| One coat "stucco" on foam is
When I bought my
I was under the impression that it would be clad with "stucco".
what their sales documents advertised, anyway. What I got was something
they called one-coat stucco. It is a material
manufactured by Omega
the diamond one-coat system. It uses that styrofoam stuff.
The builder claims it uses a thin coat of cement. They say there
are grooves in the sytrofoam, but when I looked at the Omega web site,
the description doesn't show that. There is what I think is a
screed at the bottom of the wall for removal of moisture. The
of the material looks faulty, since there are many gaps between the
and dissimilar materials, and there are openings in wndow joints
My question is, is
of system reliable? I'm worried that I might have the kind of
encountered by people who have EIFS on their homes.The builder swears
and down that the Omega Diamond system is NOT EIFS.
Any information you
will be greatly appreciated.
Yes, that is EIFS. I hate to make you feel
is styrofoam, regardless of how thick the
Synthetic stucco has a finish material that
made of paint and plastic sand.
This synthetic finish traps moisture
It is fraud to advertise these houses as
They are finally cracking down on some
people here in Virginia, but they will probably never face criminal
like other lying crooks
such as Enron and Worldcom for example.
Thank you. You're
not kidding it
fraud. Luckily, I saved the sales materials that advertised the house as
denial by the Morrison VP that the system is EIFS, I videotaped the
who came to repair the stuff and got him on tape admitting that it
installed correctly and so on. I'm going to do my best to use
against them. Guess my next step is to hire an inspector to see
there is water damage.
I'm in California. I
didn't get a
from a Morrison VP until I sent him an e-mail mentioning the huge Toll
Brothers suit where the builder got nicked by saying it was selling
when it wasn't. Right away he wrote me back saying that it wasn't
EIFS. Unfortunately I have an arbitration agreement on the
sales contract saying any item that relates to the 10 year warranty
be arbitrated. Luckily, stucco is specifically exempted from the
warranty! So they may have outslicked themselves on that
I'll see what an attorney says. Failing that, I'll tell everyone
in my neighborhood. In this state, I'm pretty sure you can
a class for arbitration purposes. I'll bet dollars to doughnuts
in my development knows what they have. I know the same defects
installation are on other houses, since I've looked around the
and I can see the same sorts of things.