Concrete or hard coat stucco can have similar issues if not properly installed and maintained.
The prevention of water entry is critical for all types of stucco siding. This includes:
- Proper flashing to divert water away from the siding at gutters
- Proper caulk or flashing where the stucco siding meets another material (window trim, door trim, another siding, deck framing, etc.)
- Sealing all penetrations through the stucco (light fixtures, electrical outlets, hose spigots, gutter straps, drain lines, etc.)
We offer stucco a moisture/probe test to determine condition and current moisture levels of the substrate behind the stucco siding. The moisture readings are limited to suspect areas and to minimize damage done by the probe testing. Our inspection is performed to the standards and protocol set by Moisture Warranty Corporation. We recommend that you contact them for a full list of certified stucco contractors and details concerning their services.
Have your own list of questions or concerns about the property you’re considering buying or selling, and Talk to the inspection company in advance. Or the inspector at the inspection. This will ensure that the clients concerns will be addressed and that any special arrangements can be made ahead of time.
Real estate agents should instruct sellers to ensure that all areas of the home are easily accessible to the inspector. For example, if the attic access point is inside a closet, all clothes and belongings should be removed for ease of entry and exit.
If you’re a homebuyer, it’s especially important to be present during the inspection, especially the last hour. By being there with the inspector and paying close attention, you’ll have the opportunity to:
- Have all of your questions and concerns addressed as they arise.
- Understand the condition of each key component throughout the house and property, helping establish a better understanding of the home and the resulting inspection report.
- Truly understand any concerns you may have about the Inspection findings that look worse on paper than they really are. Save time and avoid frustration by learning about the function of your new home. You may find out how the heating system works, how to light pilot lights, how to turn on various appliances and components, and where shut-offs are located. The inspector can also point out maintenance needs and procedures, and explain how and when to check on specific items that need periodic maintenance
Read your home inspection report thoroughly. If you have concerns or need clarification—no matter how minor the issue may seem—never hesitate to reach out to your home inspector to find out more.
All Atlanta Inspectors are always willing to go the extra mile to help put your mind at ease. Whether you choose to hire All Atlanta Inspection Services or not, please be sure to use a qualified, trained professional to conduct your home inspection. A home purchase is the investment of a lifetime, and you deserve to have complete confidence in your financial decision.