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Old 1/13/19, 6:00 PM
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Default Moisture intrusion in Florida homes

I am very unimpressed by the florida building industry and its apparent disregard to build watertight homes. I understand that in Florida homes are built to withstand the hurricane force winds, but the wall design of almost every home built in Florida relies on Paint only to keep the water out of the building. Take second storeys in homes which are timber built and are rendered stucco onto mesh. When the stucco cracks, (and it always does) it lets water in to the mesh which then rusts and blows off large amounts of stucco. Its so obvious that this is going to happen and yet the industry is continuing to build with systems that are known to be defective.

If only every consumer realised that their $450,000 home is only protected from the elements by a $4000 paint job that needs doing every 4 years at the most.
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Old 1/13/19, 6:12 PM
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Stucco is not waterproofing. Simple solution id just build of concrete or blocks. The sad part is that the builders blame the stucco guys who HAVE to build by the plans their idiotic architects create.



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Old 1/13/19, 6:21 PM
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Stucco is not waterproofing. Simple solution id just build of concrete or blocks. The sad part is that the builders blame the stucco guys who HAVE to build by the plans their idiotic architects create.
True. But even concrete block when not painted often enough is not water repellent enough in a bad storm. The block gets saturated and fills and then runs out into the home as the bottom of the house on the outside is painted enough to stop the water draining to the outside. When that happens the house gets the ground floor flooded and damage to the interior even though the house is not in a flood zone.

Companies will not address the issue unless they are forced to, and that is the really sad part. A building code that doesn't protect the consumer and as long as the consumer is in the dark, there will be no change
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Old 1/13/19, 7:51 PM
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True. But even concrete block when not painted often enough is not water repellent enough in a bad storm. The block gets saturated and fills and then runs out into the home as the bottom of the house on the outside is painted enough to stop the water draining to the outside. When that happens the house gets the ground floor flooded and damage to the interior even though the house is not in a flood zone.

Companies will not address the issue unless they are forced to, and that is the really sad part. A building code that doesn't protect the consumer and as long as the consumer is in the dark, there will be no change
The FBC requires that homes are protected from water infiltration. It's usually workmanship errors or subpar building materials that cause most of the problems. Stucco contractors are slowly learning their errors, and many builders are turning toward cement fiber siding instead of stucco. There are many yahoos down here that really don't care much what happens after they leave the job site.



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