I get this question a lot and I believe most people are not sure. If you have stucco on your home and you are trying to figure out what exactly it is, well you came to the right place. I will do my best in this article to explain the different types of stucco you may have on your home.
There are 4 basic types of stucco.
Synthetic Stucco – Also known as Dryvit ™ or EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System). If you knock on this system it will sound hollow. The cement coat is only about an eight of an inch thick and the styrofoam is typically an inch and a half thick.
Traditional Stucco – If you knock on this system it will feel just like concrete. It will hurt your hand.
One Coat Stucco – Probably the hardest one to figure out as it is still pretty thick cement but you should be able to hear a slight hollow because of the foam, but will still hurt your hand when knocking on it.
Stucco Board – Probably the easiest to identify. This is a pre-manufactured board you buy at the store. There are trim boards around the four foot by eight foot pre-manufactured boards. Typically, four foot by eight foot and five sixteenths of an inch thick.
Exterior Insulation and Finish System consists of:
A moisture barrier (both cloth and liquid moisture barriers are available)
Top coat with aggregate (aggregate size determines the texture)
Traditional Stucco is
A moisture barrier (typically roofing felt)
One Coat Stucco is
A moisture barrier (typically roofing felt)
Stucco Board is
Four by eight pre-manufactured board (boards are installed directly to studs. There is no OSB installed typically)
Trim boards (the panel board seams are covered with the trim boards)
Now you should have enough knowledge to figure out what kind of stucco your house is clad with. Some types of stucco are much easier to determine, but for the most part it should not be to tell after reading all the information in this article. The one coat stucco is the hard one and it even makes determining the others harder. The EIFS is simple because it sounds hollow. The traditional is easy because it is hard like a rock. Stucco board is easy because it is four by eight panels trimmed out with wood boards, The one coat is in between hollow sounding and hard as a rock.
The new EIFS Repair Kit Pro is available for purchase
The EIFS Repair kit Pro is similar to the original Kit except it does not come with all the tools to complete the job just the materials (complete list of whats in the Pro Kits). There are three versions of the Pro EIFS Kit. There is Fine, Medium and Coarse kits. The only difference between the three pro kits are the types of finish coat included in the kits. Before ordering the pro kit you will have to determine what type of finish texture you have on your wall.
The EIFS Repair Kit Pro Comes with Finish, Cement Mix, Fiberglass Mesh, and a float.
With the pro kit there is 3 times the material of the original kit. This kit will cover 15 square feet compared to the 5 square feet of the original EIFS Repair Kit.
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Note: The DIY kit works with all brands of Exterior Insulation and Finish System aka Synthetic Stucco or Dryvit including Dryvit, Senergy, STO, Master Wall, Parex etc.
The kit was designed for home owners with small holes in the system that they needed fixed, but could not find an applicator in the area that they lived to come out and fix it. It is pretty hard to find someone that will come out and fix 3 woodpecker holes. There is just not enough money in it for them to waste that much time.Now, home owners with Synthetic Stucco clad homes can fix these small repairs themselves with a little time and work. We started getting owners that had more than just a few woodpecker holes and a few businesses with them same type of problem but needed just a little more material to fix there problems. So, we created the pro kits. With these kits you have to pick the texture and we send out just that texture. It works out to about 3 times the material in the pro kit because you have just what you need and nothing else. Before ordering your pro kit make sure you take a good look at the texture chart and determine what texture you need. The pro kit still comes with all the same directions as the regular kit. The only things you do not get are the things you can pick up at your local hardware store like tape, gloves, cover up, etc.
As it happens the next generation of EIFS has learned a lot from the last generation
From 1969 to about the year 2000 was the first generation of the product where the Synthetic Stucco foam was installed directly to the substrate of a house. Where the system’s exterior itself was the weather barrier. Before the year 2000 building codes did not require a secondary moisture barrier. The IRC (International Residential Code) in 2000 required this secondary moisture barrier on all sidings used over wood framed construction. The problem with the system itself being the water barrier is that when any moisture infiltrated the system there was nowhere for it to escape. A properly installed first generation system application that has been maintained has a very good chance of not having any problems. The product can be installed right, and the caulk and sealants maintained over the years, and still a window or roof leak can cause major damage over time on a first generation Synthetic Stucco home. However, you can still have a first generation home inspected, and after passing the inspection get a warranty on the home through The Moisture Warranty Corporation.
