Exterior Insulation Finishing System or EIFS (pronounced as “EEFS”) are multi-layered exterior wall systems consisting of a finish coat, a base coat and insulation board, all of which are mechanically or adhesively secured to plywood or another substrate. EIFS is used as an alternative to brick, stone or siding on homes and commercial properties. EIFS is known as “synthetic stucco” because it looks and feels like traditional stucco.

Despite manufacturers’ claims that EIFS is water resistant, water intrusion problems have been discovered on structures with EIFS. The most common areas for water intrusion are around windows, doors and where it has been penetrated by attachments such as shutters, moldings, railings, decks, vents, utility lines, utility pipes, mailboxes, chimney caps and at intersections between EIFS and the roof. Once water enters the EIFS there is no way for the water to evaporate or drain and therefore gets trapped inside between the EIFS and the frame.

If moisture is retained for long periods, it can result in rotting of the wood frame, which if left unchecked can compromise the structural integrity which will result in serious damage to the home including becoming vulnerable to termites.

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