Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) Inspection

EIFS or synthetic stucco is a waterproof material, has insulations and weather protection. This makes it a very attractive material for home buyers. However, there are many issues with synthetic stucco.

-Thin and Brittle
-Prone to surface cracks
-Once Water/Moisture is trapped inside, it cannot escape

The last issue is a major reason why EIFS can cause extensive damage to a home. Without the proper tools, you would not be able to detect moisture within your walls. This leads to wood rot, moisture damage, and mold growth

Exterior of single-family home with stucco
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EIFS synthetic stucco infographic

Should You Get An EIFS Inspection?

An EIFS inspection is intended to identify areas of high moisture content in the sheathing and framing. We will look for damages and test for levels of moisture in a home. We are unable to perform this inspection when the weather is raining since it is being tested for moisture. Getting a EIFS inspection will ensure you are able to identify moisture intrusion.

Why get a EIFS inspection?

You should get a EIFS inspection because:

  1. To Check for Moisture Levels & Intrusion
  2. To Check for Improper Installation and Sealing
  3. To Avoid Time Consuming & Costly Repairs
  4. Identify Areas of Improvements

Check for moisture levels & intrusion

Checking for moisture levels and intrusion will allow to take corrective actions before the damage becomes more extensive

Check for improper installation and sealing

Improper installation and sealing can lead to water being trapped within your property causing mold and wood rot.

Avoid time consuming & costly repairs

Knowing what issues your synthetic stucco property has will allow you to take action sooner. Avoid very costly repairs to your property.

Identify areas of improvements

The EIFS inspection will help identify areas of improvements for your property.

5 Tips For A Successful EIFS Inspection

Below are the top 5 tips for a successful EIFS Inspection at your home  or business property:

1. Inspect your EIFS on a regular basis – EIFS can deteriorate quickly, so it’s important to inspect them regularly to ensure they’re in good condition. A good rule of thumb is to inspect your EIFS every 3-6 months, depending on the type of EIFS and its condition.

2. Know what an EIFS inspection is – an EIFS inspection is a form of home or business property inspections that checks for possible problems with the walls, roofing or insulation system. If there are any potential issues with your EIFS, they’ll need to be fixed as soon as possible to prevent further damage and potential health hazards.

3. Get an estimate for an EIFS inspection – while not required, getting an estimate from a qualified inspector will help you better understand the cost and scope of the work involved in conducting an EIFS inspection. And if there are any specific areas you want inspected, be sure to mention this during your consultation so that the inspector can provide a comprehensive report based on their findings. Consider having a Certified EIFS Inspector (CEI) Conduct your EIFS Inspection. You can search for Certified EIFS Inspectors at AWCI DirectoryWe are proud to be Certified by the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI) for performing EIFS Inspections here at NextDay Inspect!

4. Be prepared to pay for an EIFS inspection – while not always the case, most contractors will require payment in advance for an EIFS Inspection. This way, you can ensure that all necessary work is carried out and that any potential damages are fully accounted for before receiving your final bill.

5. Speak with a contractor about your specific needs – no two EIFS inspections are exactly alike, so it’s important to speak with a qualified contractor about your specific needs and expectations before enlisting their services. They may be able to recommend some additional experts who can assist with the inspection process or provide you with helpful tips along the way.

Take a Look at a Sample Report

Get an idea of the format and items that would be listed under an EIFS Inspection.