Appearance of EIFS: Your eyes might deceive you.

“EIFS is just another beige stucco!”


Can any of you count the amount of times you’ve seen or heard that comment? In today’s reality, assuming EIFS can only replicate the appearance of stucco is just naive. Instead, the demand for EIFS pictures and answers to the question of “What does EIFS look like?” are at a high.


The EIFS industry has long pointed to its diversity in appearances, ability to create unique shapes, and its overall design flexibility. Does another exterior wall cladding exist with the range of EIFS?


Here are a couple initial examples:


Brick Dryvit

EIFS w/ Brick Finish

Metallic Dryvit

EIFS w/ Metallic Finish

Brooklyn home

EIFS w/ Limestone Finish


The ability to so closely match other building materials had proven beneficial in renovations or retrofits as well. Here’s an example of a brick and vinyl house, where the homeowners decided to remove the vinyl and opt for EIFS with a brick finish.


Brick House Front - before

Brick and Vinyl clad house

Home retrofitted with EIFS.


EIFS is much more than just replicating the appearances of other building materials. For the architect and designer who are looking to be more creative EIFS can be the answer. Previously, budgetary restrictions may have presented detailing and design limitations that have become possible with EIFS.


Here are a couple of examples of the further latitude and range that individuals have when using EIFS.


New Mexico State University ParexUSA project resized

New Mexico State University Building clad with EIFS

Dryvit 1645 Pacific Ave 2 resized

Photo shows diversity in design of EIFS


If you’re looking for an exterior wall cladding that offers endless opportunities, where else could you possibly look?


Durability and Design published an article earlier in the year on this very topic:


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