system comprised of an expanded polystyrene insulation layer (minimum 3/4 inch thick) covered by a relatively thin polymer base coat with a colored finsihed coat (although some systems offer a cement base coat (1/4 inch thick) for improved impact resistance.
True stucco systems are inelastic and require regularly spaced expansion/control joints to accomodate movement. As such they are prone to cracking if not properly installed or cured. EIFS systems do not experience the same expansive properties and do not require expansion joints, but do require control joints at changes in structure. Although EIFS is typically not as susceptable to cracking compared to stucco, cracking can occur at corners of openings such as at windows and doors if not properly reinforced. EIFS has a history of failure in residential contruction particularly when installed as a barrier system (newer EIFS sytems are installed as drainage systems).
If the exterior finish on house you are looking at is very dense (you can not push a pencil through it) then it is probably stucco. If it can be compressed under hand pressure or punctured by a pencil then it is likely EIFS. I would be leary about an EIFS clad house unless you have a thorough inspection for water intrusion.
More info on stucco than you ever wanted
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Old 08-11-2007, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Bridgewater, NJ
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There definately is a problem with some stucco. I believe, if you knock on it and it sounds hollow, you will most likely have to replace it. It does hold mold, and becomes toxic. There are a few single family developments in Bridgewater, where homeowners had to replace the stucco.
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Old 08-12-2007, 06:52 AM
 
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Thanks guys..you were very helpful...We really like this house but it is stucco and we have our concerns..

jerseyj, ha I will go stick a pencil in the house and see if it makes a dent. Thanks for the info..I appreciate it!
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Old 06-13-2010, 08:41 PM
 
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Hello. My parents live in NE Ks and want to replace their old siding w/ stucco. They have been told to stay away from stucco due to weather conditions in KS. I've been researching and can't find a reason why it would become a problem. Can someone guide me to why or why not a home in KS should not be made out of stucco? Thanks!
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