Homes with a stucco exterior are stunning, but they require extra care to be taken in order to maintain their unique finish. Burgess Inspections, Inc. is one of the few companies certified to perform specialty stucco inspections in Virginia. You can trust that our decades of experience will help provide you with the information you need to protect your best interests. Let’s talk about stucco inspections and how they can help you preserve your home’s stucco exterior.
What Is EIFS & What Are Its Benefits?
Stucco homes can include an EIFS (exterior insulation finishing system), which is also known as synthetic stucco. EIFS is an exterior wall system consisting of multiple layers of material that not only provides improved energy efficiency but also offers more flexibility than other exterior finishes. It serves multiple purposes, such as providing insulation, weatherproofing, and a finished service in one integrated product.
What Care & Maintenance Does EIFS Require?
EIFS provides many benefits, however, you will need to ensure regular maintenance of your home’s exterior to maintain the durability of the synthetic stucco. At Burgess Property Inspections, Inc., our professional inspectors understand that damage to the exterior, or failure of sealants around any penetrations, can be problematic for EIFS because of potential moisture intrusion. This moisture will then get into the internal structure of the siding and cause rot, mold, or several other problems.
What Happens During An EIFS Inspection?
A proper synthetic stucco inspection conducted by one of our EIFS inspectors includes the wall scan and probe method. We will insert tiny probes into the exterior material, which will read 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 at the probe locations. After the conclusion of the inspection, we will provide you with a detailed report, clearly identifying any areas needing repair in a format that will enable contractors to properly correct defects.
Schedule Your Stucco/EIFS Inspection Today
The inspectors at Burgess are trained with InterNachi and ASHI standards, are fully insured, and are ready to help you make an important decision about a property. Besides stucco inspections, we can conduct home buyer inspections, pre-listing inspections, and more. Contact us at (844) 804-9219 to schedule your inspection today! We serve the Richmond area including Charlottesville, Gloucester, West Point, Henrico County, and Chesterfield County.