Synthetic Stucco, also known as EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems) is a multi-layered exterior finish that has been in use since the end of World War II to repair damaged buildings.
Many Lake Zurich homes are coated with an EIFS Lake Zurich Stucco application. This is the modern upgrade to what was used back in World War II.
EIFS Has Six Layers
EIFS has six layers in its modern application. These are:
- An optional water-resistive barrier.
- An Adhesive layer.
- A foam insulation board
- An acrylic or polymer-based cement material base coat.
- The reinforcement mesh embedded in the base coat material.
- A decorative and protective outer finishing coat.
EIFS layers are usually bound together to form a covering that doesn’t allow for air to get in. When moisture is trapped between the layers, it can lead to dry rot in the wood. This problem can be easily identified through routine pest inspection.
In order to maintain the integrity of Stucco Lake Zurich, openings such as doors and window frames should be sealed. Gutters should also be kept clean and positioned to drain away from the house and any items that penetrate the stucco must be sealed away. Moisture must be kept out at all costs.
EIFS is easy to clean. You can make a simple cleaning solution by adding two cups of trisodium phosphate to one cup bleach and a gallon of warm water. Use a brush or spray and apply it to the stucco and allow it to soak for 15 minutes. Then lightly brush the surface with a soft brush and rinse.