Here in the high mountain desert southwest the typical cladding application is stucco or some variation of it. It is a inexpensive and efficient cladding material for this dry sun soaked climate. The material can last a long time if properly applied initially and then cared for afterwards. However, given the tendency for the for the material to expand in the heat and contract when it gets colder the movement can create cracks that can be the beginning of a longer term problem if not caught and cared for accordingly. Typically, during an exterior home inspection the home inspector can clearly identify problem areas that should be addressed as soon as possible. A condition that I see commonly is the parapet neglect on flat roof construction. Open gaps, holes and large cracks in the stucco cladding located on the parapet can allow for water to intrude into the interior framing members and when rain events occur this can lead to further material damage within the framing members. It is highly encourage if this condition exists that it be repaired immediately, by either applying a cementitious colored stucco patch product over the problem areas or by hiring a licensed, professional lathe and stucco contractor. Home Inspector Albuquerque is here to help you be informed and to help you protect your home investment.
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