EIFS Certification

EIFS Certification

Your EIFS Applicator should be trained and have an EIFS Certification

Keeping up to date on the EIFS industry and it’s ever changing technologies is key to being a good applicator. Building codes are changing from year to year with the ‘Green Moment’ at the fore front of American Building. New standards and technologies are being introduced to the Synthetic Stucco industry like never before. Test data from the Department of Energy indicates Exterior Insulation and Finish System will be a formidable product for years to come to help America reduce its energy consumption from the building sector, which at present uses about 10% of the worlds energy produced.

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How to get Homeowners Insurance for your EIFS home

How to get Homeowners Insurance for your EIFS home

Don’t worry we will show you how to get homeowners insurance for your EIFS home

First of all, don’t listen to all those naysayers out there that are trying to tell you, you can’t get homeowners insurance on your home. The fact is EIFS is a very good product and is on nearly one in three commercial buildings in this country. The folks here at EIFS Repair started getting calls from homeowners that were having problems with this, so we did some research, got on the phones, and this is how to get homeowners insurance for your EIFS home.

Before you buy, you are going to want to invest in an EIFS inspection. This is not done by just any inspector, but by a specially trained EIFS inspector.  Typically this inspection is going to include some sort of moisture testing. Actually, you are going to want to make sure of it. A visual inspection is not enough, you are going to want some numbers and to see where the moisture levels read high, and what percentage of moisture is behind your EIFS if any at all. The thing about the moisture testing is that a lot of the EIFS inspectors use a probed moisture tester, which means the inspector will be drilling a bunch of small holes through your EIFS. These holes must be repaired properly, so that down the road you are not getting moisture from the EIFS inspection itself. There are a few quality moisture testers out now that are prob-less you may want to request this testing devise.  A typical EIFS inspection will cost any where from $500.00 to $1,200.00 depending on where you are located in the country. Another good alternative to the moisture meter testing is to use Thermal Imaging for the test. The Thermal Imaging typically cost a few hundred dollars  more, but is a very good alternative, as it gives you a picture of the troublesome areas for you to look at.

After you have your EIFS inspection complete you will know exactly what repairs need to be done if any, and a you now can call in an EIFS Repair guy to give you an estimate on the repairs. When the EIFS applicator gives you his bid it is a good idea to get him to submit a yearly maintenance schedule for him to come, and do a visual inspection of the caulk and EIFS.  The insurance companies will like to see this.

Now that that the house has passed an EIFS inspection you only need to call the insurance company and get homeowners insurance for your home. Call your insurance company,, and explain what you have done. If they are an insurance company that has a strick policy, and will not cover your home try these insurance companies.

Advanced Insurance of Boca Raton
21845 Powerline Rd, #205
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Contact: Chuck Hemphill
(954) 416-9698
All Risks Ltd
11911 NE 1st St, Suite B-205
Bellevue, WA 98005
Contact: Corky Weber
(425) 372-0038
Alternative Risk Company
PO Box A
Independence, MO 64051
Contact: Chad Brown
(888) 474-1217
BB&T-John Burnham Insurance
750 B Street, Suite 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Contact: Geoffrey Shelton
(619) 525-2883
Bouchard Insurance
101 Starcrest Dr
Clearwater, FL 33765
Contact: Ileane Altamura
(727) 373-2712
Brower Insurance
(all states except Hawaii and Alaska)
409 E. Monument Ave., Ste. 400
Dayton, OH 45402
Contact: Jeff Lightner, CIC, CRIS
(937) 285-8203
Brown & Brown Insurance of Florida
1201 W. Cypress Creek Rd
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Contact: Andrew Noye
(954) 331-1319
Brown & Brown Insurance
1145 Broadway Plaza #700
Tacoma, WA 98402
Contact: Bryan J. Dunn
(253) 335-2427
CRC Insurance Services
One Metroplex Drive, Suite 400
Trussville, AL 35173
Contact: Sherry Curtis

