What to do if your house has stucco that needs to be replaced.

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Stucco siding is an exterior wall finish made of cement, sand, and water. Like any type of exterior material, stucco will deteriorate over time when exposed to the elements. You should watch for signs that your stucco needs to be replaced. When looking at your stucco’s condition, consider these five signs:

Summit Roofing is a Bucks & Montgomery county roofing and siding company that works with homeowners who are dealing with failing stucco siding.

If you’re looking for a professional stucco repair company in Bucks or Montgomery County, PA, Summit Roofing is the place to call. We have been in business for over 30 years and are family owned, operated and managed. Our entire staff has been trained specifically on how to handle stucco siding replacement as well as other types of roofing, siding and gutter work.

When choosing your next roofer ask them about their training. If they say that they don’t need any additional training then that should be a red flag!

Stucco is an exterior wall finishes made of cement, sand, and water. Like any type of exterior material, when it is exposed to the elements over long periods of time, it will deteriorate.

There’s a lot they don’t tell you about moisture damage when you buy a stucco home. Stucco is an exterior wall finishes made of cement, sand and water. Similar to any type of exterior material, when it is exposed to the elements over long periods of time, it will deteriorate.

Stucco can crack or flake off due to:

  • The use of improper mortar that isn’t right for your home’s climate (too much water will cause stucco to deteriorate faster)
  • Deterioration from aging materials like wood siding and roof shingles (these are not meant for exterior protection so they will eventually rot away)

Here are some signs that your stucco is deteriorating.

  • Look for cracks in the surface of your stucco.
  • Inspect the sheathing to see if it has come loose or broken off.
  • Check to see if any metal flashing has become rusted and needs replacing, as this can lead to water damage inside the walls of your house.

Cracks and holes in the stucco surface.

If you see cracks or holes in the stucco surface, it’s a sign that water has been leaking through and causing damage. Water that gets under the stucco can cause mold to grow, which can make your home smell bad. You should call a contractor right away if you notice any of these problems with your house’s exterior.

Missing or broken pieces of sheathing on the house.

  • Missing or broken pieces of sheathing are the most common sign that a stucco failure has occurred. Sheathing is the wood or plywood that covers the stucco and provides structural support to your home’s walls. If this wood is damaged, it can cause water infiltration into your home. Water is one of the main causes for damage to stucco, so it’s important to repair or replace any sheathing as soon as possible!
  • If you notice any cracks in your sheathing, it may also be time for an inspection by a professional roofer who can assess whether there are any other problems with your roof (like leaks) before they become too big to fix yourself

Metal flashing has come loose and rusting.

Metal flashing is a metal strip that attached to the top of walls, rafters and roofs to prevent water from getting into the wall. Metal flashing can get loose and rusting due to exposure to the elements, like rain and wind. If you see any signs of metal flashing that needs repair or replacement, contact a qualified contractor for an estimate on what it will cost.

Cracks in the walls inside the house, particularly around corners and windows.

The walls of your house are a smart indicator of the health and condition of your home. If you find cracks in the walls inside your house, particularly around corners and windows, it could be a sign of water damage or structural problems. Cracks in the walls can also be caused by basement flooding, foundation problems or other issues that need to be addressed before they worsen.

If you have stucco on your house, watch for signs that it is breaking down and contact a qualified local contractor to fix it as soon as possible.

Stucco is a cement-based exterior wall finish used on the exterior of homes. It is typically applied to the outside of a home, but it can also be used as a foundation under brick or stone exteriors. The stucco is typically reinforced with wire mesh and then finished off with a smooth texture. The result is an attractive hard shell that protects your home from the elements while still allowing light to reach inside. Stucco can be damaged by water and sun exposure over time, however, which will cause cracking or crumbling as well as discoloration in some cases. If you have stucco on your house and you notice signs that it needs repair or replacement, contact a qualified local contractor right away so they can assess what needs done next!


If your stucco is looking worn and faded, it’s time for a new finish! We recommend using Summit Roofing to help you get the job done. We have been in the Bucks County area for over 30 years, providing exceptional customer service and quality workmanship on all your roofing needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist with stucco remediation services in our service area of Montgomery County PA (Montco), Philadelphia PA (Phila), Delaware County PA (Dela Co), Chester County PA (Chester Co) or Bucks County PA (Bucks Co.)