For both new builds and older homes, stucco remains a popular siding choice, owing to its versatility and resilience. But, just like any exterior material, stucco is not totally immune to issues. One of the most common points of concern is noticing cracks forming in stucco. For good reason, this often leads homeowners to wonder: “Can cracks in stucco cause leaks?” Because cracks in stucco can be a sign of water damage, they can very well be associated with leaks. Let’s discuss this problem and how to solve it in further detail.
If you’re seeing cracks in the stucco on your home or business, you may understandably be curious about why this is happening and what you should do about it. At Ai Restoration, we deal with cracking stucco all the time in our siding remediation work. Here’s what to know about it:
- If cracks are concentrated in certain areas, this may indicate underlying water damage. This can point to moisture intrusion stemming from flaws in the stucco system.
- If cracks are more widespread, this might mean that the stucco was installed improperly and/or in adverse weather conditions.
- If cracks appear around dissimilar surfaces like windows, this may be a sign of missing joint work or stop bead.
- Another possible reason for cracking stucco is movement of the structure beyond what the flexibility and strength of normal, untreated stucco allows for.
In any case, it’s important to promptly get to the bottom of why stucco damage is occurring. Since the answer to “can cracks in stucco cause leaks?” is “possibly,” you definitely don’t want to wait around as cracking inevitably gets worse over time, potentially leading to rot and mold/mildew growth from moisture intrusion. It’s also not a good idea to attempt to fix damaged stucco yourself, as this can actually result in further structural damage.
Whether water damage or another culprit is to blame for your stucco problems, the experienced team at Ai Restoration is equipped to handle them. We specialize in fixing stucco issues of all sorts, from improper application to missing or lacking components in the underlying stucco/water management system.
After investigating to determine the root cause of stucco problems at your structure, we’ll propose a comprehensive plan to solve them in full, which may involve remediation or other stucco repair work, depending on the particular issue(s). To schedule a free in-home consultation with our pros, call us at 215-794-6858.