Improper or Missing Perimeter Sealing Wood windows present the most significant remediation problems. Double-hung wood windows are common in EIFS homes and fail at the highest rate of any type of window. The average EIFS-clad home in the United States has 31 window units. High moisture readings associated with windows occur in fewer than 1 of every 8 window units on...Read More
Poor Window Design And Components Many window manufacturers still use soft, untreated wood components in their windows. Once the moisture makes it to this wood, rot can happen quickly. This new window was installed in a $1 million home in 2003. The miter joint was already partially compromised at the time it was installed. The rough opening preparation is also...Read More
MoistureFree Warranty spent months and thousands of dollars to be in compliance with the Illinois Department of Insurance. Chicago and Naperville Dryvit EIFS and Stucco home buyers and sellers beware of companies or individuals purporting to offer a stucco bond or a stucco warranty in the State of Illinois. There are absolutely no stucco bonds, and the only approved...Read More
Poor Rough Opening Preparation Approximately 60% to 70% of all high moisture readings in EIFS-clad homes occur at window and door locations. Windows are by far the largest contributor to moisture problems, mainly due to the significant number of window units found in the average EIFS-clad home. Many rough openings have no protection from leaks from around or within...Read More
BY ALLEN NORWOOD Charlotte NC 02/05/2015 12:00 AM Two decades ago, horror stories about synthetic stucco dominated housing headlines. Mansions were rotting, stories said. Lawsuits were flying, while stucco manufacturers and builders hunkered down. EIFS stands for exterior insulated finish system. Water that got behind the synthetic surface could get trapped there,...Read More
The most insidious part? By the time the outside stucco begins to show the effects of water damage, it’s too late. And because Georgia offers little or no protection for homeowners, an unsuspecting buyer could still end up with a synthetic stucco home. Meanwhile, homeowners’ insurance won’t cover the cost of repairs, and legal remedies dissolve over time.
Then in 1994, North Carolina’s coastal New Hanover County inspection department in Wilmington began fielding complaints about synthetic stucco homes, six in one week. To date, the department has inspected about 600 homes and found 94 percent had moisture problems.