When our clients are looking for solutions to problems with residential or commercial stucco shells, they know that our Diversified Interiors team will give them honest, straightforward answers. We are here to provide our clients with the service they deserve, and that includes discussing the pros and cons of the materials used in a project.
Whether you’re planning a new construction project or considering a change in your building’s exterior, you want to be informed about your options. Questions commonly asked about exteriors include:
- “Is there an exterior option that requires less maintenance?”
- “Will I regret choosing stucco down the road?”
- “What energy-efficient options are there to help keep insulation costs down?”
Home and business owners looking to save on energy, cost, and maintenance consider replacing stucco with EIFS. This modern solution solves many of the common problems found with stucco. But what is EIFS, and how does it compare with stucco as an exterior material? EIFS stands for exterior insulation and finishing system, and it is a remarkable exterior solution for today’s building projects.
Cost and Maintenance
Because it’s lightweight and easy to install, EIFS is an option for every budget. The up-front costs of stucco and EIFS tend to be comparable. However, EIFS can save you a lot of money and maintenance work later on. As stucco ages, its exposure to the elements and normal wear and tear cause unforeseen problems. Stucco requires consistent maintenance and care, and it develops issues in a shorter amount of time.
Commonly seen problems in stucco include mold, staining, and cracking.
Choosing EIFS can put your mind and wallet at ease. When it comes to quality control, EIFS outperforms stucco through age and weather.
Energy Efficiency and Style
Clients who are replacing stucco with EIFS often do so to save on energy costs. When comparing energy efficiency with stucco, EIFS beats it every time. With its continuous insulation and air barrier, you won’t have to worry about discovering a draft getting through. Additionally, EIFS is a modern solution that complies with today’s building codes and regulations regarding energy.
When considering stucco for a building’s exterior, many people are drawn to its many style options. Even with the variety of textures and moldings available through stucco, EIFS offers an even wider selection of modern and traditional styles. EIFS can also mimic the appearance of different materials like stone and brick, allowing for unlimited creativity in planning. Adding EIFS accents and motifs like arches and columns can be a great way to refresh a building’s aesthetic.
If you’re frustrated with your building’s exterior, consider replacing stucco with EIFS instead of making temporary repairs. Wondering where to start? Our team at Diversified Interiors is here to give you the straightforward info you need to start planning your project.
Whether you have questions about stucco replacement or want to start a conversation about your next project, please contact us here.