There was a time when stucco was an extremely popular building material and many brand new homes were being built with it. But as time went on it started to fall out of favor and fewer homes used this type of building material. Still, there are some parts of the country where it is still being used by builders and that has led to a range of different problems because stucco isn’t as versatile of a material as many others.
In general, stucco can be a very nice material that is weather resistant and capable of lasting for quite a long time.
When it is not installed properly, however, it can result in a range of different problems for the homeowners who live in these homes. Some have started to wonder if they are able to file lawsuits against the builders of their home for the problems and the costly repairs that they are faced with when the material starts to warp or lets moisture through.
Is A Stucco Lawsuit Viable?
In Pennsylvania, there has already been a lawsuit filed against a new home builder who used stucco on the outer walls of his properties. The fact that stucco was used is not a cause for complaint or alarm, but the fact that it was not properly installed most definitely is. The builder is facing the lawsuit because homeowners are now left with tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to their homes because the stucco, which they were informed was weather resistant, was actually not.
What Are Stucco Related Problems?
There are a number of problems that can occur when stucco is not properly installed and sealed. It is for these reasons that homeowners are looking to receive damages. This particular suit names a specific builder as having installed these homes and the stucco walls on the outside of them, but there have been a large number of builders who used stucco over the last few decades or even longer. This means there are a number of different builders who could potentially be at risk for lawsuits.
To come up with a short answer, a suit most definitely is viable. Furthermore, there is definitely cause for those who have stucco sided homes to consider whether or not there are problems with that material in their particular case. Also, whether the company can and should be held responsible for the problems that are occurring should be taken
into consideration. Problems can include:
- Increased humidity levels
- Termites, ants and other insect infestations
- Mold, mildew and fungus on interior walls
- Cracked drywall or paint
- Rotting trim work
- Decreased structural integrity
Do You Have A Case?
If you think you have cause to file a lawsuit then, by all means, make sure that you pursue it. The problems can only continue to get worse if they are ignored over time and replacing the stucco siding on your home can most definitely be an expensive undertaking. For anyone who has recognized the problems associated with improperly installed stucco, it’s important to take action right away to find out if your problems and your damages could be covered because of a builder’s mistake.
The first thing you should do is contact a lawyer, but after that, there will be a number of additional steps that you’ll need to pay attention to in order to make sure you’re getting what you deserve.
- Contact an attorney
- Get an inspection of the exterior of your home
- Get an itemized quote for repairs and replacements needed as a result of the stucco problems on your home
- Get all the information about the builder of your home who installed the stucco
- Work with your inspector and attorney to determine if the builder may have done an improper or incomplete job when first installing the stucco
- File your lawsuit in the appropriate court
You want to make sure you’re not paying for something that wasn’t your fault, to begin with. The builder who installed stucco on the outside of your home should be responsible for making sure it’s done correctly. If they can’t manage it, then you’re entitled to damages and your attorney will definitely make sure that you get them.