Damage to structural wood will occur without having a properly installed moisture barrier and weep screed. Water naturally seeps through the porous surface of stucco and can cause damage without having an outlet. This process of decay is expedited when cracked stucco is left unmitigated.
Damage to structural wood due to lack of a weep screed to allow water to drain
More structural damage as well as mold growth from stagnant water resting inside the walls of this home
Not only can damage to the structural wood occur from cracked stucco; left long enough the stucco will crumble, leaving an ugly mess and allowing even more water intrusion
Destroyed moisture barrier caused by lack of weep screed as well as cracked stucco, allowing excessive amounts of water to intrude