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

Our ultimate EIFS Tool Kit for Plastering for sale

This kit comes with the perfect set of tools you will need to do EIFS plastering and is priced to sell. Click the buy now button to purchase the 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

EIFS Contractor – Report an EIFS Contractor

EIFS Contractor Problems ?

Is your EIFS project getting done correctly? If not, report the EIFS contractor with our new App.

The EIFS industry has had some problems over the years and a lot of it has to do with applicators not applying the product correctly. With this new App we are giving the knowledge of how an EIFS job is suppose to be done to the owners and contractors that are hiring the EIFS applicators, so they can keep them in check and find out if the applicator they have hired is applying the EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) correctly. Download our EIFS reference guide from our Facebook page which will give you a good basic idea of how the product should be installed. Of course the guide does not cover every situation you may come across in the field, but it does cover the basics and gives home and business owners the knowledge they may need to ask the right questions to their EIFS applicators.

How the App works. The App allows you to to take an image or a short video of the work in question, the job location, contact information and send it in a report. Then it will be reviewed and someone will get ahold of you to discuss the project and the application of the product. Every project is different and each one is handled according to the situation. It may be handled with a simple phone call or email or someone may come out and meet with you at the job site.

App presented by eifs.guru and Corey Turcotte. Check out our other EIFS Apps including our newest App – EIFS Visual Inspection – which will guide you through a do it yourself visual inspection of your home. Don’t for get to download our EIFS Repair App which will help you get in contact with an EIFS Repair professional.

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EIFS Contractor  Problems ? – Report an EIFS Contractor

Dryvit Repair

Dryvit ® Repair

Are you looking to get your Dryvit ® Repaired?

We specialize in repairing Dryvit ®, also know as EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) or synthetic stucco. Our service area includes Southeastern Michigan and Toledo Ohio. Unlike other companies repairing EIFS (exterior Insulation and Finish System) is the only think we do. If you don’t do something every day for a living you are not the experts. We have be repairing Dryvit for a living for over 15 years and have been in the industry for over 25 years.

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What makes us stand out from the competition is the fact we do it all. We will remove the the existing damaged EIFS all the way to the studs and replace it. Including the OSB or Fiberglass board.   We install the liquid moisture barrier and apply the EIFS. Then we call caulk the windows and doors. We can remove windows and doors. We address flashing issues. We also paint with Dryvit brand paint which is a superior product when painting Dryvit.

Most customers don’t realize that after the Dryvit is complete all the windows and doors will have at least a five eights of an inch gap around them. This is a Dryvit spec for movement. This gap need to be caulked. Typically it will have a closed cell backer rod placed in the gap and caulk applied over the backer rod. Some, contractors will not put an expansion around the doors and windows because they do not want to explain why there is a gap around the windows and doors they they do not caulk, but not having the proper expansion causes problems down the road when there is no room for movement.

Dryvit is a register trade mark of Dryvit Systems, Inc. and we are in no way affiliated with Dryvit.

 

 

Dryvit Repair

Dryvit Repair

EIFS minimum requirement for EPS Foam thickness

EIFS minimum requirement for EPS Foam thickness

Did you know there is a EIFS minimum requirement for EPS Foam thickness?

You may be under the EIFS minimum requirement for EPS Foam thickness because of a industry shift from 1 1/2″ foam to a 1″ foam standard. With the rising cost of material we have found that many EIFS contractors are pushing 1″ foam. In years past the norm was an 1 1/2″ of foam. Read more EIFS minimum requirement for EPS Foam thickness

Another EIFS Season Starting Soon

Another EIFS Season Starting Soon

Just around the corner is another EIFS  Season.

We are getting prepared for another EIFS season. We are already starting to book up quick which is a really good thing. Make sure you call to schedule your repairs. This season is sure to be busy. Read more Another EIFS Season Starting Soon

EIFS Visual Inspection

EIFS Visual Inspection

A DIY Mobile App to help you preform an EIFS Visual Inspection

Our Mobile App is near completion. This new APP will help you with your EIFS Visual Inspection using images and video clips to walk you through the most common things to look for when doing a visual inspection of you EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System). Read more EIFS Visual Inspection

EIFS Preparations for Rough Openings Specification

EIFS Preparations for Rough Openings Specification

A complete overview of EIFS Preparations for Rough Openings Specification

 

In this post we are going to take a look at EIFS Preparations for Rough Openings Specification. Rough openings are normally thought of as door and  windows openings, but what also falls into this spec are expansion joints and the top of parapet walls. Dryvit’s Aqua Flash is applied to the jam. Read more EIFS Preparations for Rough Openings Specification

Why most EIFS contractors are doing it wrong

Why are most EIFS contractors are doing it wrong

There is a very simple reason why most EIFS contractors are doing it wrong

The main reason EIFS contractors are not doing EIFS the right way is that it cost a lot more money to do it right. There are a hundred things you could leave off, and not even do on an EIFS job to make your life easier as a contractor. Treating the windows and doors before the foam is stuck is a very time consuming job, not to mention the cost of using all the right material. Read more Why most EIFS contractors are doing it wrong