I have contracted an addition to my home and the general just gave me
his proposed punch list. He has the installation of lath/stucco prior
to installing roof tiles. From what I have seen around here (southern
Cal) roof tile (concrete tile) is installed before stucco to properly
load the frame...hence prevent cracks. Does it matter?
I've always heard that the traditional cement-based stucco should go on
after for the reason you mention, but I really am not convinced it
would make a big difference. It's probably one of those belt and
suspenders thing - you want to reduce any chance of cracking and
removing possible causes, even if they have remote chances of causing
cracking, is a good objective.
If you visit the Stucco org web site and check out their viewpoint on
cracking you might be surprised. Their guideline is that a crack
visible from 10' away is the acceptable cutoff. This in new
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