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Eifs or hardcoat stucco? What’s the difference?


Customers frequently ask, "Do you sell stucco?"  Being a manufacturer/distributor of quality stucco supplies, my answer is “yes!  Are you looking for hardcoat stucco or eifs?” Usually the customer wants EIFS, sometimes it’s hard coat, other times there is a silence.  The silence is because some people are unfamiliar with the difference in the systems and how they are applied.  That’s okay. I’m here to explain it to you!

Hard Coat Stucco

Hard coat stucco is comprised of your scratch and brown coat, metal lath, and finish.  Hard coat stucco also requires casing bead, corner beads, and expansion joints

For links to Hard Coat Stucco products, use these links or call us at 866.375.9510.

Brown and scratch coats
Metal Lath
Expansion joints, casing bead, corner bead
Finish Coat

Synthetic Stucco (EIFS)

EIFS (exterior insulation finishing system) is comprised of EPS (expanded polystyrene) insulation foam, fiberglass mesh, basecoat adhesive, and finish. EIFS is durable, less expensive, lighter weight, and has an insulation layer.

It is important to have a moisture barrier such a tiqueguard or tyvek stucco wrap. Read our blog on moisture barrier!

EIFS has been used in Europe since its reconstruction after World War II.  EIFS became popular in the 1980’s in the United States and has become increasingly popular since.

For links to Synthetic Stucco (EIFS) products, use these links or call us at 866.375.9510

EPS Foam
Basecoat Adhesive
Fiberglass Mech
Finish Coat

The finish is the same in Synthetic Stucco as in Hard Coat.  The difference in what goes underneath.


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