Why is EIFS stucco inspection important?

This is one of the more common questions that we get to answer. Believe it or not, there are a couple major reasons, one of which could help prevent you from having to roll out your pocketbook to cover it.

The first thing you need to think about, though, is whether you have EIFS or stucco. They look so similar, that even trained professionals sometimes get confused when looking at a distance. Thankfully, there are a couple of tests that you can do yourself to see which one you have.

The most common test to check to see if you have EIFS or stucco is the “knock test”. Simply, what you’ll do is find an area on the exterior of your home that’s covered in the material, and knock on it. Generally, if it sounds hollow, you have EIFS in that area of the house. If you knock on it and it sounds like you’re hitting a brick wall, you’re dealing with actual stucco.

The other option you can use to determine which one you have is to put your hand under the cladding near the foundation of your house. All you’re doing is feeling to see how far away from the house it is. If it’s ¾ of an inch or more from the house, chances are you have EIFS, due to the EPS board that makes it stick out further than traditional stucco.

Now that you’ve determine what material you have, why do you need to have it inspected? As a general rule of thumb, both EIFS and stucco should be inspected yearly by you, in order to check it for moisture that has formed.

Water damage can occur in both EIFS and stucco, where it can seep in through the joints around the window. Water damage is always serious, and even more so if it’s been going on for a while. It can lead to a buildup of mold and mildew, which is dangerous to anyone in the house, and even more so if there are any health issues associated with people living there.

In addition, you should have your home inspected anytime you’re entering into a real estate transaction. Underwriters actually require that an EIFS/stucco inspection be performed prior to approving any loans, so it would be necessary when purchasing a home as well.

To top everything else off, some states require a special license to inspect stucco or EIFS. Why not just take the headache out of it, and call the most trusted name in home inspections, Specialty Building Consultants.

*Specialty Building Consultants specializes in Home inspection, EIFS inspection, Stucco inspection and Asbestos testing in Birmingham AL, Huntsville AL, Decatur, AL, Cullman, AL, Athens, AL, Montgomery AL, Tuscaloosa, AL and Nashville TN.Home inspection

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Hoover, AL 35226

(205) 683-6484