EIFS Inspection

EIFS Inspection

An Exterior Insulation and Finish System Inspection should be done before you buy a Synthetic Stucco home (Southeast Michigan call 888-407-2609).

Everyone knows to get your home inspected before you buy it, but there are a lot of people that do not know if you plan on buying a house clad with Exterior Insulation and Finish System you should have it also inspected by an EIFS professional to make sure the system is up to par and if it is not you need to know how much it is going to cost to fix it. Essentially, there are 4 things that every buyer should do before purchasing the home.

  1. Have a professional do a visual inspection of the cladding. A simple visual inspection for the well trained eye can find many things on the exterior of a home that are missing or not done right.
  2. The professional should be trained in thermal imaging, so he can perform infrared thermography on the home to find any moisture anomalies.
  3. The professional should have an invasive moisture meter to confirm any moisture anomalies found by the thermal imaging. 
  4. The guy that comes out should be able to put together a quote for the cost of repairs.


EIFS inspector

 As a buyer those are the four things I am looking for when I call someone to come out and look at a house I plan to buy. I have had some people suggest this is a conflict of interest as the guy doing the inspection is also the guy doing the repairs which has some merit, but for me I am an honest guy just giving the buyer what they need.  If you call me to come out to inspect the home you will get a guy that has over 25 years experience in the industry with extensive training in moisture testing and trained in thermal imaging. I have been repairing this product for over 15 years. I know when, why and how this product fails. You would be hard pressed to find someone more qualified to inspect your home. That being said I am not a 3rd party EIFS (aka Dyvit or Synthetic Stucco) inspector because I do the repairs. To properly do repairs you have to be able to test the moisture  behind the system. For that reason I own the moisture meter and thermal imaging camera and use them on a daily basis.  Here is a list of my certifications. It is one thing to read the books and take the classes, but having over two and a half decades of hands on experience is something you just can learn in a book or classroom. Before doing repairs I always like to inspect the house with a visual inspection and then thermal imaging and lastly I confirm any anomalies found with the thermal imaging camera with my invasive moisture meter, which will read the moisture content of the substrate behind the system. By doing this I can get a pretty good idea of how much the repairs are going to cost. That being said I am NOT a 3rd party Exterior Insulation and Finish System inspector I am an EIFS repair guy. I have 26+ years hands on experience. I have training in Infrared Thermography. I have been using a Delmorst Invasive Moisture Meter on Exterior Insulation and Finish System houses and buildings for over 10 years. You will be hard pressed to find a more qualified guy to evaluate your Synthetic Stucco home.

EIFS inspector Corey Turcotte






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EIFS Repair Cost

EIFS Repair Cost

So, how much does a typical EIFS Repair Cost ?


The thing about a Synthetic Stucco repair is that there is no such thing as a typical repair when it comes to Exterior Insulation and Finish System. Each repair is completely different. There are no two the same. It is very hard to estimate how much a repair is going to cost. It is impossible to tell how much damage may be behind the system. If moisture got behind the system and damaged the wood back there. The Synthetic Stucco surface coat hides the damages very well. For that reason we always recommend having some moisture testing done before we give a quote. Otherwise, it is going to be somewhat of an open ended quote.

There are several different types of repairs:

  • missing kick out flashing
  • cracks and flaking
  • failing caulk
  • failures at grade
  • remove and replace
  • minor and major moisture damage including structural damage

Repairs are something you really have to look at to price. You can never tell until you get there and see what everything entails before you can price it. If you would like someone to come out and take a look at your project call Corey Turcotte at 888-407-2609. We service Southeastern Michigan including Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Franklin, Farmington Hills, Troy, Sterling Heights, Shelby Township and surrounding areas. eifs repair cost

