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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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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about STUCCO:

Do stucco walls mean a house is concrete block?

What causes raised white lines of residue on a block wall that are crusty and crumbling? 

Why is my stucco cracking?

What is the average life expectancy of stucco? 

How can I tell if a crack in a stucco wall is a structural problem and what is causing it?

• Is the stucco on a wood frame house allowed to extend down into the ground? 

   Visit our STUCCO page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.

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