EIFS Synthetic Stucco Inspection Guidelines
Due to their energy efficiency and adaptability in design, Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) are a popular option for building exteriors. However, to preserve the longevity and efficacy of Exterior Insulation and Finish System, proper inspection and maintenance are essential. In this post, we’ll go through the procedures for performing a synthetic stucco inspection, along with what to check for and how to accurately judge the system’s condition.
Tools & Equipment
Get all the required tools and equipment together before starting the inspection. A ladder, flashlight, moisture meter, a borescope, or other specialized tools may be included in this. Additionally, it’s crucial to abide by all safety precautions, such as donning the required PPE and using the right ladder safety techniques.
Visually evaluating the building’s exterior is the first step in an Exterior Insulation and Finish assessment whenever you are ready. Examine the stucco for any evident evidence of harm or deterioration, such as cracks, holes, or missing pieces. Pay close attention to locations that are frequently vulnerable to damage, such as those near windows, doors, and corners.
The next step is to check for moisture infiltration using a moisture meter. If moisture does manage to get past the moisture barrier used by EIFS systems to keep water from entering the building, it might seriously harm the structure. A problem with the moisture barrier may be present in any regions where the moisture meter reads greater levels of moisture.
It’s also crucial to examine the sealant used in the Exterior Insulation and Finish System. These materials may deteriorate with time, creating holes or gaps in the system. Inspect the surface for any indications of missing or harmed adhesive or sealant.
Examining the insulation is a crucial component of an EIFS inspection. The performance and energy efficiency of the synthetic stucco system might be negatively impacted by insulation problems because it is a crucial component of the system. Keep an eye out for any spots where the insulation seems to be missing. Additionally, make sure the insulation density is enough for the building’s needs and the climate. This is hard to accomplish without doing a core sample.
It’s critical to keep an eye out for any additional problems that might affect how well the EIFS system functions in addition to these particular jobs. This can include signs of pests or other creatures—like birds or insects—that may have harmed the system. In order to prevent water infiltration, it’s also vital to look for any problems with the flashing or other water management systems.
Following the inspection, it’s critical to record your findings and give the building manager or owner a thorough report. Any trouble spots and advice for maintenance or repairs must to be included in the report. It’s a good idea to include images or other visual evidence of any problems you’ve found.
Synthetic stucco systems must be properly inspected and maintained in order to be long-lasting and effective. By adhering to these recommendations, you can spot any difficulties and take care of them before they worsen, assisting in the preservation of the structure and its residents.
Can I inspect the stucco cladding myself?
No, it is not recommended to inspect the synthetic stucco cladding yourself. A typical home inspector does not have enough knowledge about the specialied product to do a proper evaluation so it is likely most home owners do not as well. Plus, it takes specialised equipement to perform the moisture testing part of the inspection.
If I am buying a EIFS stucco home do I need to find a seperate EIFS professional to evaluate the home?
Yes, you should find an EIFS pro to evaluate the cladding.
How do I find someone to come out and evaluate the Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) stucco in the short window of inspections I have when buying a synthetic stucco home?
Here is a Home We Did an Inspection On
It is important to have the synthetic stucco at least 4 inches above the ground. You can see in the image to the right that the stucco is actually below grade. You never want the stucco buried under ground. The manufacturer specification is between four and eight inches above grade.
This house in Rochester Michigan had about 175 linear feet of Exterior Insulation and Finish System stucco buried below grade.
In the image to the right you can see moistyure intrusion that the thermal imaging camera has found. This older Barrier System had several areas that the thermal imaging camera picked up moisture anomalies. The first version of the product was the Barrier System and it did not incorporate a drainage system so any moisture that found it’s way behind the system would be trapped. Over time, the product has fixed this vulnrability.