Do You Have a Building With A Stucco Finish? Here’s What to Watch Out For

Do You Have a Building With A Stucco Finish? Here’s What to Watch Out For

Florin Roebig has represented civil claimants for over 30 years and is proud to announce that we are available to assist homeowners, condominium associations, homeowners associations, and commercial property owners regarding issues related to defective stucco installation on the exterior of residential and commercial structures throughout the state of Florida.

What is Stucco?

Stucco is a common exterior surface finish on both residential and commercial structures throughout the State of Florida. The stucco finish acts as part of the exterior barrier of a structure to prevent water from penetrating a structure and damaging the interior of your residential or commercial structure.

Unfortunately, many builders and contractors do not follow the detailed building codes and proscribed standards of care when installing a stucco finish. Stucco is specifically meant to safeguard against rainwater and other moisture intrusion into your residential or commercial structure. If your builder or contractor did not follow the detailed building codes and proscribed standards of care in the installation of the stucco, your residential or commercial structure may be subject to rainwater or other moisture intrusion which can eventually result in significant interior damages to your residential or commercial structure. The damage may include, but is not limited to:

  • Rotting of the wood framing
  • Water soaked insulation
  • Mold growth
  • Structural damage
  • Electrical problems

In some cases the indicators of defective stucco installation are obvious, such as stucco cracking, stucco falling off, stucco pulling away from the structure, stucco discoloration, and rust spots in the stucco finish.

Defective Stucco Damage 1

However, many times you cannot tell whether your stucco was installed improperly without having an expert engineering professional perform an inspection of the stucco. Even if your stucco does not currently appear to be showing damage, if your stucco was installed improperly, it may only be a matter of time before your stucco starts showing symptoms of failure. If your home or commercial structure has a second story where stucco was installed over wood framing as opposed to cement block construction it is even more important to inspect your stucco for any signs of damage of failure. Small cracks in a stucco finish will allow water to penetrate your structure rapidly increasing the rate of damage to your residential or commercial structure leading to additional damages if ignored

Defective Stucco Damage 2

At Florin Roebig, we work closely with expert engineering professionals and qualified building contractors that specialize in evaluating whether the stucco finish of your residential or commercial structure was installed in compliance with the detailed building codes and proscribed standards of care. We can also evaluate any resulting damages from improper or defective stucco installation. We would be pleased to discuss your legal options with you regarding any concerns you may have over the stucco exterior of your residential or commercial structure. We can also arrange to have the stucco on your home or commercial structure evaluated by an expert engineering professional and qualified building contractor.

As with any legal issue, there are strict time constraints that limit the time for asserting a claim against a building or contractor.

If you have suffered damages as a result of defective stucco installation on your residential or commercial structure, call Florin Roebig for a consultation at (727) 786-5000 or fill out our case evaluation form located on the Contact page of our website.

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