- EIFS FAQs
EIFS, or Exterior Insulated Finishing Systems, are wall systems that combine insulation and exterior cladding. They are often referred to as “synthetic stucco”. The product’s use has grown in popularity due to its physical, visual, and economic qualities. EIFS as a finishing system has the advantage of being both power efficient and pocket friendly to install. Barrier EIFS systems have been shown to have severe moisture intrusion issues, the vast majority of which have been linked to poor installation practices by installers. As a result, you should be concerned about EIFS/Stucco installation in your home. Newman Home Inspections can help you with this. Please contact us to schedule an EIFS/Stucco Inspection in Weaver.
EIFS and traditional stucco home inspections have gained popularity in recent years. This is most likely due to major system failures. The foundation of such a system is the primary cause of system failure. It is frequently installed incorrectly by inadequately trained contractors. Due to this carelessness, moisture finds its way into the wall cavities, causing structural failure and mold growth. If these are not detected in time, they can have a negative impact on your finances. If you are considering purchasing a stucco home, it is highly recommended that a thorough inspection be performed. Newman Home Inspections is fully trained and certified to inspect a stucco home.
Newman Home Inspections conducts Stucco and EIFS inspections in three steps: visual inspection, infrared inspection, and intrusive moisture analysis. We will first visually inspect the EIFS/Stucco for cracks or signs of poor installation. Then, using an infrared camera, we will scan the wall, which will give us an idea of the amount of moisture in the area. Following the completion of the visual and infrared inspections, we will conduct intrusive moisture testing to validate any regions of presumed moisture penetration. Then we present you with a comprehensive report on the subject.
A EIFS/Stucco inspection is recommended before purchasing a property or as a screening when moisture intrusion is speculated. If the water intrusion is suspected, you may notice cracks in the stucco or white streaks on the stucco, as well as water stains, especially rusty-colored water stains. Buckled floors, drywall cracks, swollen baseboards, divided baseboards, chipping paint, or separated crown molding from the walls, roofs, or floors are all signs of interior damage. Inspection is suggested every 18-24 months as part of the EIFS/Stucco system’s regular inspection to help make sure that it is still operating as planned. Contact us at Newman Home Inspections and get your EIFS/Stucco inspected.
We offer Eifs/Stucco services in West-Georgia, Montgomery.
What is an EIFS inspection?
EIFS stands for Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS), also known as EWI (Exterior Wall Insulation Systems) or External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS). An EIF System inspection aims to locate problem areas with excessive moisture in the frame and sheathing. The professional contractors may take a whole day or more to complete the stucco inspection. Experienced, certified EIFS inspectors are at your service to check for signs of wear and tear and conduct moisture warranty and detection tests.
How do you inspect synthetic stucco?
Synthetic stucco, or “exterior insulation and finish system” (EIFS), is a type of exterior wall covering. These days, builders can choose between synthetic stucco, natural stucco, and a combination. Touching the material with your bare hand is the quickest and most reliable technique to spot synthetic stucco (EIFS). The wall will have a plastic-like texture when stucco is applied to it. The gentlest knock on the wall also works. Sounds thin and hollow? That’s what you get when you put EIFS on your house. Real stucco will have the weight and firmness of concrete in both sound and touch.
How often should stucco be inspected?
If you want to ensure your stucco is in good shape, you should check it once every two years. While you may easily do your inspection of this material, it would be in your best interest to have professionals come by and do a stucco inspection for you.