Stucco is a common material used in a wide variety of structures in Texas and throughout the American Southwest, including homes and businesses, since the early 1900s. Because of its cost and looks, stucco began replacing vinyl and brick in many construction projects during the past 20 years. While stucco has many benefits and perks, it also has significant drawbacks, especially when it isn’t installed properly.
Improperly installed stucco can cause many significant issues for homeowners, including allowing moisture to enter porous stucco or gaps between stucco and the structure of their homes. Unfortunately, the issues may not be detected until severe damage has already occurred, damage which may threaten the structural integrity of affected homes, significantly decreasing property values and requiring expensive repairs.
Don’t Delay—Take These Steps Immediately
If you find out or suspect that the stucco used to build your home is defective, it’s important to take the following three steps right away:
1. Document the damage—By the time stucco defects are noticeable, the damage may be extensive and easily documented. Take photos of damage, including damaged personal effects and furniture due to humidity increases, insect and termite infestations, black mold spores, and rotting wood. You should also document any health problems you or your family members may have experienced due to stucco defects, including asthma, insect bites, mold-related illnesses, and more.
2. Talk to an experienced Austin stucco defects lawyer—When it comes to getting compensation for defective stucco and its related damage and harm, you may quickly find that your homeowner’s insurance, the contractor who did the work, and even the contractor’s insurance provider are reluctant to pay you the money you deserve. That’s where we come in. Our legal team knows stucco defect claims, and we know how much money homeowners need when they’re victims of cut-rate construction. When you contact us, we’ll collect evidence that proves the builders were negligent, that the stucco defects have damaged your home and harmed your family, and that you deserve damages for what you’ve gone through.
3. Get the damage repaired—Whether you’re waiting on your claim to settle, or you’re ready to repair the damage right now, it’s important to hire an experienced and qualified contractor to handle any defective stucco issues. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s website contains a searchable database that can help you find the right contractor to get your home back up to code in no time. You can search by license type, city, county, and zip code to find a local contractor that specializes in exactly what you need to get the job done.
In extreme cases, you may even need to move out of your home due to stucco-related damage. Significant black mold growth, insect infestations, and structural damage can make your home an unsafe place to live before repairs are complete. Our lawyers can help you determine the right course of action while your claim is being built and negotiated.
Why Call the Law Office of Joel A. Levine for Your Stucco Defects?
Stucco defects can cost you tens of thousands of dollars to repair. You and your loved ones may even suffer serious health problems that can result in big medical bills. When you incur major expenses and even illnesses that aren’t your fault, you deserve to be compensated—especially when those issues are due to a professional’s negligence.
The sooner you contact our Austin stucco defects lawyers, the better. In addition to shortening the time it will take for your claim to settle, we’ll also have access to more evidence that shows the contractor’s or builder’s negligence. Don’t delay when it comes to getting the money you deserve. Get a free stucco defects case evaluation today, and let us put our experience and dedication to winning on the line for you and your loved ones.