EIFS vs Stucco

If you are looking to update the stucco on your house or are building a new structure that requires stucco. You may be asking yourself, what is better for my project, EIFS or stucco?

Both EIFS and stucco have their pros and cons, and to better decide what is better for your project, you should have a professorial from Eco Exteriors to help you. However, we would like to give you some basic information so you have a better understanding before talking to stucco companies in St. George, Utah.

How EIFS and Stucco look

If you are looking at a house from a distance, the odds are you would not be able to tell the difference. Most people will not know if your house has EIFS or normal three coat stucco or one coat stucco. When you use the EIFS system, you are still lefts with a coat of stucco on the outside.

Is EIFS or Stucco more durable?

This depends on how it is going to be used and what the environment is like.

EIFS is more flexible and will resist cracking, this can make it less likely to leak later down the road. However, the foam under the stucco if not maintained can deteriorate over time.

Stucco is basically a solid layer of rock and wire coating your home, and well it might be prone to cracking as the weather changes. It is as solid as it can get when it comes to protectiong your home.

Pros and Cons of EIFS and Stucco


  • More flexible than traditional stucco
  • Lighter than traditional stucco
  • Much higher R-value (keeps your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter)
  • More options to customize vs traditional stucco


  • Cost more to install than traditional stucco
  • more difficult to customize than traditional stucco
  • Must have a highly skilled professional

Stucco Pros

  • Stucco is stronger and can take more damage without failing
  • Easy to repair
  • A much simpler of a system
  • Stucco will cure much faster

Stucco Cons

  • Stucco is very heavy compared to EIFS
  • Stucco tends to crack and can get damaged if water gets in the cracks
  • Lower R-value when compared to EIFS

As you can see, when picking Stucco or EIFS, your building is in good hands. When its time to stucco your next project, call a commercial stucco contractor you can trust. Call Eco Exteriors

Want to learn more about EIFS or Stucco?

Read more about EIFS: HERE

Read more about stucco: HERE

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we would love to answer it. We are always happy to help others understand the difference between EIFS and Stucco.

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