Warranty: Stucco Cracks & Water Intrusion
Viera Builders Homes are constructed to be beautiful, comfortable and functional dwellings. It is very important that each homeowner take pride in their home and give it the TLC it deserves.
Maintenance and adhering to warranty requirements are not always the most exciting parts of owning a home, but they are what keep the home looking and feeling just as new as the day you moved in.
Maintenance of the exterior is as important as taking care of the home’s interior space. Cracks in the stucco can take away from the overall appeal. Cracks generate water intrusion and thus have the potential to affect both indoor and outdoor areas.
Cracks must be sealed. If this is not done, the homeowner may end up with water intrusion.
Why Cracks Occur
Cracks can develop in patios, driveways, porches, walkways, and garage floors or foundations.
- This often happens with temperature changes. Changes in temperature cause concrete to expand and contract.
- Cracks may also occur because of the expanding and contracting of the soil on which the concrete rests.
- Moving vans or heavy trucks may also crack driveways. There is no known way of completely eliminating these conditions because these conditions are characteristics inherent to concrete.
Consequences of cracks left unsealed.
Cracks left unsealed will allow moisture to seep into your home. Moisture penetrations can include:
- Plumbing lines
- Doors and windows
- TV lines
- Security systems
- Gas lines
- Telephone lines
Areas of stucco that sustain damage must be properly repaired to prevent water intrusion. These spaces must be repaired with a sealant as recommended by the stucco system manufacturer. If you are unable to do it yourself, call a professional.
Annual and semiannual maintenance is absolutely worth it and should include both indoor and outdoor projects.
Here is a general checklist that the Customer Service Department at Viera Builders recommends. These tasks should be performed twice a year in order to maintain the value of your home.
- Make sure there are no cracks in the caulking around the windows.
- Check around bathtubs and shower walls for cracks.
- Check weather stripping around doors and sliding glass doors and adjust accordingly
- Address any cracks that develop in the block walls of the garage.
- How is the drainage? Clean out your gutters to ensure that drainage is functioning appropriately.
- Standing water should not remain in your yard more than 48 hours after a rain.
- Check the roof for damaged shingles.
- Are any of your tree branches touching the walls of your home? If so, trim accordingly.
- Clean and repair deck and patio. A semiannual pressure wash is sometimes necessary.
- Garages often get filled with unnecessary items and a semiannual clean can keep your garage organized.
- Check driveway and/or pavement for cracks.
- Check caulking around windows. If the caulking is in need of repair, all of the old caulking must be removed in order to properly caulk the window.
With the change of the weather, stucco cracks are common. They can cause thousands of dollars of damage in damage in a very short time and must be properly addressed right away.
Here is a simple process for addressing stucco cracks:
- Brush away any loose stucco or chipping paint.
- Use a quality concrete and Masonry sealant such as Sherwin-Williams WL70010GT and force and it into the crack.
- Use your finger or a spatula to remove any excess caulking and allow the sealant to fully dry.
- Touch up with paint.