A serious construction problem is leaving homes across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York vulnerable to rot and water damage. Stucco-clad homes are being eaten away from the inside out, lowering property values, creating serious health risks for families and leading to hundreds of thousands of dollars in remediation bills.
Stucco Problems, Water Damage
Ruin Homes In Pennsylvania, New Jersey & New York
Entire residential developments are crumbling in the North-East, where the use of stucco has seen a rapid increase over the last decade. After investing millions in new homes, tens of thousands of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York homeowners have learned only too late that their houses were defectively made from the start.
Our experienced attorneys can help.
Like all professionals, home builders should be held to a standard. As we’ve seen in Pennsylvania, New Jersey & New York, contractors and subcontractors are falling well below that standard, leaving families to pick up the pieces on their own. That’s unacceptable, especially when developers and contractors are promising “luxury” homes at a hefty price-tag.
Thousands of homeowners may be able to fight back. Families who purchased defectively-constructed stucco homes are eligible to file lawsuits, pursuing valuable compensation to cover out-of-pocket expenses, lost property value and the other damages that an improperly-built stucco home can cause.
With over 7 decades of combined legal experience, the attorneys at Liss Law Firm, Laffey, Bucci & Kent and Banville Law are dedicated to protecting the rights of homeowners throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Our firms have secured over $100 million in compensation for our clients, working to promote their best interests in and out of the courtroom. Now, it’s your turn. If your stucco-clad home has been damaged by moisture infiltration, or you suspect that water damage may be taking place, contact our lawyers today to begin exploring your legal options.
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Defective Construction: The Root Of Stucco Water Damage
The vast majority of stucco problems come down to “faulty construction,” says independent home inspector Kevin Thompson. Speaking to ABC6, Thompson said that wood rot – disproportionately seen in newer stucco-clad structures – is a billion dollar issue in Pennsylvania.
Stucco itself is surprisingly permeable to water, especially when the plaster has been mixed with a mineral known as lime. While lime makes stucco easier to mold, and thus apply, the calcium-based substance also adds to the porous quality of plaster. That means stucco homes are particularly vulnerable to water infiltration, a problem that contractors must guard against with extreme caution.
Many stucco homes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey & New York, however, aren’t being built properly. Some new construction is marred by multiple serious defects, faults that allow water to be trapped behind the stucco with no chance of drainage.
In most cases, this isn’t a maintenance issue. It’s a problem with construction, hasty sub-par construction that is being foisted off on unsuspecting home buyers as “high-quality work.”
Defective Stucco Homes Leave
The remediation process can be long and difficult, not to mention extremely expensive. Once a stucco home has become subject to water damage – rotting from the inside out – there is little remediation experts can do other than start over. Often, the entire exterior of the home will need to be removed. Windows and doors are ripped out, as are any compromised sections of sheathing, insulation and framing beneath. Many homes need to be torn down to the studs. Then, the entire construction process begins anew, nearly from scratch. Some homeowners have been forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair their stucco homes, structures left in shambles by water infiltration.
Can Be Held Responsible
Developers, contractors and subcontractors have a legal obligation to provide livable homes, structures free of serious defects. When that obligation is violated, homeowners have every right to pursue compensation and accountability in a lawsuit.
Take action now. All too often, homeowners allow water damage to spread unchecked, even as their legal options dwindle. Speak with an experienced attorney now – before your family loses the chance to make a claim.
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