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What is the difference between Acrocrete and EIFS?
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Many of the most handsome homes in Gainesville have an EIFS finish on the exterior walls, like the one in the photo above. Unfortunately, when we tell homebuyers that their new house has EIFS (pronounced “eefs”) exterior walls, they often say “no, you’re wrong, the builder told me it’s Acrocrete.”
That’s similar to saying “no, it’s not a facial tissue, it’s Kleenex.” Acrocrete is a division of BASF Corporation and specializes in acrylic architectural finishes. Their EIFS (Exterior Insulated Finishing System) materials are the most recognized brand in the industry. Acrocrete also offers stucco, along with other silicone and elastomeric-enhanced finishes, although we have never had anyone refer to a wall finish as Acrocrete that was not EIFS.
Also, see our blog post What is the difference between EIFS and stucco?
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