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The Stucco Situation

Buying a house is an enormous financial investment. Your home is a source of pride and identity — and the quintessential American Dream. For some, that dream is becoming a nightmare. On homes all over Philadelphia, improperly installed stucco is cracking, crumbling and molding — causing a major problem for homeowners. The damage from these stucco houses is costing builders an estimated $324.4 million.*

Cracked Stucco

Paying the Price

If stucco cladding is not properly installed, moisture can get in between the walls with no way to escape. When this happens, extensive damage can occur as the stucco homes begin rotting from the inside out.

If you have stucco problems, you may be able to receive compensation for the damage directly from the builder. But how do you know whether your home is affected?

Diagram of moisture's effect on stucco

Lurking Beneath the Surface

Many times, moisture damage is not visible on the outside of your home. In fact, many homeowners may not even know they have a problem until significant damage is already done. In some cases, cracking or water marks may appear beneath your windows. If you notice these signs of damage, schedule an inspection right away. When moisture is discovered beneath the stucco cladding, the stucco must be completely removed. This could cost upwards of $100,000 to fix — which could come right out of your pocket. Learn your options when it comes to solving your stucco house problems.

5 Stucco Issues You Should Know About

What You Need to Know

If you have a stucco house, you may have a problem on your hands and not even know it. If you think you have moisture damage, here’s what you need to know.

  • The Pennsylvania Statute of Repose is 12 years from the completion of construction. This means homeowners have 12 years to make a claim against the builder for damage caused by improper installation.
  • Repairing or replacing stucco with extensive moisture damage can cost anywhere from $30,000 to over $100,000. Repairing the damage may not eliminate the problem beneath your walls. Don’t just settle for spot repairs — choose remediation to get rid of all the damage.
  • If you’re receiving compensation for improperly installed stucco, it doesn’t need to go toward new stucco cladding. Investing in a durable material that’s suited for Philadelphia’s climate is another option — and a great choice.

Replace Stucco with Confidence

If you decide to remediate your stucco, you can replace it with James Hardie® fiber cement siding that’s Engineered for Climate®. That means the siding is designed to stand up to the harsh weather conditions in your region. For example, James Hardie HZ5® lap siding, specifically, helps prevent moisture intrusion with its sloped design that improves drainage. Investing $20 million annually in research and development to deliver the highest-quality fiber cement siding, James Hardie is chosen to protect more homes than any other brand of siding.

And exclusively for Philadelphia, James Hardie is offering a 10-year service pledge that covers labor and materials. If anything goes wrong with your siding or trim, James Hardie will fix it at no cost to you.** That’s in addition to a standard 30-year, non-prorated, limited substrate warranty.

Solve your stucco problems and experience the confidence of James Hardie siding — request a quote today.

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*Han, Nydia. “Construction Crisis Update: Hope for Homeowners.” ABC Action News, WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, PA. 31 August 2017.
**Limitations apply; for terms and conditions, visit HardieForPhilly.com.