Getting an EIFS patch to look right

EIFS Repair Tip Of The Day for 3-22-2011

Getting an EIFS patch to look right. How to repair EIFS

One of the keys to getting an EIFS patch to look right is to make sure the patch is feathered in correctly. The patch will stick out from the wall slightly more than the rest of the wall which may not seem like a big deal, but when the sun shines on it the patch will stick out like a sore thumb. The key to preventing this from happening is to use a paint brush to feather your brown mud out past the actual patched area a few inches in all directions. Then when the finish is run the same thing is done. The finish should be feathered a few inches into the existing finish then lightly hit with the float to knock down any high spots. It is important to get a real good texture and color match for best results.

The only other way to do an EIFS Patch in the middle of the wall and have it look alright is to tape off the area to be repaired in a square block. Do the repair and pull the tape after you run the finish coat. The repair will look nice and square like you planned it to look like that, but this technique will show an obvious patch.

Running the EIFS coast to coast (from stopping point to stopping point) can be very expensive on large walls so it is practical to do the EIFS repairs in many situations.

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Repairing EIFS | Exterior Insulation and Finish System

EIFS Repair Tip Of The Day for 3-20-2011

Repairing EIFS | Exterior Insulation and Finish System

There are two ways to repair Synthetic Stucco, one is to patch the damaged area only and the other is to repair from coast-to-coast. What I mean by coast-to-coast is from corner to corner or V groove to V groove. When you repair an entire area coast-to-coast, it is much easier to make it look like new again. When you patch an area in the middle of the wall without going coast-to-coast it is near impossible to make it look new again. You will always see the patch no matter what you do.  So, best practice is to go coast-to-coast with all your Exterior Insulation and Finish System repairs. Matching the color exactly is very difficult as well. After you finish your jobs you should always leave the owner some of the color so they can match it for repairs down the road. Architects and owners should keep in mind when designing that if repairs are to be done latter you will not want to redo entire walls for small repairs and add V grooves to the design. V-grooves can break the wall up into more manageable and cost effective areas to repair if and when the time comes.

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If you are the type of person that would not do your own repair you can always give us a call and we will come out and take a look at it for you and see what we can do to fix it. We service Southeast Michigan and would love to come out for a free estimate. We provide repairs and moisture testing services.

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Expanded polystyrene (EPS) Foam Shapes

EIFS Repair Tip Of The Day for 3-17-2011

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) Foam Shapes

Working with EPS foam has come a long way in the last 10 years or so. Now, a sophisticated machine uses CAD drawings to cut the foam into any shape you would like. Some of the more common shapes used for EIFS are; window and door trim, EIFS EPS Foam shapes columns and column bases, and crown molding. But, it does not stop there you can really get creative with it.  I have done store names, addresses, and logo’s engraved into the wall. And, to many shapes and fancy designs to list here. I guess that’s the beauty of EIFS, how you can do anything with it you like.

 

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Rasping the EPS Foam

EIFS Repair Tip Of The Day for 3-15-2011

Rasping EIFS expanded polystyrene EPS Foam

Rasping the foam is the same thing as sanding the foam. There are basicly two types of rasps for sanding expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. One is the standard wooden rasp that sandpaper is attached to and the other is a metal rasp that has metal flakes welded to it to create a 12 grit sandpaper. The DuraRasp from demand products is aEIFS Repair DuraRasp EPS Foam very good rasp. They last forever. Here is a quick how to rasp; when rasping the expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam the EIFS applicator wants to rasp in circles. Never rasp up and down or straight across or you will dig holes in the foam. As an EIFS applicator you could imagine how you could really mess a expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam wall up with one of these metal rasps. Rasping in large circles makes it easy to sand the wal even. After completing the wall it is a good idea to go over the wall or section you are working on with a large half moon motion from your toes to above your head. This will make sure you sanded level and smooth. There is nothing worse than getting all done with your job and having it look all wavy.

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Expanded polystyrene (EPS) | EIFS

EIFS Repair Tip Of The Day for 3-14-2011

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) Foam

The Expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam is used in the EIFS process because it is a good insulator and is easy to work with. The EPS foam can be sanded easily which makes it a perfect fit for the EIFS industry. High spots in an EPS foam wall can be sanded down to level the entire wall. The R-value of the EPS foam is about R3 per inch.

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Keeping your tools clean

EIFS Repair Tip Of The Day for 3-11-2011

Keeping your tools clean.

For an EIFS applicator it can be hard to keep the tools clean. On a really hot day it only takes a matter of minutes for the alpha base coat or finish coat to dry up on the tools. After the material is dry on the tools it is a task to get it off. There is an easy fix to this problem. Simply carry a bottle of WD-40 with you and spray the back side of your hawk and trowel with it. The base coat or finish will dry on the tools but it scraps right off. With a layer of oil between the trowel and the mud it allows the mud to fall right off very easily.

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EIFS foam cutting | Hot Knife / Groover

EIFS Repair Tip Of The Day for 3-10-2011

Cutting Foam with a Hot Groover

A Hot Groover or Hot Knife is an essential tool for every EIFS guy. When it comes time to cut the expansions in the EPS foam a Hot Groover is the only way to go. A quick layout of the lines with caulk EIFS | Hot Groover / Hot Knifelines and you are ready to go. Simply set a level on the caulk line and run the Hot Groover along the level and, voila, a perfect groove every time. No more hand cutting or messy routers.

 

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A good plasterer will use a Curry Trowel | EIFS

EIFS Repair ‘Tip Of The Day’ for 3-9-2011

A good plasterer will use a Curry trowel.

It is pretty common knowledge that Curry trowels are the best, well at least to all of us season vets of the plastering industry outEIFS Repair Curry Trowel there.  For everyone one else take my word for it, there is no better trowel on the market. If you are a EIFS guy, and you don’t have a Curry trowel in your tool bucket, then get you one you’ll love it. I personal use a 14 x 5 Curry Finishing Trowel which in my option is the perfect sized trowel for EIFS. It takes several months to break in a new trowel but after that you are golden with one of these trowels. It does not matter if you use Dryvit, Senergy, Master Wall, Sto or any other material a Curry trowel works the best with them all.

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A tool every EIFS guy should have

A tool every EIFS guy should have

EIFS Repair ‘Tip Of The Day’ 3-8-2011

When it comes to the bottom of the building where it meets the ground or the concrete or even a roof line. I always see rough looking edges instead of a nice clean edge. If you use this tool you will never have a rough looking bottom edge again. The reason the edge looks so bad is that a normal corner tool will not fit at the bottom. With the Wind lock 45 degree corner tool you will have great looking edges every time. You do have to buy a left and right 45 degree corner tool.

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EIFS Repair Job Site Change Orders

EIFS Repair Tip Of The Day for 3-7-2011

Keeping Change orders with you on the job site.

It never fails, your on a job, and the contractor wants to add something. “Don’t worry I will take care of you just do this asap please” he tells you. Well, that is when a change order comes in handy, right when he needs something done, and will sign a change order to pay for it, just because, he needs it done. I know this is not something that just happens in the EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) industry but it happens on every construction site with every trade. I can not tell you how many times I have done something without a change order and then never got payment for it. Now with change orders in the truck at all time I get paid for all my extras thrown in along the way. You would be amazed at how many must have done little projects got forgotten after the change order came out. Sounded like they would die if I did not do it but now that they have to pay for it it is all of a sudden not so important.

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