Bad Stucco

2000 model home. No obvious moisture damage observed. The stucco in the window wells has buckled and now moisture can enter. This has occurred at several windows. Anyone have an idea why? Mr Meeker?


Is it stick frame there and what is the corner bead made out of?

Any more picts? the more the merrier. I hope it is not one of mine :slight_smile: Who is the Builder?

I see it is plastic. Was there wire lath between the bead and frame? Any other window areas like it or other houses like it?

looks like there could have been a place for water to get in on the left side? a little hole?

Top of bead may not have been fastened on the left side?

Can’t really see down in the gap to well but can see the plastic lath. Half Million dollar home in a high end golf community. Pretty sure Rutenburg is the builder.








The crack on the right is no big deal. if it is the only window I would bet the top of the bead was not fastened. Just a guess though. I do not think I have ever worked for them :slight_smile:

The support columns in the front are doing the same thing. Box at the top. We have discussed that in the past I know, this one not as bad though. Very nice home I did recommend they consult with a Stucco Contractor for repairs and that it was most likely not installed correctly. Given the price of the home and location what’s a few bucks to fix it right?

Thanks Mike.

Ask the question here;

Ask for Carl Brown.

Thanks, Good info!

No problem. Take care.

Where is the pre-cast sill? Is that wood frame or block? Bad, and Really Bad if it’s frame.


Masonry structure. No precast sills , not sure what they did exactly. I did notice the neighbors house had a vertical crack from roof line to foundation I could stick a pencil in.

Good that it is block…just a bad job of screeding in a makeshift sill that wasn’t sealed good.

industry standard best practice
it appears wall was terminated at the sill, your “window well” with a stucco stop casing bead
stucco should never be installed horizontal a 1:12 27° slope is required by most manufactures
all corners should have an integrated corner bead component that spans both surfaces
framing should have been offset from the window frame perimeter to allow for casing bead, backer rod & tooled elastomeric sealant joint
as seen the best that can be accomplished now will be tooled fillet sealant joint after horizontal repairs have been completed

this is kinda relevant but asks more than it answers

That’s not exactly clear about what is present. You sure about the wall details?

The photo’s you posted show signs of movement. I bet that there’s more to the issue than meets the eye.


It is cbs, you can tell by the inset distance of the window. The windows on a frame house are “usually” flush or stick out from the walls.

It looks like typical settlement, the spider cracks at the corners, and also improper installation of the exterior sill.
Not very hard to fix. I would chip out the old stucco, add a bonding agent, then add a couple of coats and pitch the sill properly so no water collects there.

For whatever reason, the newer houses seem to have almost flat pitches at the lower sill. Back in the day, we never did that. All of the windows had a “picture frame” finish.

I have personally seen builders try to replicate the look so the top matches the bottom. I have also gone behind inspected homes the client thought was block all the way due to what they were told by realtors and those who inspected the homes based on that assumption.

They were quite shocked in the days that wall construction mattered on wind mits when I informed them more than 1/2 their homes were stick :frowning:

I agree, I have seen many additions built with 2x8 frame walls just to mimic the rest of the block home with a window inset. That is the reason I asked because of the lack of precast sill and using corner bead…very unusual.

Oh no you didn’t…

You just agreed with me :slight_smile: