Burgess Inspections, Inc. is the largest locally-owned inspection firm in central Virginia. As such, we take great pride in offering top-notch inspection services to commercial and residential customers throughout the area. One of the most common questions we receive from clients is about the maintenance of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS). If the exterior of your home or business is clad with EIFS, proper maintenance is crucial to the health, safety, and longevity of your property.
What Is EIFS?
EIFS stands for “Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems” and is also known as synthetic stucco. Essentially, lightweight boards are affixed to the exterior of the building and coated with acrylic to mimic the look and style of stucco. The layers of acrylic provide improved energy efficiency, insulation, weatherproofing, and design flexibility, all in one.
If properly maintained, synthetic stucco should last for many years. We recommend that homeowners inspect their stucco regularly, starting at the corners and seams. Chips, cracks, or sections that are pulling apart can allow moisture into the stucco and ultimately into the walls of your home. Additionally, inspect your home after storms and be sure to address any damage immediately.
To ensure the integrity and longevity of your home’s EIFS, schedule a yearly synthetic stucco inspection with Burgess Inspections. Due to weather conditions, summer and fall are the ideal times of the year to schedule an inspection. Our professionals are trained to detect minor defects in your home’s exterior that could otherwise cause major damage. We also utilize the wall scan and probe method:
- Tiny probes are inserted into the exterior material.
- The probe reads the moisture level at both the surface and the interior of the synthetic stucco.
- The holes are then filled with a color-matched sealant, which solidifies and properly seals the probe locations.
Schedule an Inspection
Contact us today at (844) 804-9219 to schedule your appointment for a synthetic stucco inspection. We serve Richmond, Virginia, and the surrounding areas including Henrico and Chesterfield counties. In addition to EIFS inspections, we also perform mold, radon, and pool and spa inspections. For all of your commercial and home inspection needs, trust the professionals at Burgess Inspections.