I recently purchase a house locate in Palm Bay, Florida.
The house is Stucco over wood frame and was built in 1977.
There is an open gap of about one and a half inches around the entire exterior perimeter, with some of the wood frame barely visible in some parts.
Some people say that the gap should be left open to allow the wall to breathe, others say that it was left open because it was "what they knew back then" but is should be closed to avoid moisture damage to the frame (although there's no visible damage to the wood).
Should this gap be left open? or closed?
If closed; should it be done with cement stucco or caulking?
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.