Have a townhouse built in the late 70's in Texas. Some of the walls
have stucco on the exterior. Questions:
a) how can I tell if it is real or synthetic (EIF?) stucco?
b) what is the proper way to install stucco?
I ask these questions b/c I have a reoccuring leak that has had just
about everything done to the wall, but moisture appears to keep coming
in. The only place I see this is one wall in the attic.
The stucco appears to be applied over a chicken wire mesh and then has
what appears to be sheetrock behind that. If I'm reading the info in
the NG correct, stucco on chicken wire is "real" stucco? However, I
thought there would then be some sort of moisture barrier. ??
From what I've read, stucco breathes a good deal so the moisture that
I can see where there is just stucco and chicken wire I'm thinking is
normal. It's not like a running leak, I can just see condensation if
it rains a while. However, if I can see that moisture, would that mean
there is moisture getting up on the sheetrock looking stuff? Is that
Thanks for your help!