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Old 01-18-2011, 02:47 PM
 
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We just relocated to this area and are buying house. We found there were lots of houses here were stucco exterior. I am wondering, whether stucco will be an issue here, will it effect the value of the house? If the house is traditional stucco, will you consider this house? Or hesitate? Any comment?
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:54 AM
 
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If it was built in the past 10 years, I'd avoid it. Friends of ours had to side a newer home bc the stucco was improperly applied. Their whole housing development has a class action suit against the builder but that doesn't keep a house from being destroyed by water in the mean time. I like stucco better than vinyl or red brick but it has to be maintained like other non-vinyl non-masonry products.
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Old 01-19-2011, 09:34 PM
 
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Real, properly applied traditional stucco can be very nice.
"Stucco" coated fiberglass panels, e.g. 'Dryvit' should be avoided, IMO.
And faux masonry finishes like "Garden State Brickface" are usually awful, and have ruined many a dignified brick home in Philly.
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:46 AM
 
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Stay away from stucco. Especially if built in past 15 years. It leaks and it's a costly nightmare to get it repaired. If it's a very old home (i.e. built in the 1960s) and it's stucco, then it is probably ok. We had a stucco townhome built in 2000 and it cost us $20k+ to have the stucco ripped off the side, all windows taken out, and reinstalled. It started leaking and wouldn't stop. You will not get it covered under your homeowners insurance, builders won't take responsibility, and the HOA will turn a blind eye. Trust me, stucco is not meant to be used in PA. It looks nice and it's very cheap for the builders to give you a giant stucco home because it's basically sand and water. But, there are serious problems with it. Even if it isn't Dry-vit - our was supposedly "hardcoat". A bunch of crap - they don't know how to properly install it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:40 PM
 
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I grew up in a stucco home built in 1993. We never had any issues, and as far as upkeep goes, we just got it power-washed every once in a while. Keep in mind though the house (along with its finish) was custom-done and of very high quality, so your mileage would probably vary compared to something pre-fab.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:42 PM
 
Location: NW Philly Burbs
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Stay away from stucco. Especially if built in past 15 years. It leaks and it's a costly nightmare to get it repaired. If it's a very old home (i.e. built in the 1960s) and it's stucco, then it is probably ok.
Hah -- this really cracked me up!!! To me, a very old home = 1860s, not 1960s!!!

At any rate, I bought a 1950s home with a mix of siding, stucco, and stone (real, actual stones). I never thought twice about the stucco. I think about painting it, and I understand that you don't just use regular house paint. But otherwise? It's fine. Maybe a few very minor cracks here and there that have been maintained.
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Old 02-24-2013, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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I grew up in a stucco home built in 1993. We never had any issues,

.....that you know of.

You'll find out at sale time. They bring in a "stucco inspector" who will drill hole after hole in your walls and sticks in a moisture meter. Then starts poking around the wood and I guarantee you he'll find something. If you are unlucky and you had a ton of rain before good luck trying to convince the buyer. Once something is found, it is practically unrepairable. You can't afford it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:32 PM
 
Location: North by Northwest
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.....that you know of.

You'll find out at sale time. They bring in a "stucco inspector" who will drill hole after hole in your walls and sticks in a moisture meter. Then starts poking around the wood and I guarantee you he'll find something. If you are unlucky and you had a ton of rain before good luck trying to convince the buyer. Once something is found, it is practically unrepairable. You can't afford it.
Oh, I know. Thanks for your concern though. I highly doubt my father will have a hard time selling the place when he puts it on the market. We lived in a fairly modest stucco house before then in Penn Wynne, and as I recall, got a good offer it.
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