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by • July 1, 2010 • Housewrap & WaterproofingComments (1)2878

Tar Paper is not a Durable Product

  My company is doing a remodeling project on a pretty young (11 year old) home in the Westlake area of Austin, TX.  This house was built by a design-build firm locally and my clients are dramatically changing the looks of the house.  I like to call this my “De-Tuscan” job.  It’s moving from a Tuscan style to a more modern aesthetic.  The good folks at FAB Architecture (not the original Architects BTW)have a killer design that re-uses the footprint of the house but makes major interior changes.  Anyhow, most of my remodeling jobs have been 20-30 year old Austin houses that were in rough shape.  I didn’t exactly know what to expect behind the walls but I figured the house would be pretty sound.  Well, that assumption was generally correct but I did find some failures.  In this video I’ll show you the partially demolished front entry area where the 11 year old wall waterproofing is in terrible shape.  I really think this house was saved by having gutters on it since it was built.  Had the gutters not been installed the walls would really have seen some mold/decay.  Anyhow, here’s a shot of the house pre-demo:

And here’s the video of what’s behind that rock wainscot and stucco entry:

-Matt Risinger

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  • That’s amazing amount of rot for such a new home. Are the home owners planning on keeping the stone look around the bottom? If so I’m curious as to how you plan to waterproof to ensure it doesn’t happen again (tyvek, weep system, etc).