EIFS Stucco – Choosing a Contractor
One of the best
recommendations when it comes to choosing an Exterior Insulation Finish System
(EIFS) contractor, is understanding what you want for your project and how to
get your desired results.
If your home or building is
new construction, have the professional installer involved in the design stage
of your project. An experienced EIFS contractor can save you thousands of
dollars in costly design alterations in the field.
If your home or building has
an Exterior Insulation Finish System, sometimes referred to as synthetic
stucco, and needs repair, keep in mind, it has failed for a reason. The system
in itself doesn’t fail: the materials designed to protect the system fail.
These materials include flashing, proper sealant, expansion joints, and
drainage vents. The system also has to be properly installed to ensure its
integrity and longevity. Touching up the system may make your cladding
aesthetically pleasing but something had to have failed for the system to need
repair. And that something will continue to wreak havoc.
Here are some tips to follow
when choosing a EIFS contractor:
Choose a contractor that is
experienced. Some inexperienced contractors may talk a good talk, but if they
aren’t experienced in synthetic stucco, they’re installation will take longer
and is destined to fail in a few years.
Ask for references. A
contractor that does good work will have no problem providing references of
Ensure the contractor is
certified in the product they are using. This is important because if they are
not trained by the manufacturer and are not up to date on applications and
changes to installation, they could have good intentions but install
inadequate, unprotected systems.
The contractor needs to be knowledgeable on:
The type of substrate the cladding will be applied.
The Water Resistant Barrier application.
The vertical adhesive beads for drainage.
Application of EPS foam.
Base coat and fiberglass mesh over foam.
Application of finish coat.
Throughout the application, installing flashing, expansion joints, sealant, and drain vents as needed.
Also know the manufacturers guidelines for proper installation.
Throughout the application,
installing flashing, expansion joints, sealant, and drain vents as needed.
Also know the manufacturers
guidelines for proper installation.
Hiring an experienced
certified installer will give you peace of mind that the job is being installed
correctly, at each step of the way.
When using a professional contractor, expect to make payments
throughout the installation of your project. Usually, after the estimate, a
small deposit upfront, to be put on the contractors schedule. A payment to
start the project, a payment mid-way, and a final payment upon completion.
Aside from saving money on
supplies and materials, there’s a bigger way that a professional contractor
saves you money. A job well done is money well spent. But a job that’s
half-done or one where the work is performed inadequately can cost you double
in the long run; once you factor in repairs.