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Defective construction materials (part 2): Stucco

It's one of the most common building materials in Florida. Stucco, a type of plaster made from cement and other additives, is a go-to for exteriors. It looks attractive and keeps out the moisture - if installed correctly.

In part one of this series, we addressed common defects affecting lumber. When it comes to stucco, however, it's rarely the material itself that causes problems. Rather, it's improper installation that can cause a host of issues.

What goes into proper stucco installation

Applying stucco correctly takes time and skill. It typically requires three coats of sufficient thickness. Each coat must be allowed to fully cure before applying the next. And because it shrinks while curing, stucco must be supported by a framework with adequate expansion joints.

Far too often, builders try to take shortcuts in an attempt to rush the job. Cutting corners can lead to costly problems with water intrusion. Moisture can cause rotting framing, electrical problems, toxic mold growth and other catastrophic issues.

How do you know if the stucco was improperly installed?

Watch for these signs of problems:

  • Cracks
  • Discoloration
  • Deterioration
  • Rust-colored moisture spots

Over the years, Florida juries have awarded billions of dollars to homeowners due to poorly installed stucco. Similar problems can also affect entire residential developments and condominium communities.

For more information on construction defects involving stucco or other materials, contact the attorneys at Tannenbaum Scro, P.L.

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