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How to get Homeowners Insurance for your EIFS home
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The new EIFS Water Prevention System ‘ The Turcotte System

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EIFS out preforms brick, stucco, concrete block and cementitious fiber board siding

EIFS out preforms brick, stucco, concrete block and cementitious fiber board siding

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Before you begin your EIFS Repair

Before you begin your EIFS Repair

Before you begin your EIFS Repair it is a good idea to remove the finish coat around the damaged area

There are a couple ways you can remove the layer of finish from the area around the repair. A steel brush can be an effective tool for removing the finish, or a grinder can be used. If a grinder is used it is very important to only remove the layer of finish. It is easy to lose control and grind away the cement base coat and the fiberglass mesh.  Removing the finish coat allows the base coat to transition evenly to the existing material around the damaged area. The process of removing the finish coat only takes a few minutes, and makes a huge difference in the look of the EIFS Repair. Using this technique can be the difference from a professional looking patch, and a unsightly lump of EIFS on a wall.

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EIFS Repair Kit – DIY

EIFS Repair Kit

Do It Yourself EIFS Repair Kit makes doing EIFS Repairs a snap.

With the proper training anyone can do EIFS Repairs on their house or building. The EIFS Repair Kit takes you through step by step and shows you how the professionals do the repairs. It does not matter if you want to repair a weed whacker mishap at the house or a delivery boy running into the entrance way of your building the process is the same to repair them. The Repair Kit comes with detailed instructions, and a helpful DVD to ensure you have all the knowledge you need to complete a professional looking Exterior Insulation and Finish System repair.  The Kit comes with everything you will need to do an EIFS Repair job as well, including the cement mix, mixing container, three different types of finish coat, mixer, mesh, foam, AR glass fibers, wire brush, trowel, float, cover up, tape, gloves. We have pretty much thought of everything you are going to need. The only thing you will need is a drill to mix the EIFS cement with.{httpv://youtu.be/ffFB_rkkyMc} The EIFS Repair Kit works with Dryvit, Senergy, Sto, Master Wall, Parex, or any other synthetic stucco material.

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EIFS Repair Applicator Application

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Buying an EIFS home

Buying an EIFS home

Buying an EIFS home; what to look for

When buying an EIFS home you can real hit a home run if you know what you are looking for. I don’t think it is any secret that the EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) industry has an applicator problem, and that cannot be good. I think most professionals, if not all, would agree that the Exterior Insulation and Finish System product is a very good one, and when applied correctly is an excellent product (The Department of Energy’s testing by Oak Ridge National Laboratory concluded that Exterior insulation and Finish System out preforms brick, stucco, concrete block and cementitious fiber board siding). The question is how can you tell, when buying a Synthetic Stucco home, that the cladding was done correctly. Actually, for the trained eye it is a pretty simple process. There are a few basic things to look for. One of the most important things to look for is kick out flashing. If the house has kick out flashing that Buying a EIFS homeis a real good sign. The second thing to look for is the termination at the grade. The Exterior Insulation and Finish System should be at least 6 inches above grade. If the bottom of the Synthetic Stucco has a weep track then you know the home has a Water Management System. These two things are key to a good job, and when buying a Synthetic Stucco home they are the most important things to look for. The third thing to look for will really tell you that you have a winner, and that is around the windows and doors. The windows and doors should have an expansion joint around them, and the joint should be caulked. That caulk will fail one day, and has to be maintained, but we know that, and that is not really what we are looking for, what we are looking for, is if the Base Coat material goes back to the substrate in the expansion joint. If the material goes back all the way to the substrate, then when that caulk fails, there will not be exposed foam for water to soak into. You can be pretty confident when buying a EIFS home that you have a winner if the windows and doors are done this way.

