MoistureFree Warranty is the nationally recognized solution to concerns about moisture problems in stucco homes (EIFS, hardcoat, synthetic, drainable and other stucco systems). Much more than just a warranty, MoistureFree is your partner in solving your moisture problems by helping you through the solution process. From getting the right inspector to choosing a qualified contractor with fair prices, MoistureFree is by your side.
It takes a MoistureFree Certified expert to inspect and repair your home, but you don’t have to be an expert to understand most of the moisture problems that occur on your home. This guide is intended to help you understand the most common exterior moisture problems. Remember, you can always call the experts at MoistureFree Warranty to help you with any of your home’s moisture problems. Our goal is the same as yours…a dry home!
DamSill is a window pan system that is designed to solve moisture problems in both new and existing structures by installing under windows and doors to catch water and move it away from the wall. Easier to install and more reliable than any other pan system on the market, DamSill ships in 3’ sections that can be adjoined to create any length. The finish trim/ face plate is not supplied due to the custom needs of most installations.
Thank you for your interest in Moisture Warranty Corporation (MWC). As a stucco home buyer, you have come to the right place to learn how to buy a stucco home and protect yourself for the future when doing so. By buying a home with a MoistureFree Warranty protecting it, you know that the home has been through a stringent process of stucco inspection and stucco repair that has been overseen by the professionals at MoistureFree Warranty and has the solid backing of the MoistureFree Warranty for years to come.
Moisture Warranty Corporation has assisted thousands of synthetic EIFS hardcoat and drainable stucco home buyers since 1996. The introduction of the MoistureFree Warranty provided a comprehensive solution to home buyers and Realtors who have embraced the MoistureFree Warranty as a much needed tool for all parties involved in the process of buying a stucco home.
When you sell your home, the MoistureFree Warranty helps ease home buyers’ concerns about purchasing a stucco home. The MoistureFree Warranty assures them that your home will be moisture free, or we’ll pay to get it moisture free.
Rather than having to discount their home, a stucco home seller can purchase a MoistureFree Warranty and retain the value of their stucco home, potentially saving a stucco home seller tens of thousands of dollars at the time of sale.
Having A MoistureFree Warranty protecting the stucco home can reduce the time the home is on the market by as much as 50%.
New owners automatically receive the benefit of any remaining warranty protection on the stucco home, and there are no transfer fees.
Base coverage starts at $10,000 with multiple policy options up to $150,000. 1, 3, and 5-Year Warranties are available.
Following re-certification, coverage can be extended up to 5 years and can be renewed indefinitely upon re-certification.
The MoistureFree Warranty does not require stucco homeowners to make unnecessary repairs to their home. Our friendly staff at Moisture Warranty Corporation assist homeowners every day with understanding what modifications are necessary, and can advise on typical costs for these repairs.
The MoistureFree Stucco Warranty offers reasonable pricing, combined with flexible payment terms, that makes it simple and affordable to get warranty protection.
After modifications are made to a home and verified through inspection, a MoistureFree Stucco Warranty can be purchased to satisfy the homeowner about the quality of work done to repair the home. If a repair fails during the term of the warranty, and allows moisture intrusion, Moisture Warranty Corporation pays to have it repaired.
Since the MoistureFree Stucco Warranty requires an inspection to be issued, the home may be saved from costly damage that may have gone undetected.
Moisture has always been a challenge to property owners, but litigation related to moisture and indoor air quality have magnified the concern many times over. Now more than ever, stucco property owners must deal with moisture issues quickly and effectively. The source of the moisture problem must be identified and eliminated in order to reduce damages and legal exposure. The risk is great. The solution is easy, MoistureFree Commercial Services.
MoistureFree Commercial Services specializes in providing comprehensive solutions to moisture problems related to the building envelope. Specializing in stucco, (hard coat traditional stucco and EIFS synthetic stucco) dwellings, we discover the root cause of moisture problems and engineer the most efficient method to permanently resolve the problem. With the only national warranty program available for new or existing commercial stucco structures, you can trust MoistureFree as your total solution to moisture problems.
