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I have heard a number of inspectors throw different numbers around so I wanted to get the popular vote.

I recommend that we should be able to see 2" to 4" of the foundation between grading at siding (hardi-plank, brick, stone, etc.)

When it comes to stucco I recommend at least 6" of exposure.

What do you guys recommend?

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6". Some siding manufacturer's might not recommend as much but I stick with 6" because I can't remember every recommendation.

I generally don't bother with mentioning it unless the siding comes nearly into contact with soil at least once along the perimeter of the house.

Marc

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If it's in the dirt, I put it in the report for sure. If it's a couple inches, I don't make much note of it, but if it's an overlay and there's a big overhang with lots of places for mice to get in, I write it down.

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