EIFS Testing – The most tested, and proven cladding on the planet
EIFS has been tested by the NIST, which is the federal technology agency that works with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards. EIFS Testing
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have evaluated the 50 life cycle stages of the environmental impact of EIFS. The test compares EIFS, brick, aluminum, stucco, vinyl, and cedar.
EIFS saves money in construction costs, is greener and has energy efficient operation, and is the most environmentally responsible material tested.
EIFS is the superior cladding in all phases of building construction
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EIFS Testing – The most tested, and proven cladding on the planet
How to get Homeowners Insurance for your EIFS home
Don’t worry we will show you how to get homeowners insurance for your EIFS home
First of all, don’t listen to all those naysayers out there that are trying to tell you, you can’t get homeowners insurance on your home. The fact is EIFS is a very good product and is on nearly one in three commercial buildings in this country. The folks here at EIFS Repair started getting calls from homeowners that were having problems with this, so we did some research, got on the phones, and this is how to get homeowners insurance for your EIFS home.
Before you buy, you are going to want to invest in an EIFS inspection. This is not done by just any inspector, but by a specially trained EIFS inspector. Typically this inspection is going to include some sort of moisture testing. Actually, you are going to want to make sure of it. A visual inspection is not enough, you are going to want some numbers and to see where the moisture levels read high, and what percentage of moisture is behind your EIFS if any at all. The thing about the moisture testing is that a lot of the EIFS inspectors use a probed moisture tester, which means the inspector will be drilling a bunch of small holes through your EIFS. These holes must be repaired properly, so that down the road you are not getting moisture from the EIFS inspection itself. There are a few quality moisture testers out now that are prob-less you may want to request this testing devise. A typical EIFS inspection will cost any where from $500.00 to $1,200.00 depending on where you are located in the country. Another good alternative to the moisture meter testing is to use Thermal Imaging for the test. The Thermal Imaging typically cost a few hundred dollars more, but is a very good alternative, as it gives you a picture of the troublesome areas for you to look at.
After you have your EIFS inspection complete you will know exactly what repairs need to be done if any, and a you now can call in an EIFS Repair guy to give you an estimate on the repairs. When the EIFS applicator gives you his bid it is a good idea to get him to submit a yearly maintenance schedule for him to come, and do a visual inspection of the caulk and EIFS. The insurance companies will like to see this.
Now that that the house has passed an EIFS inspection you only need to call the insurance company and get homeowners insurance for your home. Call your insurance company,, and explain what you have done. If they are an insurance company that has a strick policy, and will not cover your home try these insurance companies.
Advanced Insurance of Boca Raton 21845 Powerline Rd, #205 Boca Raton, FL 33433 Contact: Chuck Hemphill Chemphill@advancedins.com (954) 416-9698 All Risks Ltd 11911 NE 1st St, Suite B-205 Bellevue, WA 98005 Contact: Corky Weber CWEBER@allrisks.com (425) 372-0038 Alternative Risk Company PO Box A Independence, MO 64051 Contact: Chad Brown email@example.com (888) 474-1217 BB&T-John Burnham Insurance 750 B Street, Suite 2400 San Diego, CA 92101 Contact: Geoffrey Shelton firstname.lastname@example.org (619) 525-2883 Bouchard Insurance 101 Starcrest Dr Clearwater, FL 33765 Contact: Ileane Altamura email@example.com (727) 373-2712 Brower Insurance (all states except Hawaii and Alaska) 409 E. Monument Ave., Ste. 400 Dayton, OH 45402 Contact: Jeff Lightner, CIC, CRIS firstname.lastname@example.org (937) 285-8203 Brown & Brown Insurance of Florida 1201 W. Cypress Creek Rd Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Contact: Andrew Noye email@example.com (954) 331-1319 Brown & Brown Insurance 1145 Broadway Plaza #700 Tacoma, WA 98402 Contact: Bryan J. Dunn firstname.lastname@example.org (253) 335-2427 CRC Insurance Services One Metroplex Drive, Suite 400 Trussville, AL 35173 Contact: Sherry Curtis email@example.com 800-824-1709
When buying an EIFS home you can real hit a home run if you know what you are looking for. I don’t think it is any secret that the EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) industry has an applicator problem, and that cannot be good. I think most professionals, if not all, would agree that the Exterior Insulation and Finish System product is a very good one, and when applied correctly is an excellent product (The Department of Energy’s testing by Oak Ridge National Laboratory concluded that Exterior insulation and Finish System out preforms brick, stucco, concrete block and cementitious fiber board siding). The question is how can you tell, when buying a Synthetic Stucco home, that the cladding was done correctly. Actually, for the trained eye it is a pretty simple process. There are a few basic things to look for. One of the most important things to look for is kick out flashing. If the house has kick out flashing that is a real good sign. The second thing to look for is the termination at the grade. The Exterior Insulation and Finish System should be at least 6 inches above grade. If the bottom of the Synthetic Stucco has a weep track then you know the home has a Water Management System. These two things are key to a good job, and when buying a Synthetic Stucco home they are the most important things to look for. The third thing to look for will really tell you that you have a winner, and that is around the windows and doors. The windows and doors should have an expansion joint around them, and the joint should be caulked. That caulk will fail one day, and has to be maintained, but we know that, and that is not really what we are looking for, what we are looking for, is if the Base Coat material goes back to the substrate in the expansion joint. If the material goes back all the way to the substrate, then when that caulk fails, there will not be exposed foam for water to soak into. You can be pretty confident when buying a EIFS home that you have a winner if the windows and doors are done this way.
One of the major things you want to make sure of is that the home has a moisture barrier like tyvek, tar paper, or a painted on barrier. Without a moisture barrier if the system fails it will rot the substrate. This can be very devastating if the substrate is wood. Unfortunately, the only way to know if there is a moisture barrier behind the system is to cut a hole in the system, and take a look. The reason this is so important is that if there is a moisture barrier the only damage will be to the Synthetic Stucco, and not to the substrate, so you will know what you are getting into for repairs, and not have major surprises trying to replace the substrate, and even the structure itself.
In closing, with an educated buyer the product can be a very attractive investment. If you can find an Exterior Insulation and Finish System home that was built by a high quality contractor that knew what they were doing, and did not cut any corners, you can buy a really great home for a steal of a deal. The problems in the residential Synthetic Stucco industry have lowered the prices of these homes, and for the ones that were done correctly they are very much worth the investment.
Exterior Insulation and Finish System also known as Synthetic Stucco or Dryvit ®
Buying a EIFS home – EIFS Repair – Synthetic Stucco