One of the major things you want to make sure of is that the home has a moisture barrier like tyvek, tar paper, or a painted on barrier. Without a moisture barrier if the system fails it will rot the substrate. This can be very devastating if the substrate is wood. Unfortunately, the only way to know if there is a moisture barrier behind the system is to cut a hole in the system, and take a look. The reason this is so important is that if there is a moisture barrier the only damage will be to the Synthetic Stucco, and not to the substrate, so you will know what you are getting into for repairs, and not have major surprises trying to replace the substrate, and even the structure itself.

In closing, with an educated buyer the product can be a very attractive investment. If you can find an Exterior Insulation and Finish System home that was built by a high quality contractor that knew what they were doing, and did not cut any corners, you can buy a really great home for a steal of a deal. The problems in the residential Synthetic Stucco industry have lowered the prices of these homes, and for the ones that were done correctly they are very much worth the investment.

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EIFS Repair Ohio

EIFS Repair Ohio

Our EIFS Repair Ohio covers pretty much the entire state

All your EIFS Repairs can be handled by our trained EIFS professionals in Ohio. Our EIFS Repair Ohio area covers the cities of Akron, Chesapeake, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Middlefield, Sharonville, Springboro, Toledo, Youngstown and their surrounding areas. There is a vast area in Ohio that has our trained EIFS applicators. If you are within 100 miles of any one of these cities you are likely in our Ohio coverage area, and if not, we still might be able to get our EIFS professionals to you; so do not hesitate to call us.

If you are in our EIFS Repair Ohio coverage area and would like someone to come out and take a look at your EIFS repairs please fill out our EIFS Repair Form and include a date that will work best for you to have someone come out and go over everything with you regarding your EIFS repairs.

If you are a ‘do it yourself’ type, and are in our Ohio coverage area you can purchase our EIFS Repair Kit and fix your EIFS repairs yourself.

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Kick out Flashing – EIFS

Kick out Flashing – EIFS

Kick out Flashing is a very important factor in Exterior Insulation and Finish System

Kick out flashing is something I find myself talking about a lot when we are talking EIFS, and residential applications. When the roof of a house with EIFS cladding terminates into the wall there is always flashing there which is good, but traditional Kick out Flashingflashing will not cut it when it comes to EIFS, and I will tell you why. Traditionally the water will run down the roof in the flashing installed, but at the end of the roof the water drops into the gutters,unless you installed an 1″ or 2″ of foam to the OSB of the house. That would make the traditional flashing flawed where the flashing actually drains the water right to the back side of the foam. This is where a kick out flashing comes in. You will take the stamped metal kick out flashing and tuck it under the existing flashing. The existing flashing will have to be pulled up with out damaging the existing shingles. The kick out flashing should slide up under the existing shingles for at least 8 inches. With the new flashing in place the water runs down the roof and into the kick out flashing with diverts the water into the Kick Out Flashing EIFSgutter instead of just running of the edge of the roof. I have included a picture of a typical kick out flashing, so you can get an idea of what one looks like and where to look for the kick out flashing’s on your house. Something note worthy to say is that your EIFS should always be held up from the roof line about 2 inches and a weep track is used at the roof line. When installing along a roof line you would run a chalk line 2 inches above the the shingles and screw the weep track on the line. Then your stucco home wrap is applied to the wall and down into the track, that way if any moisture gets behind the foam it will run down the Stucco Home Wrap into the track, and out the weep holes.   When the EIFS industry broke into the residential market in the 80’s very few EIFS applicators knew about or were using the kick out flashing. This was something new to the applicator as most commercial buildings have a flat roof and use a metal copping to seal the EIFS at the roof. For this reason alone is the main reason that EIFS is known as a great commercial product but not so good as a residential application, but I will tell you that when properly installed the EIFS product is one of the best products available today. That is even more true today than ever before with the new advancements in EIFS technology, and the fact that the price of the product is much lower today, than ever before, there is no reason that everyone should not have an absolutely beautiful product on their house like EIFS.

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