Had a 1994 home with horizontal bulging/cracking in the stucco on 3 sides of the home ranging from 4 feet to 6 feet high. The crack looked perfectly horizontal as if it matched the long side of a 4X8 piece of plywood attached horizontally to the wall instead of vertically. I’ve had different responses saying that this looks like a foundation issues or even a moisture issue. I have no idea. I just now realized someone posted this same issue In May 2007 without any luck of causation. Thanks.
Stucco cracking or bulging is never good.
What would cause something to crack?
I would not consider that acceptable. Describe what I see and refer it out.
Is it stucco or horribly installed Hardie textured panels?
There was a weep screed installed at the base of the wall. Stucco.
Wood framing shrinkage pushing down on the sidewall panels?
- Radial Shrinkage
- Tangential Shrinkage
- Longitudinal (very little shrinkage)
Or moisture expanding the sheathing I do not like what I see either way. Cracks are either already there or coming soon to let water in.
Could be thermal expansion from damp product installation.
No a hard fix.
looks like the seams in the sheathing, or foam. Most likely fastner problems and movement.
Improper (or none) installation of stucco underlayment WRB, lath, and probably more.