What Is an EIFS Stucco System?

EIFS stucco, also known as Exterior Insulation and Finish System, is a type of synthetic stucco manufactured from acrylic and applied in multiple layers to insulation board, plywood, or exterior siding. Similar to other synthetic products, EIFS is largely indiscernible from traditional stucco, but it offers a number of benefits that make it worth the cost.

Is EIFS Better Than Stucco?

Designed to mimic the look and feel of traditional stucco wall cladding, EIFS uses a multi-layer system of differentiated products that enhance the value of the stucco being applied. Typically, EIFS stucco will include extra layers of protectant such as an adhesive basecoat, foam, fiberglass mesh coat, primer coat, and a water/air barrier.

Benefits of EIFS stucco include that it is fire-resistant and visually appealing. Additionally, it is slightly more energy efficient than traditional stucco and is more flexible and softer, making it easier to apply it in certain exterior areas of your home or building. EIFS has gained popularity because the flexible design makes it less prone to cracking and crumbling that can occur because of a shifting foundation or natural disaster. Furthermore, the extra layers of protection added to EIFS can make it more resistant to harsh elements and better protect your home. 

How Long Does EIFS Last?

Assuming that routine maintenance is performed, EIFS stucco is designed to last for the lifetime of the building. With that said, EIFS stucco generally has a lifespan of up to 60 years — similar to a masonry wall. Given that EIFS is made with a 100% acrylic binder, it is less likely to fade, chalk, and yellow like traditional stucco. Periodic maintenance for EIFS includes checking the seal to ensure that it is watertight to the building, replacing damaged flashing, and checking for cracks in the material. EIFS can be painted, so if you notice discoloration or peeling of any material, that is typically an easy fix.

Choosing between traditional stucco and EIFS can be a bit tasking, but talking with an expert can help you make the best and most informed decision. To learn more about your options, contact Knauss Property Services, LLC in Indianapolis, IN. A trusted Indianapolis company, Knauss Property Services, LLC is committed to creating value-engineered, budget-conscious, and customer-focused solutions. To learn more, contact our friendly, knowledgeable, and professional team for a free estimate and consultation and discover the benefits EIFS stucco offers.