EIFS or Synthetic Stucco Inspection and Repair | Best Pick Reports
Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) use synthetic
materials to cover exterior home walls. EIFS is common in the Atlanta
area, and was popular with builders because it looks like real stucco,
is easier to install than real stucco, and has better insulation
characteristics. However, EIFS can absorb and hold moisture much more
readily than can traditional hard coat stucco.
Since EIFS blocks the flow of moisture, water can get into the EIFS
and the wall. Once water is in the wall, it leaves very slowly. This
water can rot structural wood, which causes permanent damage to the
structural integrity of the house.
Water inside a wall encourages termite problems in three primary ways:
Since Atlanta termites need water to survive and prefer rotting
wood, a home with damp, rotting wood is much more likely to be infested
than a home with dry wood.
Water trapped inside the wall may eventually flow all the way to the
ground and diminish or eliminate the chemical barrier put in place to
keep termites out.
Because EIFS is often installed all the way to the ground, it
provides a pathway for termites to tunnel into the home and prevents
visual detection of an active infestation.
Industry experts recommend that all Atlanta EIFS homes be inspected
for moisture in the walls. If water is found in the wall before it
creates a termite problem, repairs are relatively inexpensive. If a
problem exists and is not addressed, repairs can be much more costly.
Once water is detected, the source of the water must be identified and
Atlanta building codes changed in 1997 to protect homes. Some
Atlanta termite companies will not put an EIFS-clad home under contract
unless the home has a six-inch gap between the EIFS or other foam
insulation board and the ground. Also, some Atlanta termite companies
may charge a premium for EIFS-clad homes to cover their increased costs
Choose a Best Pick™ Atlanta exterminator for a termite company you can trust.