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EIFS Inspections: A Way to Specialize

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

Everyday Tools: What’s in My Tool Belt?

Over my 20-year inspection career I have spent thousands of dollars in inspection tools, but reflecting back, did I really need to? Did I get more business because I had laser levels or a Snifit CO detector?

By: Rick Bunzel Member Exclusive

Is it EIFS?

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

The Intersection of Home Inspection and Codes

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

Can’t See That Basement Movement?

Inspecting a full depth basement is a challenge when you can see the walls. When the basement walls are 100% finished inside, you can’t even see the foundation wall. What do you do?

By: Tom Feiza Member Exclusive
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Inside Common Roofing Issues

The Questions Home Inspectors Need to Ask and Some of the Most Common Problems They Should Look For

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.