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Exterior Insulation and Finishing System (EIFS)


Ridley & Partners, Inc. performs exterior inspections in accordance with Chapter Four (4) of the Standard of Practice (SOP) of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). This inspection entails the following inspection protocols:



  • Wall coverings, flashing, and trim
  • Exterior doors
  • Attached and adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings
  • Eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible from the ground level
  • Vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls that are likely to adversely affect the buildings
  • Adjacent and enter-way walkways, patios, and driveways
  • Description of wall coverings


Not Inspected

  • Screening, shutters, awnings, and similar seasonal accessories
  • Fences, boundary walls, and similar structures
  • Geological and soil conditions
  • Recreation facilities
  • Outbuildings other than garages and carports
  • Seawalls, break-walls, and docks
  • Erosion control and earth stabilization measures


Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) as well as Stucco siding moisture intrusion inspections are specifically excluding from our standard residential home inspection services and this is specifically indicated within our general service contract.


The State of Alabama has legislated specific regulations which are enforced by The State of Alabama Building Commission in relation to EIFS inspections. We are presently licensed with The State of Alabama under license number -

#EIFS-4144 to perform EIFS inspections. These inspections are treated separately from a standard home inspection due to the additional time required for inspection as well as associated regulatory compliance costs.


In accordance with the definitions of the International Building Code and the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM), an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) is a non-load bearing, exterior wall cladding system that consists of an insulation board attached either adhesively or mechanically, or both, to the substrate; an integrally reinforced base coat; and a textured protective finish coat.


EIFS with drainage, another EIFS system, is the predominate method of EIFS applied today. As the name implies, EIFS with Drainage provides a way for moisture that may accumulate, in the wall cavity, to evacuate.


EIFSs were first introduced in the United States in the late 1960's, and were used on commercial buildings, and later on homes. Early EIFSs used a faced-sealed approach. Face-sealed EIFSs are inherently defective and unfit for use an an exterior cladding system where moisture sensitive components are used without a provision for drainage or in locations and assemblies without adequate drying. Most EIFSs of the past were faced-sealed systems that by definition had no provision for drainage. The typical system also contains moisture sensitive materials. Specifically, the following moisture sensitive components are used: exterior gypsum board, oriented strand board (OSB) or plywood sheathing, metal or wood studs, fiberglass cavity insulation and interior gypsum board sheathing.


Early EIFSs as well as modern EIFSs can be problematic in hot and/or humid climates. There have been numerous suits filed and settled in relation to EIFSs including nationwide class action lawsuits where Alabama plaintiffs were parties.


If you are presently considering a property with an EIFSs or a Stucco system then it is advisable to have an independent inspection of that system performed. This inspection will generally be performed in a stepwise approach which may include a visual inspection to ensure the system has been installed correctly, non-destructive moisture testing, and if required destructive moisture testing (requires penetrating holes at the points where moisture testing is conducted).


Additional information is available by viewing our FAQ, Links, and Information Page accessible, from the menu, on the left-hand side of this page or by utilizing the following hyper-link: FAQ.


It should be noted that the fastest way, to obtain a quote, for services is to complete the inspection scheduling process. This process does not commit you to services; but, it does allow us to collect important information which is utilized to provide an accurate service quote. Our service rates are competitive and within industry norms. The scheduling process can be started by following the home icon links throughout our site or by utilizing the following hyper-link: Quote.


If after reviewing our web-site you would like more information about a specific offering we would be glad to speak with you. You can reach us through our contact forms which are accessible, from the main menu, at the top of this page, you can Email us at, or you can call us at 1-205-746-7567.



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