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Old 03-05-2009, 08:03 PM
 
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I have been browsing homes in Seattle for quite a while now, and I have noticed that all the homes have wood siding instead of stucco. Is there some kind of building code in Seattle that does not allow the building of stucco homes?

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-Mike
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:21 PM
 
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There's no building code preventing stucco homes in Seattle, and I've seen a few, but stucco tends to do better in drier climates.
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:26 PM
 
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Moss does much better on wood shingles.
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Old 03-05-2009, 09:19 PM
 
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Wood flexes during an earthquake, stucco cracks. You also won't find many brick homes for the same reason.
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:04 PM
 
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You also won't find many brick homes for the same reason.
I've seen many brick homes in Beacon Hill.
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Old 03-06-2009, 01:12 PM
 
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When water gets through to the wood joints under the stucco, it can cause a lot of invisible damage that isn't easy to get to.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:45 PM
 
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Wood flexes during an earthquake, stucco cracks. You also won't find many brick homes for the same reason.
Growing up in Southern CA, earthquake central, there was/is stucco EVERYWHERE so I doubt seismic activity has anything to do with it. It's also fairly easy to repair the cracks in stucco after a quake.
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:02 AM
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There are also stucco houses all over FL so it must not be the rain and moisture. Daily deluges and high humidity all summer. We had a stucco house built in Orlando, in a subdivision full of other stucco houses, surrounded by many other subdivisions of stucco houses--ugh, I just had a flashback!

Lynn
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Old 03-08-2009, 01:10 AM
 
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Maybe it's because stucco is ugly?
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:47 AM
 
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I could be wrong, but typically a regions architectural flavor is determined by the natural resources available. we had wood coming out our ears as they say. Go to New Mexico and everything is adobe. They had mud from the Rio Grande.
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