eifs repair cost

EIFS Repair Cost

How to repair EIFS

How to Repair EIFS

Best practices on how to repair EIFS

Repairing EIFS for the most part should be left to the professionals, but as it would have it the professionals that are actually willing to do EIFS repairs or know how to repair EIFS are far and few between. For that reason we have designed the original EIFS Repair Kit and supply instructions on how to get your repair done like a pro. The kit How to repair EIFScomes with everything you will need to complete a few small repairs. When working with Synthetic Stucco it is important to have patience. It takes some time to get it just right. I would start with a repair that is not out in plane sight. You may want to start with a patch behind a tree or something. You are not going to do a perfect looking patch the very first time. It may take a time or two to get good at it. The kit comes with all the materials you will need and a few tools. What type of repairs should you try to do yourself? The best idea is to stay to the small repairs anything to big should be felt for a pro. I would think bird holes, minor cracks, minor flaking and minor hail damage are good examples of repairs you might take on yourself. If you are planing on doing a Synthetic Stucco repair yourself the best place to start is by purchasing the kit. I would recommend reading all the instruction before attempting to do the repair. After you have read all the instructions bring the quick reference guide with you when doing the repair. The process is done one step at a time so it is pretty easy to stay focused on what you are doing and not get overwhelmed.


How to repair EIFS

Another EIFS Season Starting Soon

Another EIFS Season Starting Soon

Just around the corner is another EIFS  Season.

We are getting prepared for another EIFS season. We are already starting to book up quick which is a really good thing. Make sure you call to schedule your repairs. This season is sure to be busy. Read more Another EIFS Season Starting Soon

Why most EIFS contractors are doing it wrong

Why are most EIFS contractors are doing it wrong

There is a very simple reason why most EIFS contractors are doing it wrong

The main reason EIFS contractors are not doing EIFS the right way is that it cost a lot more money to do it right. There are a hundred things you could leave off, and not even do on an EIFS job to make your life easier as a contractor. Treating the windows and doors before the foam is stuck is a very time consuming job, not to mention the cost of using all the right material. Read more Why most EIFS contractors are doing it wrong

EIFS Termination At Soffit / Fascia Intersection

EIFS Termination At Soffit / Fascia Intersection

An overview of the EIFS Termination At Soffit / Fascia Intersection

In this post we are going to take a look at the EIFS Termination At Soffit / Fascia Intersection. This is a pretty simple process but in the field we come across a lot of soffit failure because this was done wrong. Read more EIFS Termination At Soffit / Fascia Intersection

EIFS Liquid Moisture Barrier

EIFS Liquid  Moisture Barrier

An in depth look at EIFS Liquid Moisture Barrier

Traditionally, the substrate (OSB) was wrapped with a cloth type building wrap, but after some pretty extensive testing done by The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) it was proven that a EIFS liquid moisture barrier is much more effect in an EIFS application for moisture drainage. Read more EIFS Liquid Moisture Barrier

EIFS Grade Termination Specification

EIFS Grade Termination Specification

An overview of the EIFS Grade Termination Specification

In this post we will be taking a look at the EIFS Grade Termination Specification. Before we get into the grade termination spec it is understood that the substrate already has be treated with an EIFS approved moisture barrier (see the post . for more details on applying the moisture barrier). Read more EIFS Grade Termination Specification

EIFS Window Header Specification

EIFS Window Header Specification

An overview of the EIFS Window Header Specification

In this post we will take a look at the EIFS Window Header Specification. To properly address the window header when using EIFS a weep track needs to be installed at the head of the window. Note: the window rough opening first needs to be treated with the moisture barrier (refer to the post … for further details on applying the liquid moisture barrier to a rough opening). A metal window flashing is installed over the window head. The metal flashing is attached to the substrate and down over the window. The metal flashing should go up the substrate about 4″ and down over the window about a 1/2″. The EIFS approved weep track with drip edge is installed over the metal flashing. The weep track is installed about 3/4″ above the bottom inside corner of the metal flashing. This leaves a nice 3/4″ caulk joint between the metal flashing and the weep track. A rod of closed cell backer rod is placed in the 3/4″ joint between the metal and the track, and a bead of EIFS approved caulk (for more info on approved EIFS sealants, see the post EIFS Caulking and Sealants) is applied over the backer rod. The key with the caulk is not to allow it to cover the holes in the weep track.EIFS Window Header Specifications


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EIFS Window Header Specification