EIFS (Exterior insulation and Finish Systems) also known as synthetic stucco.
That was a quick overview of the EIFS process
Kick out flashing is a very important part of the EIFS install that seems to be over looked by contractors. We have an article explaining kick out flashing including what it is used for and how it should be installed.
Another important aspect of an EIFS installation is a water drainage system which we have covered in depth for you in a separate article as well. The Water Drainage System is very important to get right because if you don’t the substrate of the structure could be damaged if it is not used. We have taken the Water Management System on huge step further with our Water Prevention System.
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.
Corey Turcotte, eifsrepair.info, A display of current Certifications by Industry leading manufactures and Universities including BASF, Dryvit, Senergy, Master Wall, Parex, Build Design plus Construction University, and Hanley Wood University
An Overview of Pest Bird Deterrent Systems Certification
An overview of bird deterrent products, along with the characteristics of common pest birds, bird problem assessment, and the issues and concerns associated with the roosting and nesting of pest birds.
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 flashing 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 gutter 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.
First of all, let me thank you for stopping by EIFS Repair and checking our new EIFS Repair Training program. As we always do here at EIFS Repair we listen, and respond. We have had some feedback on the EIFS Repair Kits and it was that businesses wanted training for their employees, so we are now introducing the all new EIFS Repair Training program. The training is done in a couple different ways. One is that we do the training here in our facility in Michigan, and the other is that customer fly’s one of our EIFS professionals out, and they do the training on their site.
The EIFS Repair Training will be done by an EIFS expert with at least 20 years hands-on experience in the EIFS industry. All of our trainers are a master plasterer, which means they have been journeymen plasterers for over ten years. The training will cover everything to look for when doing EIFS Repairs, the EIFS process, and proper installation of the EIFS product. We will cover the most common problems that you will find, and those little things that EIFS contractors just hate to do. The training will teach you how to spot them, and fix them without breaking the bank.
The training will begin with about an hour of explanation of EIFS, and the EIFS process. Then we will talk about the EIFS Repair Kit, how it works, and the tools involved. The EIFS Repair Training, for the most part, will be hands-on training, with a few mock ups of some typical repairs you would see in the field. With these pre-made damaged EIFS samples the trainee has the opportunity to do an EIFS repair for themselves to get a real feel of the EIFS Repair process. Believe it or not, the EIFS Repair process is more of an art than anything else. We believe that there is no better way to learn how to do a good quality EIFS repair than to have one of our experts walk you through it in our new EIFS Repair Training program. The amount of information and specialized training, you could not learn anywhere else, is second to none when you spend the day with one of your EIFS trainers.
The EIFS Repair Training Program comes with a helpful guide you can leave with your employees to refer back to when doing the EIFS repairs in the field. This helpful guide has a overview of the EIFS process step-by-step and the common EIFS Repair things to look for and how to address them.
The EIFS Repair Training Program at a glance
Overview of the EIFS Process
Windows and Doors
The EIFS Repair Kit
The EIFS Repair Training is a one day class, and it is scheduled for 5 hours. Typically we start the classes at 11 am and they go through to about 5 pm with a lunch break at 1pm. The time schedule is completely flexible and can be tailor around your company needs. Fill out our EIFS Repair Training Form and please include your estimated training date, your company name and a working number for us to get back to you.
Our EIFS Repair Training is a flat rate of $800.00. If you attend our EIFS Repair Training here in Michigan that would be your total cost, but if you are out of State you would pay to fly our training to you. The trainer would be flown out the day before the training to have time to setup. The trainer would not be flying with our mockup EIFS samples for the hands on part of the program so the trainer would build the mockups the day before at your facility. Our out of State customers have an extra material cost of $200.00, the extra cost of a round trip air flight for our trainer, and a one night stay at a local hotel. The bottom line for our out of State customers is $1,100.00 plus a round trip flight from DTW.
The EIFS Training is for all Synthetic Stucco, Dryvit, Senergy Sto, Master Wall, and Parex.
