By Reggie Bullard
Our home is being built as we speak. The specs call for some
on the exterior. There won't be a lot of stucco because we also
brick and siding. I am a bit concerned because I am reading
that synthetic stucco is horrible. I live in Erie, PA, so we so
cold winters with plenty of snow.
Our builder said eveyone around here uses synthetic stucco, and the problems with water damage behind the stucco were mainly in the south.
I have a hard time with the "everyone does it" answer, because if it goes bad, it goes bad for everyone, and that is little comfort to me.
I do not know what to do. I do not know if there are
water-resistant membranes that should be in place. The house has a wrap (like Tyvec), but is that enough to insulate the home from water behind the synthetic stucco?
Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I am running out of time.
Don't put that stinking crap on your house or it will look like this underneath in six years:
There are still people that do stucco that is portland cement
stucco with a portland cement finish like we do. It requires some
effort to search these people out and sometimes you may have to wait.
The path of least resistence for these builders is to put the fake crap
on because it is easy to find
Here is a great site maintained by a guy who has a rotting house, and still hasn't won in court against Dryvit corporation.
Another sad fact that in the yellow pages
or the bluebook under stucco contractors is that maybe one or two do
stucco. The others don't
The EIFS manufacturers used to claim that the rot was a North
Don't be a sucker. Insist on portland cement