EIMA Association EIFS Manufacturers
Following is a listing of companies that belong to the EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA). Most, if not all of these companies manufacturer a Barrier EIFS product that can be used on residential homes. Some of them also offer EIFS products that incorporate a water barrier membrane and drainage products like flashings and other special features. The problem is that when I asked the EIMA association for written guidelines they could offer that tell a person or builder where it is "safe" to use barrier EIFS, they refused to answer. Go figure! The president of the EIMA also refused to be interviewed by me. The EIMA group also has drawn a line in the sand with respect to the wood rot problems that are cropping up in virtually every market where barrier EIFS has been used. They don't think they are at fault. They blame windows, installers and just about every other stationary and moving target. If you want more information about the EIFS products and systems offered by the following manufacturers, you need to contact each one separately.
- ACROCRETE, INC.
- DRYVIT SYSTEMS, INC.
- DEGUSSA WALL SYSTEMS - FINESTONE
- OMEGA PRODUCTS CORP.
- PAREX, INC.
- PLEKO SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
- STO CORPORATION
- TEC PRODUCTS
- TEIFS WALL SYSTEMS
The Other Guys
One company is now left alone leading the fight against barrier EIFS systems. It is Senergy. USG had been battling this war with Senergy but in April of 2001 they retreated and shut down their EIFS product line. In fact, Senergy was an EIMA member up until September 20, 1998! They finally saw the light and resigned from EIMA on September 21, 1998. USG was never an EIMA member. USG re-engineered the water managed concept that was used for years by the old cement stucco craftsmen. But they simply couldn't sell enough or felt the inherent liability was too much. We will never really know. Senergy still makes and sells a barrier EIFS product, but it is for commercial use only. If a contractor proposes to use EIFS on your home and it is a Senergy product, you MUST inspect it and make sure it is their Senturion product. This is the one that is water managed.