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One type of synthetic stucco One type of synthetic stucco, known as EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems), has been associated with moisture problems. The underlying wood on EIFS sided homes may suffer rot damage. However, other types of synthetic stucco are quite durable. It's always a wise to have a professional inspection before purchasing a stucco-sided home.

Many homes finished in Synthetic Stucco (EIFS, Dryvit, etc.) were done with the stucco terminating BELOW grade. Small cracks in the bottom of the seal (if there is any seal at all) invites termites to freely and easily eat through the polyurethane foam and into the studs, baseplates, windows and any other wood in the home. Because they are invisible from the outside, protected from detection by the stucco finish, they often aren't detected until they appear in swarms inside the house!

(See illustration 1 - Illustrations not to scale)

NOTICE: Many hard-coat (REAL) Stucco homes have a layer of foam and/or other voids between the stucco and the foundation. These homes are also vulnerable to termite infestation.


The Stucco Solution...

The BEST solution is to have an experienced professional trench, as needed, around the house where the stucco terminates below grade. Have them neatly cut the stucco 4-6 inches above ground level and remove it from the foundation. They should then seal the bottom of the cut to the foundation with adhesive basecoat, making it impossible for termites to re-enter. The exposed foundation can then be refinished and/or painted below the cut to match the house if the homeowner requests it.

(See Illustration 2) Foam Board & Termites - The Problems...   Many homes finished with siding have foam insulation board applied below the siding for insulation, moisture-barrier, to cover imperfections in the poured concrete slab and to build out an "un-square" foundation. This foam also terminates below ground level. This invites termites, undetected from the outside and protected from predators, to freely eat into the wood of the home.

 (See illustration 3)The Foam Solution...  Foam and outer coatings should be removed by an experienced professional down to the foundation, up to the siding level and below ground level. This removes termites' tunnel system and they will no longer be able to reach the wood to freely feed on it undetected. The residue should then be removed and, if preferred by the homeowner, the exposed foundation slab can be re-coated and/or painted to match the siding or house trim. (See illustration 4)


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