Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS), or synthetic stucco, is a multi-layered exterior finish that gives homes curb appeal and additional insulation. Popularized in the US in the 1980s, EIFS once did 30 percent of its business in the residential market. According to Walls & Ceilings magazine, the EIFS market segment for residential construction is less than five percent today.By: Stephanie Jaynes Member Exclusive
Imagine, if you will, traveling to another dimension, which takes you back in time 75 years to a devastated country with a huge number of damaged/destroyed buildings. The climate is temperate, but it has long, cold winters. To make matters worse, there are scant energy resources needed to heat the inhabitants. Typical building construction is solid masonry with no wall cavities for insulation. What could a society do to provide the necessary requisites to house inhabitants?By: Frank Lesh Member Exclusive
Over the past 10 years, I’ve found there are still a lot of people out there who think because they’ve had a code enforcement inspector look at their home, or an appraiser tell them the value of their house, they’ve had a home inspection. I also hear other home inspectors say we are not code inspectors. Let’s discuss a few misnomers.By: John Keener Member Exclusive
While the most popular roofing material has not changed (hello, asphalt shingles), other types of roofing are seeing growth in some areas of the country. We talked to Maciek Rupar, technical services director for the National Roofing Contractors Association, about different types of roofing materials, and what home inspectors should look for.