Originally Posted By: mkober
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Don’t know how many of you see fake-stone veneer in your parts of the country, but an article in the December '04 issue of The Journal of Light Construction (www.jlconline.com) was a real eye-opener for me. The article vividly describes how the stuff can trap moisture in the wall cavity, very much like EIFS, only with a propensity for sheathing/framing to turn into compost far quicker than with stucco. It stresses the importance of weep holes, correct flashing and double thicknesses of building paper. The stone is quite popular around here (especially on higher-end homes), although I’ve yet to have any on a home I’ve inspected. Looking at a few installations in the immediate neighborhood, I haven’t been able to see ANY weep holes of any kind, nor any significant upper kick-out flashing. Do I dare go knock on the front doors and suggest to the owners that their walls are probably rotting??
Michael J. Kober, P.E. and H.I.
"NACHI Member and Proud Of It!"