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External Insulation Finishing Systems (EIFS) Inspections

Professional Building Inspectors provides EIFS inspections on Long Island, Queens, New York City, the Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Westchester.

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Our inspectors are certified EIFS inspectors and have undergone extensive training for this type of building finishing system now commonly found in New York. They have the experience necessary to help protect your investment from future damage and to identify current problems already causing damage.

For new installations of EIFS in New York, our inspectors can review plans and perform detailed inspections during various application phases to ensure that the system is installed according to manufacturer's specifications. PBI can also perform an EIFS inspection to make sure there are no defects on your home so you can qualify for home insurance in New York, when required.

A Brief History of EIFS

EIFS, Exterior Insulated Finishing System, is an exterior wall finishing system that resembles stucco and has become increasingly popular for both residential and commercial structures. It was developed in Europe over 40 years ago as an efficient way to insulate buildings from the exterior rather than from the interior. In Europe most exterior walls are solid masonry with no cavities for insulation. This is not the case in the United States where walls are hollow and can trap moisture and water.

EIFS was introduced to the United States in 1969 under the brand name DRYVIT. It has been used for both commercial and residential installations in over 30 states and that numbers continues to grow.

What are the problems with EIFS?

By the mid1970's there were several other manufacturers of EIFS components. Its use in residential construction grew rapidly. Due to the growth of the industry, there were not enough experienced installers and mistakes in EIFS applications were common. Failures often developed at roof rakes, chimneys, floor lines, and around windows, doors, and protrusions.

The resulting damage in most cases was from moisture getting in behind the siding and getting trapped behind the highly water resistant material with no way out. This caused framing to rot and foster mold growth between the exterior and interior walls. Damp and rotting wood is also a prime target for subterranean termites.

The potential for these conditions do exist with any type of exterior siding product such as brick veneer, wood, or vinyl siding. The problems with EIFS, however, are exacerbated because of its superior water resistance. Once moisture gets in, regardless of its origin, it usually has no escape. The only means to determine if elevated moisture is present is for a certified EIFS inspector to do an inspection with moisture analysis.

How serious are the problems?

As with any component of your home, periodic inspection and maintenance are vital. The vast majority of homes with properly installed EIFS require only minimal repairs and ongoing maintenance. However, a national residential relocation and environmental inspection company stated, "Over a span of 10 months, we have conducted over 400 Synthetic Stucco inspections and have found varying degrees of damage on all but one home. The moisture penetration we have uncovered and the resulting damage has been as high as $100,000 on a home with a market value of $450,000."

Contact one of our Long Island based offices today to set up your New York or Long Island EIFS inspection.