Stucco is a building material made from an aggregate (such as sand, gravel, or crushed stone), a binder, and water. In the past, it was often used as a decorative cover applied to the exterior of a home to cover wood, concrete, or other building materials. However, during the housing boom, many builders in Florida began using stucco as a seal to waterproof homes. Applying stucco is a delicate process that requires allowing the stucco an appropriate amount of time to set. If applied too quickly, stucco can begin cracking over time.
During the housing boom, many builders opted to apply stucco cheaply and quickly, sacrificing correct application for increased profitability. Over time, this compromises the stucco’s ability to function as a water barrier, which can lead to water intrusion. When water penetrates stucco it can cause dangerous mold and rotting of wood within the walls of a home. It has been estimated that damage from cracked stucco can cost a homeowner between $50,000 and $100,000.
If you have stucco on your home which is cracking or peeling, you are likely to have issues behind the stucco that will only worsen with time. It is possible that your builder could be found liable for poor workmanship or building code violations and be required to pay to fix the problem they created. The builder’s insurance carrier, or even your own insurance carrier, could also be required to pay for all or part of the damage caused by faulty stucco application.
If you are worried that you have a stucco problem, you may only have one chance to fix it, and fix it right. When it comes to dealing with stucco issues, at The Robertson Firm, our experience is the difference. Our managing attorney is board certified by the Florida Bar in construction law and civil trial law, and has been a Florida Certified General Contractor for over 30 years. Contact us today to see how our experience can help you navigate the repair of your home and protect this treasured asset.