EP 10: EIFS: Wall Cladding

The trademark of a good wall cladding is its energy efficiency and watertightness. A home or building that is impervious to nature’s elements is a long-lasting, secure investment. For an in-depth look at the multiple layers and benefits of EIFS, Host Joe Shuffleton speaks with Certified Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS) Inspector, Trey Parsons. Trey received his certification from the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry and has over seven years of experience. During the discussion, Trey reveals the installation process of EIFS, the different ways proper drainage can be achieved, and how to recognize issues with existing installations.

In this episode:

[1:23] Trey describes the process of becoming certified by the Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry.

[2:47] Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) has been known by many other names in the past.

[3:42] Trey explains the process of installing wall cladding, providing each step in detail.

[6:45] In Trey’s experience, he sees vertical trowel lanes used for drainage in EIFS.

[7:57] Do finishing top coats provide a weather-tight configuration?

[9:29] The three main types of joints associated with EIFS.

[12:39] The difference between stucco and EIFS.

[14:25] Trey describes the history of EIFS in the United States, issues found in early installations, and why it is still a preferred wall cladding.

[18:32] Building codes, common practices, and how to recognize possible issues with EIFS.

[21:48] Repair or maintenance of EIFS wall cladding requires a qualified contractor with EIFS experience.