How to repair EIFS

How to Repair EIFS

Best practices on how to repair EIFS

Repairing EIFS for the most part should be left to the professionals, but as it would have it the professionals that are actually willing to do EIFS repairs or know how to repair EIFS are far and few between. For that reason we have designed the original EIFS Repair Kit and supply instructions on how to get your repair done like a pro. The kit How to repair EIFScomes with everything you will need to complete a few small repairs. When working with Synthetic Stucco it is important to have patience. It takes some time to get it just right. I would start with a repair that is not out in plane sight. You may want to start with a patch behind a tree or something. You are not going to do a perfect looking patch the very first time. It may take a time or two to get good at it. The kit comes with all the materials you will need and a few tools. What type of repairs should you try to do yourself? The best idea is to stay to the small repairs anything to big should be felt for a pro. I would think bird holes, minor cracks, minor flaking and minor hail damage are good examples of repairs you might take on yourself. If you are planing on doing a Synthetic Stucco repair yourself the best place to start is by purchasing the kit. I would recommend reading all the instruction before attempting to do the repair. After you have read all the instructions bring the quick reference guide with you when doing the repair. The process is done one step at a time so it is pretty easy to stay focused on what you are doing and not get overwhelmed.

 

How to repair EIFS

Repair holes in EIFS

Repair holes in EIFS

Why is it important to repair holes in EIFS?

Repair holes in EIFSIt is important to repair holes in EIFS sooner than later. Obviously, the holes in your home look terrible, but besides aesthetically, there are other reasons to get those repairs done right away. Every time it rains there is moisture penetrating the system through the holes. Any time you have moisture behind a portland based cement product it is not a good thing. Water is a powerful thing that can create a lot of problems over time. It really depends on the substrate and the moisture barrier to determine how much damage will occur. Most homes will have a substrate of OSB and a moisture barrier of some kind of cloth based barrier. This combination is something of a concern when you have holes in the exterior cladding, as moisture is absorbed by the foam and the cloth barrier has holes in it from installing the barrier itself and the mechanical fasteners that are used to install the foam, so the cloth barrier has many holes in it which are allowing moisture to penetrate the wood substrate. Behind the system there is no air flow, so the moisture is festering in and around the wood and given time is going to rot the wood. Leaving a few small holes around the house can cause some problems down the road. The winters here in Michigan are the worst for causing damage when there is moisture behind the system. Every time it freezes and thaws the moisture absorbed by the foam expands and contracts breaking down the cement coat a little at a time. After a bunch of freezes and thaws over the winter the layers of Alpha Base Coat weaken and eventually start to crack and even delaminate. Exterior Insulation and Finish system (EIFS) also known as Synthetic stucco or Dryvit ®.

Repair holes in EIFS

 

EIFS Repair Contractors Michigan

EIFS Repair Contractors Michigan

Are you having trouble finding EIFS Repair Contractors in Michigan

One of the most common things we hear from our customers is that they had a hard time finding EIFS Repair contractors in Michigan. There are a few reasons for this. The first reason is that most contractors don’t want to take on small jobs they would rather take on the bigger full installs rather than a small repair. Not to say that all repairs are small, but a good majority of them are. Another reason you will have a hard time finding someone to take on a repair is that the repairs are much harder to than a full install. With a full install you know exactly whaCarpenter Working.svg.thumbt your getting into, but with a repair you never know what might be in behind there. You would be surprised what some contractors do, and with a repair you might get into a lot more than you bargained for without even realizing it. With that being said it makes it very difficult to bid the repairs. You can not be sure what was done before you got there until you start pulling it off the wall. No body is going to leave the bid open ended until you pull everything off the wall. One of the main reasons it is hard to find a good Synthetic Stucco repair guy in MI is that it takes a high level of skill to come in and fix someone else’s mistakes. It’s pretty straight forward installing a product from scratch over an approved substrata, but when something goes wrong and it breaks down that’s when you need to call in the experts.  EIFS repair contractors Michigan Not all repairs are rocket science, but when it comes to fixing something that is broke most contractors will pass that up for something easier. It’s pretty hard to make a repair look really good as well. When a home owner needs a repair on their house they want it to look perfect. after all this is their home. It is near impossible to make a Exterior Insulation and Finish System repair look perfect that’s for sure. Trust me we have been doing home repairs on Synthetic Stucco for over 25 years. You can really make a mess out of it if you are not one of the absolute best in the business and have some patience. You can be very good with a trowel and even one of the best plasterers around, but without patience you will not be good at repairs. Most contractors have the go go go attitude. The more square footage we get done the more money we make, but with repairs it is much different. The first thing I always say with repairs is slow down. Let’s figure why this happened. Then figure out a plan of attack, and then adjust that plan as we get into.  Speed has no business in repairs. If you have ever worked for any plastering contractor I don’t think you will hear the words slow down too often. It takes a special type of person to do repairs and as a contractor most of your guys will not be cut out for it, so why would you take on the repairs. Less money, takes more time, and the guys hate doing them because they are so difficult.

Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) also known as Synthetic Stucco or Dryvit ®

EIFS Repair Contractors Michigan

Plastering Trowel

Plastering Trowel

EIFS premium plastering trowel

This premium plastering trowel is the perfect trowel for any professional plasterer. I have been plastering of over 25 years and this trowel is the best trowel you have used. This stainless steel trowel will feel great in your hand. We went with a wooden handle because it just feels better in your hand. This is a 12 inch trowel with the high quality stainless Plastering Trowelsteel. This trowel is featured in our EIFS Tool Kit. The tools in the kit are tested by Exterior Insulation and Finish System professionals and they work. Every journeyman that has used these tools have loved them. You will be pleased with this trowel. For most of us an old trowel is like a old pair of shoes. It’s comfortable and broke in just right. The most important tool in a plasterers tool bag is his trowel, so when you buy a new trowel buy one that other master plasterers recommend, and this is that trowel. This trowel is great for base coat and for the finish coat. The more you use your trowel the sharper it gets. It actually gets sharp enough to cut the fiberglass mesh and can give you a nasty cut. One of the most important things is to keep your trowel clean. A clean trowel, and for that matter clean tools in general are better tools. It is much easier to get a nice smooth wall with clean tools. This plastering trowel is perfect for EIFS (aka synthetic stucco), stucco, and putty coating. I have been an EIFS applicator for over 25 years and this trowel works great when applying Exterior Insulation and Finish System, but it also will work perfectly for all the trowel trades.

Trowel Specifications:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Wooden Handle
  • 12″ x 5″
  • 1 lbs

Used for EIFS – Synthetic Stucco – Plaster – Stucco – Putty Coat

Plastering Trowel

EIFS Tool Kit for Plastering

EIFS Tool Kit for Plastering

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The kit comes with:

  • one stainless steel premium plastering trowel 12″ x 5″
  • one float
  • one margin trowel
  • one 1″ outside corner tool
  • one 1 1/2″ outside corner tool
  • one 12″ Hawk
  • one bucket brush
  • one tool bag

Obviously, there are other tools we could have put in here, but we wanted to have the tools most plasterers wanted in the kit, so we asked you, and here is what we found everyone wanted in the kit. These are the essential tools that every plasterer needs, and wants, at an affordable price. The tools in this kit are all top notch tools that will last. The trowels are of the best quality, and the rivets will not pop before you can break this trowel in like some other trowels out there. Same with the hawk. I have used some hawks that fall apart in a few days of normal use. These hawks are made to last. Of course, we don’t want you beating them with a hammer, but under normal use if you are diligent with keeping it clean it, will last a good while. That is the reason the kit comes with a bucket brush. Not to clean bucket necessarily, but to keep your tools clean. It is very important to keep your tools clean if you want to have tools that last for years.

Plastering Trowel

Stainless Steel Premium Trowel: These trowels are used by professional Exterior Insulation and Finish System applicators with 20+ years of experience and they really like them. We have not had anyone say they don’t like the trowels. Everyone loves them.

 

 

EIFS FloatFloat: The plastic float is an important part of making the job look great. After troweling the finish coat on the float is used to lay down the finish. Having a clean flat float is key to any good plasterers tool bag.

 

 

margin trowelMargin Trowel: Most plasterers carry a margin trowel around with them all day. A margin trowel is a great trowel to get in those hard to get areas. It also works great to scrap off excess mud from the back of your trowel between cleanings.

 

 

outside corner trowelOutside Corner Tools: We could have included more corner tools, but honestly the most used corner tools and the one inch and the inch and a half, so that is what we have included in the kit to keep the cost down. We did not want to include a bunch of tools you would not you every day. We did not include any inside corners because lets face it most journeyman plasterers do not have a problem making inside corners look great with just a trowel.

Plastering Hawk

 

Hawk: We went with an aluminum 12″ hawk because it keeps the cost down and it is the best to use with a 12″ trowel. We used to all use a huge 14″ trowel and hawk back in the day, but now that we all have bad wrists and elbows from trying to kill ourselves I think most of us realize a 12″ trowel is a little more practical for the long haul.

 

 

Bucket Cleaning Brush

Bucket Brush: It’s obvious job is cleaning buckets, so you can use them to make more mud, but more importantly this brush is used to keep your tools clean and is carried with you in a bucket of water while you work, as to clean your tools frequently.

 

 

EIFS tool kit for plastering

 

Tool Bag: Is used to transport the tools to and from the job site. This heavy duty tool bag will serve you well.

 

 

EIFS Tool Kit for Plastering