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chadurban 04-30-2009 11:29 AM

Cracks in stucco scratch coat - is this normal?
Hey all, new here! We are looking at a house to purchase that was built in 2006, and it has the scratch coat for the stucco applied, but not the final coats yet. The house has been with the scratch coat for a few years now, and upon inspection, I noticed tiny hairline cracks in the scratch coat at various places.

I was told that this is because of a poor job applying it and in a few spots if you press on it, it will flex very slightly. There are no large cracks or any spots with missing mortar or anything. I was also told that these cracks could also be from the coat drying to fast (hot weather, not being kept wet enough).

Just wondering if this will be an issue when getting someone to apply the final coats to the house? Will these areas have to be repaired or is some hairline cracking like this normal?

Anyone's help or opinion would be greatly appreciated.

chadurban 05-25-2009 11:13 AM


Willie T 05-25-2009 01:41 PM

If parts of it are flexing, I think you know you've already answered your own question. It has to be solid.

Ron6519 05-25-2009 02:13 PM

What method of application was done? Traditional or over that foam board?

chadurban 05-25-2009 03:45 PM

Not sure if its traditional or over foam board, is there a way to tell? Don't know to much about stucco, though it is for sure over wire mesh.

There is the very odd spot that if you push on it with your finger, it will flex very slightly. Is this a case where these certain spots will need to be repaired or would the entire job need to be redone?

the carpenter 05-25-2009 10:55 PM

I've never seen a scratch coat that doesn't have hairline cracks in it.

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