Today, most EIFS
systems include a waterproof layer behind the foam insulation, plus gaps, channels or other features that allow any water that gets inside to safely drain away.
Selected from presentations at an October 2014 symposium in New Orleans, 17 peer-reviewed technical papers review developments in exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS
) during the previous two decades.
applications, the ToughTek S340e Stucco Pump handles air/water-resistive barrier materials, EIFS
base coats and finish coats.
"You can take all the EIFS
liability and capture it into a single box of 'residential wood frame construction.'" said Phil Loscoe, a spokesman for Dryvit, the leading manufacturer of synthetic stucco products.
As with all claddings, EIFS
must be correctly installed and properly detailed if they are to perform properly.
As a result, insurance companies have increased their premiums for companies that do this type of work, or, in some cases, have flat out refused coverage on EIFS
, which is used in about 1 percent to 2 percent of the residential market, consists of a layer of Styrofoam attached to exterior plywood, followed by a fiberglass mesh with a base coat and a layer of acrylic 1/32 of an inch thick (real stucco is about 2 inches thick).
IN NORTH CAROLINA, THE EPI-center of the controversy over exterior insulation finish systems (EIFS
), settlement has been reached in a statewide class-action lawsuit between homeowners and manufacturers of the synthetic stucco product.
continues to be sold and installed, but as a system for exterior siding, it is meeting increasing opposition.
With the project carefully overseen by USDOE and ORNL engineers, the Baptist Hill High School facility was constructed utilizing a variety of EIFS
on disparate walls, each of which was clad with a consistent EIFS
finish to ensure that the structure remains aesthetically consistent on the exterior.
Like forecasters tracking a hurricane, builders all over the country are following a swirling controversy in North and South Carolina about moisture-damaged homes with exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS
) - synthetic stucco applied over foam sheathing.