Not Your Father’s Stucco: EIFS and Topcoat Systems

BY ALLEN ZIELNIK, ATLAS MATERIAL TESTING TECHNOLOGY LLC  | February 2016
Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. This massive resort property has numerous architectural features created by using EIFS. PHOTO COURTESY OF DRYVIT SYSTEMS INC.  

Using Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) is now one of the leading ways to renovate and aesthetically improve the façades and energy efficiency of existing commercial structures. They also offer design flexibility in adding architectural interest at relatively low cost to new construction. Not limited to commercial structures, EIFS is also increasingly being used in both single- and multiple-occupancy residential structures. Today, more than 1 million buildings in North America are clad with EIFS and account for over 30 percent of commercial structures. So what’s the buzz about EIFS and what basics do you need to know about the materials and technology? 

Originally published in D+D • February 2016

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