Synthetic stucco is now slowly getting popularity because it is cost-effective and durable if properly installed. Also, compared to traditional stucco, eifs stucco sounds hollow when knocked. One common type of synthetic stucco is the EIFS stucco. EIFS stucco stands for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems. It is often referred to as synthetic stucco itself but some individuals say that EIFS is not synthetic stucco but synthetic stucco is only a component of EIFS. Nevertheless, many still consider EIFS stucco as synthetic stucco. Home builders in North America started using synthetic stucco in 1980s in the construction of buildings then later with residential homes.