Synthetic stucco is commonly referred to as Exterior Insulating and Finish System (EIFS). Homes with this exterior finish are often strikingly beautiful, offer great flexibility in home design, and provide energy savings. EIFS (usually pronounced “eefs”) constructed homes, however, have a dark cloud surrounding them—allegations of water accumulation and damage resulting in mold growth.
EIFS construction consists of an insulation board secured to the exterior wall surface (e.g., plywood), a durable, water-resistant base coat applied on top of the insulation and reinforced with fiberglass mesh, and a finish coat, which gives the product its stucco-like appearance.
EIFS was developed in post-World War II Germany to repair war-related damage to large buildings. It was introduced in the United States on commercial buildings in the 1970s and on homes in the 1980s. This system is currently applied to approximately 2 percent of residential structures.
The moisture intrusion controversy erupted in 1995, with several EIFS-related lawsuits filed in North Carolina. Homeowners alleged the following:
Growing evidence suggests that once water gets into the EIFS insulation board, it has no way of getting out. Thus, water penetration is not the problem itself, as water can easily penetrate many types of exterior finishes, such as wood and brick. The problem is, according to some civil engineers, water retention. The EIFS system virtually wraps the exterior of the home in an energy-efficient blanket, which promotes energy efficiency but can leave water trapped within.
According to a member of the Georgia Area Home Inspectors in Atlanta, “This product cannot breathe.” He contends that it collects moisture, and the moisture has no way to drain or evaporate.
To counteract these problems, the EIFS industry developed a more drainable type of exterior finish in the last few years. The new “drainable” or “water-managed” system incorporates a secondary moisture barrier and a drainage mat with weep holes in the bottom that allow the escape of water that might get trapped.
Answer: There are a variety of issues surrounding synthetic and hardcoat stucco homes – the negative stigma associated with stucco homes and a reluctance by agents to buy or sell stucco homes are just two. Many of the issues can be mitigated by having a MoistureFree Warranty protecting the home. A MoistureFree Warranty on the home will preserve the home’s value, protect all parties in a stucco sales transaction, and give buyers the peace of mind they need to purchase a stucco home.
Answer: The warranty provides payment for repairs related to the stucco if elevated moisture levels are found during the term of the warranty. It pays to modify or repair the affected area so it can be dry again. How can I purchase a warranty? The home must be inspected by a qualified moisture inspector following the MoistureFree Warranty Inspection Protocol. The inspection report then should be submitted to Moisture Warranty Corporation (MWC) for review along with a warranty application form that has been completed by the inspector. MWC professionals will prepare a Certified Repair Analysis (CRA) on the home which details what needs to be done to the home to make it eligible for the warranty. Once these items have been completed, a second inspection is performed to verify repairs have been completed and are correct, and the warranty is issued.
Answer: Yes. The warranty is fully transferable and can be renewed following a qualifying protocol inspection.
Answer: The MoistureFree Warranty is the only national third-party warranty without the potential conflicts of interest inherent with a guarantee from a repair contractor. Without knowing specifics, generally speaking, most other programs are backed by a single insurance policy on the contractor and are not geared to multiple homes. Several large claims can put these companies out of business, leaving the homeowner at the mercy of his/her own pocketbook. In addition, many times these guarantees demand that you use their inspectors and that all repairs are done by those same inspectors. We see this as a potential conflict of interest. At MWC, we give YOU those choices. You choose the inspector, and as long as that inspector uses our inspection protocol, we are able to accept his/her report. You then choose the repair contractor, and as long as repairs are made according to our Repair Standards and Options, we will write the warranty (MWC Inspection Protocol and Repair Standards and Options are available to inspectors and repair contractors who visit our web site). In some states, MWC has the only approved warranty by that state’s insurance commission.
Answer: Having a MoistureFree Warranty can reduce the time the home is on the market by as much as 50%. From 3% to 16% of the sales price can be retained by having a MoistureFree Warranty on the home. On a $250,000 home, that can range from $7,500 up to $40,000 in home value protection at the time of sale. , and here and here and here!
When we sold our home in Georgia, as a condition of the sale, the buyers insisted that we put a MoistureFree Warranty on our home. Having the MoistureFree Warranty protecting the home set the buyers’ minds at ease. It was a smart move because it gave them the confidence they needed to purchase our home. The service representatives at Moisture Warranty were easy to work with and made the transaction go smoothly for all involved.