What is EIFS? Unlike traditional stucco that utilizes natural ingredients and mesh, External Insulation and Finishing Systems (EIFS) stucco uses layers that add in synthetic materials. The first layer is comprised of a polystyrene foam board. Then, that is followed by a fiberglass mesh and a finishing coat.
When did builders stop using EIFS?
It was popular in Europe, too, for the same reasons. The EIFS system was favored for both residential and commercial applications through the 1980s and early 1990s when things suddenly changed.
What are the disadvantages of EIFS?
- Improper attachment to the building frame.
- Lack of or inadequate moisture barriers behind the paneling.
- Inadequate or missing drainage/ventilation channels.
- Lack of proper weep screed and drainage outlets.
What are the 2 types of EIFS systems?
EIFS is available in two basic types: a barrier wall system or a wall drainage system.
Is EIFS water proof?
An Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS), also known as EWI (Exterior Wall Insulation Systems) or External Thermal Insulation Composite Systems (ETICS) is a type of cladding system that provides exterior walls with an insulated finished surface and waterproofing in an integrated composite material system.
Is EIFS better than stucco?
Structures with EIFS lasts longer than stucco since it has insulation boards that are commonly made from polystyrene foam. Walls with EIFS are known to last for more than 50 years with proper maintenance. EIFS is better than stucco in many ways, but its installation and repair are quite expensive.