The importance of the Fiberglass Mesh in your EIFS Repair Kit
The Fiberglass Mesh keeps the EIFS cement from cracking. The EIFS cement coat is only 1/8 inch thick and would crack without the fiberglass mesh. The mesh gives the EIFS System strength and with it being fiberglass it has a heck of a lot of flexibility as well. When applying the fiberglass mesh you must overlap the mesh at least 2 inches and the entire foam has to be covered with mesh. Any places that are not covered with mesh are going to crack and spider over time. The Fiberglas mesh is also used before the foam is applied as a back wrap for all the windows and doors. A 9 inch ripe of fiberglass mesh is stapled round each window and door with the mesh face out toward the window or door. Then the foam is fastened over the mesh and the over hanging 7 inches of mesh is wrapped back up onto the foam with the base coat. This method is called backing wrapping. Back wrapping is very important to help water and moisture from penetrating the EIFS System.
Note: EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) Repair – The Do it Yourself EIFS Repair Kit; for all Synthetic Stucco including Dryvit, Senergy, Sto, Parex, Master Wall
Fiberglass Mesh – EIFS Repair Kit – EIFS – Exterior Insulation and Finish System – Synthetic Stucco
An EIFS Applicator relies on his Paint Brush when doing repairs to feature the EIFS material into the existing wall.
EIFS Repairs and your paint brush explained by an EIFS Applicator
A good EIFS Applicator knows your paint brush is used in just about every EIFS repair or patch. I always feather the base coat and finish coat into the existing EIFS material to obtain a smooth transition from the repair to the existing wall. The one major down fall of EIFS repair is they can been seen in certain light and at times can really look pretty bad. And it can be that the person doing the repair does not know what they are doing or that they did not take the time to get it right. But even when a professional takes his time and everything is done right it can still look pretty bad in the right sun light. One of the most important ways to make sure you are going to make your EIFS patch look it’s best is to feather out the base coat and the finish coat so it is a seamless transition from the patch to the existing EIFS. When using you paint brush you want to brush out away from the patch. The goal is to take away the edge of cement and feather it out. To explain further, we taped off the area when it is ready for base coat and apply the cement mix to the patch. Then pull the tape off and you have a perfectly square patch. Now, you will apply another round of tape about 1 -2 inches from your perfectly square EIFS patch. Take take your paint brush and feather the edge of the EIFS material out to the new round of tape. This will still give you a nice square professional looking patch but very smooth and it will be much harder to see the transition from the existing EIFS to your patch. When you do the Finish coat I like to do the same thing. Keep in mind that you only have so long to work with the finish before it starts to dry and if you continue to mess with the finish coat after it begins to dry you will burn it. Which means you have continued to float the finish after it has begun to dry and that really looks bad and there is really no way to fix it besides letting it dry and doing it again. So, be careful when doing the finish coat. Note: If is 90 degrees and you are doing a patch in the direct sun do not even try to do the second layer of tape.
Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) – These system will work with Senergy, Dryvit, Sto, Parex and pretty much any Synthetic Stucco repair
EIFS Applicator – EIFS Repair – The Do It Yourself EIFS Repair Kit
We have been getting a lot of calls from out of state with customers that want there buildings and houses repaired, but unfortunately, can not find anyone to do the work, and they have no idea how to do it themselves. Well, those days are over because we listened, and now we have a great new EIFS Repair Kit. The kit includes 4.5 lbs of our specially blended fiber glass based EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) material, mix container, stir paddle, trowel, float, gloves, paint brush, razor knife, foam, fiberglass mesh, AR glass fibers, 3.5 lbs. Fine Finish, 3.5lbs. Medium Finish, 3.5lbs. Coarse Finish, install instructions, and a helpful DVD to watch before doing your repair. You will have enough material to cover approximately 5 Sq. Ft. of Exterior Insulation and Finish System repairs. Patching your Synthetic stucco has never been easier with the new Repair Kit. How to patch stucco.
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Note: The DIY Repair kit works with all brands of EIFS / Synthetic Stucco including Dryvit, Senergy EIFS, STO, Master Wall, etc.
