EIFS stands for Exterior Insulation Finish System and is sometimes called Dryvit. It is most common on higher end homes in Camas and Ridgefield Washington. This form of synthetic stucco primarily fails because there is almost always NO moisture barrier protecting your wood sub wall structure when rain gets in. There is never window and door membrane flashing behind the stucco. Although doors are often protected somewhat under overhangs windows usually aren’t, especially on any 2 story home. When rain trickles in it gets trapped behind the foam and the water begins to mold and rot the wood substructure underneath the building envelope. The excessive rain and moisture here in the NW metro area gets trapped behind the foam backing and the wood sheathing it is attached to.
Are you purchasing or selling a home with EIFS synthetic stucco?
I have been a siding contractor and inspector for 3 decades and can honestly and factually say I’ve inspected more EIFS synthetic stucco than anybody in town. Period. Unlike young salesman in this industry I will tell you the truth from all my experience and not sell you what you don’t need. Many young inexperienced millennial salesmen will try to sell you with fear. I won’t. With 30 years of experience inspecting for buyers and sellers, my inspections and reports are highly comprehensive generally taking 4-5 hours in detailed diagnosis and putting together all the analysis in my discovery reports.
Do you work with Realtors?
Yes. A lot of them and know many on a first name basis. I work with selling agents and buying agents. I always prefer my client AND their realtor to be at my inspections. I will give you a crash course on what to look for as my inspections are extremely detailed and I personally love educating people on subjects of my expertise.
If needed, can you provide a detailed bid?
Absolutely, and it will help you more than you can imagine in the selling or purchasing of the property. If the structure and building envelope doesn’t have problems, unlike many young unseasoned commission salesmen, I will be the first to let you know. I won’t take advantage of your situation.