I have just recently received confirmation from Toll Bros. that what we
have applied to our house is
traditional hard coat system that includes felt paper,
lath, 2 base coats of a cement, sand and lime mixture, with a thin
finish color coat”. Ours was apparently the third to receive this
exterior after they switched from the
synthetic stucco after
so many complaints. I would gladly pay for your time and opinion
– I am still concerned about what we do actually have and its
I cannot imagine that after the lawsuits they have recently been
with Dryvit, that they would lie about what's on our property, but
would surprise me! I will await your reply or I will call to
an appointment. Thank you for your time.
What you have is one coat "stucco"
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Note that they say it has the strength of
defining their product as something besides
It is a material applied very thin with a
They didn't have plastic sand 100 years
The details such as window surrounds,
are EIFS, (Styrofoam) and are rotting your
If you believe Toll Brothers then you are a
of consumer fraud.
I have tried to present my product, my
and the way I make a
living in a positive manner, trying not to
mouth anyone too much,
but now I am infuriated.
Toll Brothers at least came clean and
money to tear off
the EIFS on 140+ houses in Northern
EIFS rots wood framing, sheathing, etc. by
water in the wall.
The main point that the Toll Brothers
won their suit is
that the houses were falsely advertised as
referring to window surrounds, quoins, etc.
were foam and EIFS,
and not stucco (portland cement plaster).
What were the details replaced with ? Foam
is defined as a custom or quality
passed down from one generation to the next. One coat stucco is
less than 10
years old, a new material that hasn't had
to be passed down to a second generation. The finish coat material is
same acrylic paint
and plastic sand that is used on EIFS.
the rot isn't as severe
with a cementious basecoat as with foam,
certainly is an improvement over flimsy foam, but still the product is
represented as "Traditional stucco" and it
This one coat stucco was called "hard coat"
toll brothers and others
and applied by EIFS contractors-the same
who put EIFS on in
the first place. What makes this
unfair to me, is unfair competition. I have to compete with lower
people applying a
lower installed cost material.
Another large national home builder that
clean and is
replacing EIFS with other materials such as
hardy siding is Pulte Homes. All this was
very quietly with
very little mention in the press. Why?
and Toll Brothers are
large advertisers in the Washington Post.
like the fine magazine
Walls and Ceilings, once the voice of the
what their advertisers, the EIFS
If you want the truth, come here, I don't
any advertisers nor
do I get paid a nickel to publish all this.