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Do I Have Stucco Or EIFS?

Installation Barrier EIFS is comprised of a base coat and finish coat applied over an EPS board that is attached directly to the sheathing using fasteners or an adhesive. The system provides no avenue for water to drain out once it penetrates behind the EPS board. Traditional stucco, on the other hand, is applied over a wire mesh, and installed with standoffs that allow space behind the stucco for “weeping” of water. No EPS or Styrofoam board is used in a traditional stucco exterior. EIFS or traditional stucco? There are a few simple tests that any homeowner can perform to determine whether he or she has EIFS or traditional stucco. The Knock Test Go outside and knock on an outer “stucco” wall of your home. If it sounds hollow, there is a good chance you have EIFS. If it feels like you are knocking on a brick wall, it is more likely that you are knocking on traditional “hard-coat” stucco. The Gap Test Put your hand under the bottom edge of the cladding near the foundation, assuming that is possible (another common installation error occurs when the EIFS is installed below grade, making this test difficult if not impossible). If you can feel that the cladding comes out away from the foundation 3/4 of an inch or more, chances are you have an EIFS cladding. This is because the...

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Residential Inspector of America

STUCCO & HOME INSPECTION EXPERTS Contact Us Residential Inspector of America Buford, GA Home Inspection Services – 770.476.4963 Website: In addition to years of experience, RIA inspectors have the following credentials: American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Certified International Code Council (ICC) Certified (Code State of Georgia has adopted) American Home Inspection Training (AHIT) Certified Provide mold and radon gas testing Over 50,000 homes inspected in the Metro Atlanta area since 1989 JASON DAVID STUCCO INSPECTOR Over 5 years in construction industry experience Performs over 400 inspections annually Certified Pool Specialist Exterior Design Institute (EDI) certified synthetic and hardcoat...

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EIFS Synthetic Stucco Inspections

EIFS Synthetic Stucco home inspection services in Atlanta GA. Unfortunately, a visual inspection cannot tell the whole story and until invasive testing becomes standardized and sufficient data becomes available for our area, concealed damage in synthetic stucco houses will remain a question mark.  If you were planning to purchase or sell a home with EIFS or Synthetic Stucco we recommend a full stucco inspection be performed by a certified stucco inspector and included with your closing documents. The purpose of a stucco inspection is to help assess the condition of the stucco system by looking for visible installation flaws, inadequate water diversion...

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Hard Coat or Traditional Stucco Inspections

HardCoat Traditional Stucco home inspection services in Atlanta GA. The purpose of a stucco inspection is to help assess the condition of the stucco system by looking for visible installation flaws, inadequate water diversion and sealant failures and to evaluate the wall sheathing/framing behind the system for elevated moisture levels. Please note that the provision of a scope of work for remedial repairs is not the purpose of most stucco inspections. Further investigation may be needed to determine the extent of water damage, if any, and how best to modify your stucco home to address any moisture problems that may be...

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Stucco Service Areas

Atlanta, Marietta, Decatur, Norcross, Duluth, Alpharetta, Fayetteville, Newnan, Kennesaw, Peachtree City, Roswell, Smyrna, Woodstock, Austell, Acworth, North Metro, Lilburn, Turin, Conley, Sargent, Union City, Ellenwood, Avondale Estates, Holly Springs, Palmetto, Suwanee, Sharpsburg, Tyrone, Clarkston, Clarkdale, Fairburn, Moreland, Mableton, Senoia, Red Oak, Powder Springs