Moisture concerns — Vinyl siding over the top of stucco in Portland, Oregon
I am looking at buying a 1907 duplex in Portland, OR, but have some concerns about the existing wall assembly.
The current owner had vinyl siding installed over the original stucco about 10 or 12 years ago. I'm not wild about stucco to begin with in this climate (Marine), and the fact that the stucco has now been compromised with fasteners for the vinyl siding makes me more concerned. There are no signs of moisture or structural issues that can be seen, but since we do not own the house we can't do the inspections that might really show what's underneath.
We will be doing some work to the house but don't have a big budget, and want to have as good an idea of what we might expect ahead of time. We know that there is no insulation in the walls, and the home is currently heated with oil. Our short term plan is to update the heating systems (probably with high efficiency gas furnaces).
How concerned should we be about the wall assembly? Are there easy, non-intrusive methods that we could inspect the condition of the structure under the stucco?
Posted Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:31
Edited Fri, 12/27/2013 - 05:53
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