We have been Exterior Insulation and Finish System repairs in Southeastern Michigan for over 26 years. We know why, when and how the system fails. Over the years we have seen it all.We have put this kit together from years of experience and testing. We have laterally written the book on the subject. With at least 12 classes and certifications on the subject you have someone that has put the time into being educated on the subject and the hands on experience of working in the field. Normally you are getting one or the other it is rare when you find both and that’s what you are getting when you buy the kit. Someone that has both the education and the hands on knowledge of a master of the industry. We have tested the methods and materials of this kit in the field our self literally hundreds of times and made tweaks and changes until it is a perfect kit for small home repairs like woodpecker holes.
The kit comes with 3 standard textures of finish which are fine finish, medium finish and coarse finish. Between the 3 we cover most all texture types. You will have to determine which texture is going to be best for your project. Picking the right texture is critical to having a nice looking patch when it is all finished. Remember that after your patch is completed you are going to paint the patch with paint you have matched at your local paint store. When you paint over the Synthetic Stucco it loses some of it’s texture. So, if you are stuck between a fine finish and a medium then go with the medium and after it is painted it will look more like the fine. We call those textures tweeners, because they are in between textures and are a real pain even for the pros, just do your best. There’s nothing more you can do.
The base coat in the kit takes a long time to setup, so you have plenty of time to use it at least 45 to an hour. On a real hot day though you can cut that in half. Always use cold water to make your mix. The most important part about the cement coat is to get it as smooth as possible. The finish coat is only a sixteenth of an inch thick so it will not cover to much. It is easier to run the classic finish as it is the thickest. That being said the fine finish is the hardest to make look good. Bottom line the better your base coat looks the better your patch will look.
The fiberglass mesh is important for you patch. If you don’t use the mesh the cement coat will crack. The fiberglass mesh is embedded into the base coat.
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Exterior Insulation and Finish System Installation Process
Determining what moisture barrier product to use
There are several moisture barrier products out there these days and determining which one to use has a lot to do with what type of EIFS application you are going to be using. Are you going to be applying over OSB, Brick, a Block wall. The budget can also a determining factor. There are two good products which are; a rolled on air and moisture barrier and a wrap. The wrap is known as StuccoWrap® which is a lot like traditional Tyvek® , but it has ridges in it to help drain moisture. And the rolled application which all manufacturers have a version of. I personal like to use Senergy’s Senerg-Shield-R® version of the product. Either way you go they both work great. It is mandatory that you use Stucco Flashing Tape around the windows and doors. Stucco tape is a moisture barrier tape that is a rubberized asphalt membrane and it’s top layer is polyester which Alpha Base Coat adheres to very well.
EIFS – Exterior Insulation and Finish System installation process
Applying the Finish Coat
The EIFS Finish Coat is applied over the Alpha Base Coat. The finish is troweled on and floated with a plastic float. It is very important to have a smooth surface for the finish to be troweled over, as the finish is only about a 1/16 of an inch thick. There are a few textures to choose from. The main three textures are Fine (which has a small aggregate and looks smooth or fine) , Medium (medium has a slightly larger aggregate and has a pebble look), and Coarse (coarse has even a larger aggregate and has a classic stucco look). When floating the finish it is very important that all floaters use the same technique (every one uses 9″ circles) to keep the wall looking the same everywhere.
Exterior Insulation and Finish System installation process
The Alpha Base Coat is troweled on to the foam by an approved EIFS applicator and a fiber glass mesh is embedded into the base coat. The base coat is applied 1/8 of an inch thick. The fiber glass cloth comes in 38 inch and 48 inch rolls and is overlapped 2 inches. There can not be any eps foam that is not covered with fiber glass mesh. Including all corners. The base coat should be troweled on smooth and a corner tool used on all corners for a nice sharp look.
Exterior Insulation and Finish System installation process
Prepping the eps foam is pretty straight forward. One of the beautiful things about EIFS is the ability to fix or change the appearance of an existing building or even do new and exciting things to a new construction project. In the prep stage the foam is rasped smooth, taking any highs or lows out of the surface. Chalk lines are popped to make all corners straight. Now for the fun stuff, the detail, which the sky is the limit here, from a simple ‘v’ groove to a ten foot two headed eagle coming out of the wall really anything is possible here. But more commonly, a nice crown molding and some columns.
Now that the foam has been prepped and the detail is on it is time for the base coat.