EIFS History

Exterior Insulated Finish Systems (EIFS), were developed in 1947 after WWII in Europe. The motivation for the invention of EIF systems were for the efficient use of energy to a building when the insulation is located on the outside of the wall.

This foam based system came to the United States in the 1960′s to aid in the national energy crisis. The immediate success of this flexible, monolithic, artistic product became popular so quickly that important installation details were quickly weeded out by sub-contractors; thus leaving you with a major moisture intrusion problem! Contact VIP Home Services at any time for more information on EIFS Facts and the EIFS Alliance.

System Components

During the past 15 years there has been a housing boom which we may never see again. Part of this increased demand for housing has led architects and builders to find new ways of casing the exterior of homes. One of the products used is Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS). EIFS is a foam based, non-load bearing exterior wall cladding designed to be attached to a wall sheathing with an adhesive or mechanical fastener. This system, used in residential and commercial construction, is categorized as a non-drainable or barrier type system.

The system consists of Five components:

  1. An adhesive or mechanical fastener to attach the system to the building.
  2. Panels of expanded polystyrene foam insulation (1″ min 4″ max depth).
  3. A base coat that is troweled over the foam insulation panels.
  4. A glass fiber reinforcing mesh that is laid over the polystyrene insulation panels then fully embedded in the base coat.
  5. A finish coat that is troweled over the base coat and the reinforcing mesh.
At first glance, the seamless coat of stucco on the exterior of your Sand Key condominium looks as toughened as a sidewalk, the perfect foil against the harsh wet weather of this coastal city. Yet beneath its lush cape of ivy, the cement shell is a mess of cracks and buckling; all signs that water has gotten in and damaged the underlying wood lath.

When properly installed, stucco (a cement- or lime-based plaster) is about as carefree and long-lived a cladding as anyone could wish—100 years is not uncommon. But when big cracks or blisters appear, the time to make repairs is right away, before the damage grows. Click below to schedule Stucco repair services in Sand Key today!