When building, renovating, or remodeling a home, it’s essential to know local building codes. The old adage, “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission” doesn’t apply here. If your home isn’t up to code, that will cost you even more in repairs and remodeling. The same applies for above grade stucco clearance. In this blog, we’ll cover when it means to have above grade stucco clearance, potential problems with above grade clearance, and what you can do about it.
Above Grade Stucco Clearance Definition
First, like we mentioned in a previous blog, if your home rests on concrete, it should have at least 2 inches of space between the bottom of the stucco and the foundation. Yet, if your home’s foundation meets raw earth, you need a minimum of 4 inches of space. “Below grade” means the stucco sits below those 2 inches or 4 inches. Therefore, “above grade” means that it’s too far above that mark.
Problems with Above Grade Stucco Clearance
Second, now that we know the definition, why is this important? What difference does it make? As always, moisture is stucco’s worst enemy. With below grade clearance, moisture cannot properly drain. Thus, with above grade clearance, parts of your home are more exposed to water damage. You can also expect:
- Cracks and crumbling to the stucco’s exterior.
- Mold and mildew from the stucco’s surface down to the foundation of your home.
- Decaying and rotting foundation in your home that can cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair.
Any additional costs you might incur to make sure you get the stucco measurements right pales in comparison to what you’ll pay if your foundation decays.
Ai Restoration for All Your Stucco Installation and Repair Needs
Finally, who can you contact to make sure you don’t have above grade stucco clearance? Reach out to Ai Restoration! Our team of professionals will make sure your stucco gets installed right the first time. Furthermore, we also do repairs and remediation. We’ll make sure your home stays beautiful and protected.