A very common condition I discover when performing a roof inspection in our desert southwest area on a typical flat roof construction house is parapet cracking, separation and large open gaps in the stucco cladding. Throughout the seasons the parapets are exposed to the sun, the elements and patterns of heat and cold expansion and contraction. These conditions allow for the stucco cladding to crack and become brittle in areas where maybe there is more movement and in areas where the application thickness was not up to par for an adequate cladding covering. Allowing for open gaps and or cracks to remain will eventually deteriorate the stucco cladding further by allowing water to intrude, get back behind the cladding, freeze if it is cold enough to do so and eventually pop off large pieces in a spidering effect. There are steps a homeowner can take to prevent further cracking and seal up open gaps by purchasing a cementitious stucco color matching patch product from your local home improvement store. Matching the texture of the stucco may be more challenging as a lay person if the method of texture is highly texturized or a very smooth application.
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