On the most waether exposed side of a 40 yr old stucco house (garage
actually) I have gotten some cracking and with wind driven rain the water
is penetrating. I want to redo the entire house with either texcote or
vinyl siding. I have got a few siding estimates and so far one texcote
estimate, the texcote contractor, who also does vinyl siding, says that he
won't do siding jobs on houses my age because most were built with the
stucco going below ground level. He says that covering with siding siding
could lead to problems later on. Of course none of the siding only guys
mentioned this. So is this true? I'm in northern Calif, with HOT summers,
mild winters, and 95% of the annual rainfall during the winter months, and
far enough away from major faultines so the quake shakes are very mild.
Which way to go?
I'd listen to the guy who does both.....he wants your work but he
doesn't want to give you a problem installation
with the stucco going below grade is a possible wicking surface that
can bring mositure up into the wall....currectly it can escpae thru the
stucco...cover it with vinyl siding & you help trap the moisture & you
could be aslking for rot problems
I'm not a fan vinyl siding you could demo the stucco back to framing,
put in a proper moisture barrier (building paper / tyvek) then
re-stucco or go with T-111 wood sliding
where in No Cal? Bay area or Sacto?
I live in SoCal (OC) & bad construction practice can still cause rot
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