DEVASTATING MOISTURE DAMAGE COULD BE LURKING BEHIND YOUR BUILDING’S EIFS OR STUCCO.
Builders have installed Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) and stucco on exterior walls for decades. They’re beautiful, lower-maintenance finishes that add texture without seams. Both materials can improve a building’s insulation. With proper maintenance and regular stucco inspection or EIFS evaluation, this type of cladding will last for years.
What’s the difference between EIFS cladding and stucco cladding?
Basically, EIFS is a synthetic stucco cladding material that has been installed on residential and commercial buildings nationwide since 1968. The material is typically an acrylic based coating applied over insulation board. It’s manufactured by several companies under brand names such as DRYVIT®, SENERGY® and STO®.
On the other hand, traditional stucco is a cement-based coating system applied either directly over wall sheathing or over insulation. It’s a durable product that has withstood the test of time.
Certified Third-Party EIFS/Stucco Inspector
Chuck Johnson is an experienced EDI (Exterior Design Institute) Certified Inspector and a Licensed Home Inspector. He specializes in EIFS, stucco and stone exteriors. Chuck has been inspecting homes and commercial buildings in Illinois and the surrounding areas since 1999. Because he has inspected more than 6,000 buildings and homes, Chuck’s experience sets him apart. That depth of experience makes Chuck the “go-to” person for EIFS, stucco and stone exterior inspections.
In addition to stucco and EIFS projects, Chuck performs detailed Property Condition Assessments at ESS. His in-depth, detailed understanding of buildings makes Chuck uniquely suited for these projects. Because of his deep knowledge, Chuck is able to provide Property Condition Reports that are very reliable and useful over the long term.
Chuck joined Engineering Support Services in January 2020. He is responsible for our EIFS Division. He is also a NADRA-certified deck inspector.
When installed and maintained properly, EIFS and stucco perform well for many years. Unfortunately, when they crack or deteriorate, problems can occur without your knowledge. Water finds its way into the smallest opening. Before you know it, structural damage and mold growth are brewing without showing any visible signs. By the time you see mold or rotting windows, you already have serious damage. The best way to prevent this devastation is with a routine EIFS evaluation or stucco evaluation.
The ESS team includes some of the country’s leading experts in EIFS and synthetic stucco inspection. Superior technology, the most up-to-date tools and our deep expertise make ESS the Midwest’s go-to engineering firm for evaluating EIFS and stucco cladding.
Some older types of EIFS cladding did not drain moisture properly. As a result, buildings can have moisture intrusion issues. Symptoms include mold, cracking paint and delaminating of the EIFS. Over the years, some building owners have filed successful claims to recover the cost of repair or replacement. If you file such a claim, you will need to have your EIFS evaluated by an a certified claims inspector. Moisture Warranty Company has certified our staff to conduct inspections for DRYVIT® claims.
ESS EIFS & STUCCO EVALUATION
If you’re concerned about hidden moisture problems or other damage behind the cladding on your property, ESS can help.
Our EIFS and stucco inspection evaluation process includes:
- One of our top-notch EIFS experts or stucco experts will conduct a visual inspection of the building. He’ll look for obvious signs of moisture intrusion and other damage.
- Next, he’ll use our high-tech instruments to perform a surface scan of your exterior walls. These instruments are designed to detect even small amounts of moisture in the wall.
- Then, he’ll use probing tools to measure actual moisture in any area that seems like it might be at risk.
After the evaluation is complete, our staff prepares a thorough report. In the report, you’ll see a description of any issues along with recommendations for fixing them. Although our team and equipment are technologically advanced, our reports don’t sound like techie mumbo-jumbo. In fact, our reports are user-friendly and free of jargon. You, your contractor and any stakeholders can easily understand our findings.
WHY WORK WITH ESS?
Engineering Support Services EIFS inspectors have performed more than 6,000 highly-detailed assessments of EIFS and stucco buildings. We’re certified by the Exterior Design Institute to perform independent, third-party EIFS inspections. Our experience and expertise mean you can make complicated decisions about your building’s cladding with confidence.
Chicago weather is not kind to any type of building siding. Synthetic stucco and EIFS are no exception. If your home is clad in one of these materials, you may have hidden structural damage. The only way to know for sure is with an expert home EIFS inspection or stucco inspection.
ESS residential EIFS and synthetic stucco inspection team is the best in the business. When you work with us, you’ll get the same expert service commercial building owners get.
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