Originally Posted By: tpeters1
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EIFS is a specialty synthetic stucco product, and should only be inspected by someone licensed to do so. It’s been involved in several class action lawsuits that I know of… Dryvit being the one hit the hardest, mostly because it was prevalent in the Southeast where it’s nice and humid…
EIFS has a problem with it due to it's design; it doesn't easily allow moisture to escape. Thus, when water gets behind it, it causes a lot of damage. (Mold, rot, etc...)
It was created in Cold War Germany and Eastern Europe in order to "super-insulate" buildings. It made its way over here shortly thereafter, and is still being used. Head over to your nearest Wendy's, Taco Bell, BK, etc. That's probably not stucco.
It's not always bad. An EIFS system installed correctly will last a lifetime. Have a look at the New York, New York hotel and casino in Vegas. That's a good job. (And Dryvit, at that.)
If you find it, tell your client to consider having a moisture analysis done by a certified inspector.
G.E. Peters, Inc. Inspection Services