Dryvit ®

The Dryvit System

Dryvit is one of the largest EIFS manufacturers in the world and they did an excellent job of marketing the EIFS product. In fact they did such a good job that the entire industry was know as Dryvit until recent years. Dryvit did much like Rollerblade®  did with inline skates. We now, for the most part, refer to the industry as the EIFS industry, and there are a few manufacturers of the EIFS product, Dryvit being one of them. Each manufacturer of EIFS has there own terminology of the products, so it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the basic Dryvit lingo. Read more Dryvit

Dryvit Issues

Dryvit Issues

Are you having Dryvit issues?

We specialize in repairing Dryvit ® so we know about people having Dryvit issues. There are home owners and business owners that have experienced problems with their synthetic stucco cladding. Moisture damage is one of the biggest problems when it comes to synthetic stucco. The moisture problems are mostly due to a design problem. The original Exterior Insulation and Finish System was what is known as a barrier system, which means it was a weather barrier. When done right the barrier system worked fairly well as the commercial buildings are designed a little better for the barrier system. The flat roof with a copping works much better with the barrier system than a typical residential design. The major issue with Dryvit is in the residential application when it comes to applying the barrier system, which since about the year 2000 the barrier system has not been used. The new system ‘The Next Generation of EIFS’ has been used after the year 2000. In fact the building codes where changed and now there has to be a moisture barrier over any wood framed structure. There may be a wave of homes built in the 80’s and 90’s that are failing now that need to addressed. The old barrier system when done right still holds up well if it is properly maintained. The problem with the barrier system is that if any moisture penetrated it the water was trapped back behind the system and it eventually starts to rot the wood. When the building codes changed they required a moisture barrier over wood, but we will take that one further and say that when using Synthetic Dryvit Stucco you should use a liquid moisture barrier. The liquid moisture barrier works better than a cloth moisture barrier. We have been doing repairs for over 26 years and we found the liquid barrier is far better than the cloth. When installing the cloth barrier you put tons of holes in it when you staple it to the wood and then again when fastening the foam to the wood. When you use the liquid barrier instead of fastening the foam with mechanical fasteners you apply the foam with a notch trowel which creates channels for moisture to drain. The mechanical fasteners smash the foam to the wood so tight to the wood moisture has no chance to escape. If a liquid moisture barrier is used you can eliminate the biggest issue when it comes to the product. dryvit issues

dryvit issues




Dryvit Issues


Dryvit Stucco Repair

Dryvit Stucco Repair

Dryvit Stucco Repair in Southeast Michigan

We have be doing repairs in Southeastern MI for over 26 years. The most important think when it comes to Synthetic Stucco is doing it right the first time. When that doesn’t happen we are there to pick up the pieces and put them back together again. One of the hardest things in the construction industry in general is to fix something that someone else made a mess of. With Exterior Insulation and Finish System it is very difficult to know exactly how much damage there is behind the system. If moisture penetrates the system it can cause damage because the moisture can get trapped without any air flow which can cause the wood to rot. Back about 20 years ago the system was much different. Back then there was no way for the moisture to drain. Now there is a drainage system to allow the moisture to escape. What we have now is a bunch of projects that were done in the 80’s and 90’s that had the old system that are failing now. Dryvit has taken some major steps to ensure the new projects being done today will drain moisture and not fail in the future. One of the most important thing they have done is to incorporate a training and an dryvit stucco repairaccountability program for the applicators. Nowadays, you have to be a certified applicator to even buy the product, which has helped a lot. If you have a project in the Southeastern Michigan that needs repairs or your home is clad with EIFS and it needs repairs we would like to come out and give you a free quote. We have specialized in Dryvit stucco repair for the past 12 years and have been in the industry for over 26 years.


dryvit stucco repair




Dryvit Stucco Repair

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.


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 Liquid Moisture Barrier

EIFS Liquid  Moisture Barrier

An in depth look at EIFS Liquid Moisture Barrier

Traditionally, the substrate (OSB) was wrapped with a cloth type building wrap, but after some pretty extensive testing done by The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) it was proven that a EIFS liquid moisture barrier is much more effect in an EIFS application for moisture drainage. Read more EIFS Liquid Moisture Barrier