The Next Generation of EIFS has grown and learned from the past along with the entire building industry. The unprecedented testing done has helped many industries, and has had an impact on the building codes. With the addition of a Air/Water barrier to the Exterior Insulation and Finish System process has made significant improvements to the overall performance of the product, and is now mandatory on all wood framed construction whether you are using Exterior Insulation and Finish System or not. The next generation of EIFS has been proven to drain water effectively. This overcomes the major issue with first generation system.
The Next Generation of EIFS is a superior material, and out preformed all other exterior wall claddings (including brick, stucco, concrete block, and cementitous fiber board siding) in the Hygrothermal Performance testing by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which was funded by The US Department of Energy and EIMA. A study by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that over a 50 year life cycle of a building, the carbon footprint of Exterior Insulation and Finish System is 1770 compared to brick at 8303. We are talking some huge numbers here, as Dryvit, one of the leading manufacturers, boast ‘over 2 billion square feet of Synthetic Stucco applied’ you can begin to imagine what a positive impact having such a smaller carbon footprint has had on the environment.
Benefits of The Next Generation of EIFS – Superior Cladding
Thermal bridging virtually eliminated
Improved IAQ (Indoor Air Quality)
Improved overall energy performance of a building
Helps keep structural members at a consistent temperature, which extends life expectancy
The constant temperature helps structure member movement and stress from temperature swings that lead to cracking in concrete and stucco walls.
Dewpoint is eliminated
Vapor diffusion from condensation is minimized
Deterioration of batt insulation from condensation is minimized
Mold growth due to condensation is virtually eliminated
Rusting of metal fasteners and framing from condensation is minimized
It has low levels of volatile organic compounds as know as VOC’s
It’s carbon footprint is 5 times smaller than brick
It saves money in construction costs
It’s is more energy efficient
ASHRAE (American Association of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers) Standard provides minimum requirements for energy efficient design of buildings – the product meets these requirements
According to ASHRAE 90.1 2001 – 2 inches of E.I.F.S. offers the equivalent energy efficiency performance of 8 inches of fiberglass insulation in a wall cavity.
This product puts the continuous insulation on the outside of the building where insulation works best.
EIFS is in the International Building Code and the International Residential Code
It provides the continuous insulation (CI) described in ASHRAE 90.1, which is required by the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
It can also contribute to LEED certification
It’s the only cladding that has an air-barrier, insulation and aesthetics all in one system, which is installed by a single contractor, with a single warranty
The product has a very low Global Warming impact, where brick has a very high Global Warming Impact
It may not be faster than a speeding bullet and it can not leap tall buildings, but The Next Generation of Exterior Insulation and Finish system is a Super Cladding when compared to the other leading Cladding’s.
Dryvit is one of the largest EIFS manufacturers in the world and they did an excellent job of marketing the EIFS product. In fact they did such a good job that the entire industry was know as Dryvit until recent years. Dryvit did much like Rollerblade® did with inline skates. We now, for the most part, refer to the industry as the EIFS industry, and there are a few manufacturers of the EIFS product, Dryvit being one of them. Each manufacturer of EIFS has there own terminology of the products, so it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the basic Dryvit lingo. Read more Dryvit ›
Welcome to EIFS Repair(1-888-407-2609). If you are interested in the EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) industry you will find this site engaging and full of knowledge. We have an extensive background in Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems, and have no problem letting you know what we know; As, we feel, that it has been one of the short comings of the entire industry. Keeping the EIFS process a secret has not benefited any one, nor will it. We would rather, a home owner or contractor know the steps needed to complete a professional and successful EIFS project.
That is are aim here at Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems / EIFS Repair, to educate anyone that wants to know about the EIFS industry from general practices, to those little things to look for that Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems applicators just hate to do. Well, I guess it’s not really that they hate to do them, it is, that they are time consuming, and costly. And the little things are very hard to spot unless you really know what you are looking for. But those little things are what can cause havoc down the road.
Here are a few points of interest.
Next Generation EIFS out preforms brick, concrete block, cementitious fiber board siding, and stucco study by U.S. Department of Energy
We will not only teach you how to properly do the EIFS application, and what to watch out for, but perhaps the most important part of the site is that we will be introducing new and improved ways of doing EIFS that your applicator may not even be aware of yet. We will do our best to give as detailed instructions and shop drawings of these new techniques our Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems Guru’s come up with here at EIFS repair.
We will also go over the material including specifications and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and the distributors Dyvit, Senergy and Sto.