EIFS (Dryvit®)

Jamie is certified through the Exterior Design Institute (E.D.I.) - Inspector #IL-12

Over the last 15-20 years, there has been a lot of discussion in the building inspection and real estate industry regarding EIFS (Exterior Insulating Finishing System). EIFS, more commonly known by the brand names Dryvit® and Synergy®, or the generic Synthetic Stucco, is an exterior cladding system that has been used in the United States since the late 1960’s. Because of its unique properties (added insulation value, a multitude of architectural shapes, many different textured finishes) it has increased in popularity. This material has resulted in some very significant architectural buildings in the commercial and residential markets. There are special inspection techniques, tools and documentation procedures to inspect buildings with EIFS cladding that inspectors at Dunsing Inspections are trained to conduct. We have been performing EIFS inspections since 1997 and have inspected thousands of residential and commercial structures with EIFS cladding. Fees range from $400 to more than $2,000 for large homes and buildings

Unfortunately, what appeared to many to be a perfect exterior finish material has turned into a nightmare for some homeowners with EIFS clad homes. Some buildings have been found to have excessive moisture caused by water invading this “watertight” finish. Moisture enters the cladding through cracks, defective windows, bad flashing details and unsealed areas. The moisture cannot escape, thus causing rot and mold. This in turn results in the material behind the cladding to deteriorate which causes building structural damage; necessitating removal of the EIFS finish.

Most problems have been traced back to poor workmanship, yet there is a class action lawsuit brought by some homeowners against many manufactures of EIFS cladding materials. Also, there is at least one insurance company that will not underwrite a policy on buildings with EIFS cladding. Some building codes are considering special inspection procedures by third party, impartial inspectors during construction.

Download a sample EIFS Report