EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System), often referred to as stucco or synthetic stucco, is a popular choice for home exteriors. There are many reasons for this, including the fact that it can be applied over a variety of substrates and looks great on both traditional and modern homes. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of Exterior Insulation and Finish System stucco, including what it is, how it’s installed, and some of its benefits.
Exterior Insulation and Finish System stucco is a type of cladding that is made up of several layers. The first layer is typically a weather-resistant barrier, followed by a layer of foam insulation. The next layer is a thin coating of cementitious and the final layer is an acrylic-based render. Synthetic stucco can be applied over block, brick, OSB, T1-11 and fiberglass board. It is a popular choice for both residential and commercial buildings.
One of the biggest benefits of the synthetic stucco is that it is an air-barrier. This means that it helps to keep your home or building insulated, which can lead to lower energy bills. Having insulation on the outside of the building negates thermal bridging from the 2×4’s or metal studs. The product also provides a water barrier, helping to protect your home from moisture damage. The newest version of the product uses a liquid moisture barrier which has cured one of the industry’s major problems. With the liquid moisture barrier the wood is essentially rubberized before the foam is adhered, which prevents the wood from rotting in case of moisture intrusion. It is also resistant to both fire and insects, making it a great choice for homes in areas that are prone to either of these hazards. This type of stucco is also easy to maintain, with only a yearly cleaning needed to keep it looking its best.
If you’re thinking about installing synthetic stucco on your home, be sure to contact a professional for help. They will be able to advise you on the best way to install EIFS stucco, as well as which products are best suited for your needs. With its many benefits, synthetic stucco is a great choice for any home. Contact a local Exterior Insulation and Finish System professional today to get started!