Becoming an EIFS Repair Customer

Becoming an EIFS Repair Customer

The easiest way of becoming an EIFS Repair customer is to have us do an EIFS job for you

That is certainly not the only way of becoming an EIFS Repair Customer. You can also buy the EIFS Repair kit, hire us to do EIFS Training  or subscribe to our customer area of our EIFS Repair Forum. If you have us come out, and do an EIFS job for you, or Train your guys you will automatically qualify for a free subscription for one year on our EIFS Repair Forum. Our customer area of the Forum is where you can access all the EIFS information and data you will ever need. The question and answer section of the customer area cover the most complicated and detailed EIFS questions from the finer points of EIFS Repair to Government studies on the product. Purchasing an EIFS Repair kit is another way you can qualify for a one year free membership to the customer area of the forum.

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That is simple you can purchase a one year subscription to the EIFS Repair Customer Area for only $3.99 an month. Your subscription will allow you access to the entire Customer area of the site and the ability to ask your EIFS questions and have them answered by an EIFS professional.

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Before you begin your EIFS Repair

Before you begin your EIFS Repair

Before you begin your EIFS Repair it is a good idea to remove the finish coat around the damaged area

There are a couple ways you can remove the layer of finish from the area around the repair. A steel brush can be an effective tool for removing the finish, or a grinder can be used. If a grinder is used it is very important to only remove the layer of finish. It is easy to lose control and grind away the cement base coat and the fiberglass mesh.  Removing the finish coat allows the base coat to transition evenly to the existing material around the damaged area. The process of removing the finish coat only takes a few minutes, and makes a huge difference in the look of the EIFS Repair. Using this technique can be the difference from a professional looking patch, and a unsightly lump of EIFS on a wall.

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Before you begin your EIFS Repair – Exterior Insulation and Finish System – Stnthetic Stucco

 

EIFS Finish Textures

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EIFS Finish Textures

There are several EIFS finish textures to chose from. The best way to talk about EIFS textures to to be able to see what you are talking about so I will include an image of each teture type.

EIFS Fine Finish
Fine Finish

 

This is the EIFS Fine Finish which is very popular in the Mid West. The Fine Finish is a smooth finish. And might be considered a high tech look. The finish is applied by a journeyman plasterer with a hawk and trowel and typically floated with 9″ circles by the floater.

 

 

 

EIFS Sahara Finish
Medium Finish

This is the EIFS Sahara Finish which is very popular everywhere and is great to cover imperfections in the wall which makes it a perfect match for restorations. The Sahara Finish is not as smooth. And can hide a lot more than fine finish will. The finish is applied by a journeyman plasterer with a hawk and trowel and typically floated with 9″ circles by the floater.

 

 

 

EIFS Coarse Finish
Coarse Finish

 

This is the EIFS Coarse Finish which is very popular everywhere and is even better for cover imperfections in the wall which makes it a perfect match for restorations. The Coarse Finish has a traditional stucco look. And can hide a lot more than Sahara finish will. The finish is applied by a journeyman plasterer with a hawk and trowel and typically floated with 12″ figure eights by the floater.

 

 

Those are the three main types of finished used in the EIFS industry today. Utilizing a couple different textures on your EIFS project can really make the difference. Using a classic texture on the wall and a fine finish on the detail can really make the difference and add some real class to the job.

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Using simple EIFS practices to create dynamic effects

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Using simple EIFS practices to create dynamic effects

Some of the more basic techniques in the EIFS industry can have the best results. One of the industry specifications is a control joint every 15 feet or so. What you can do is incorporate this into a design. We call these control joints v-grooves. The v-grooves can be placed in an ascetically pleasing pattern with very little effort and the results can be amazing. The foam can also be used to create some fabulous detail. The foam can be cutEIFS Detail | Exterior Insulation and Finish System into any shape or size and stuck to the wall before the fiberglass based cement is applied. A simple but effective way to get a good look is to cut foam pieces on a table saw  that are maybe 12 inches and the cut 8 inch pieces and stick them on top of each other to create a stair step. Many times we will do a 12′ and an 8″ over that and then a 4″ over that to give a 3 stair step at the roof line of a building.

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How to match the color for an EIFS repair

How to match the color for an EIFS repair.

EIFS Repair ‘Tip Of The Day’ for 3-23-2011 – How to match the color of an EIFS repair


One of the hardest things with doing an EIFS repair is matching the color. As I have said in previous posts it is best to go coast-to-coast with all your patches. But, even then it is imperative that the new patches color matches with the rest of the building.  The best way to insure your patch is going to match the existing building is to cut a 3 ich by 3 inch square from the damaged area. I know that sounds bad to make the patch even bigger, but it is by far, the best way to make sure it is going to match. Even if you have the color code from the customer, that does not mean it is not going to be an exact match. The building has been done for some time, and the weather and other environmental conditions have faded the color to some degree.  Having the exact color that went on the building, and from what manufacturer is a great plus, and gives you a good place to start with the color, but some tweaking is going to be in order. Hopefully your local material house has a good color guy on staff. I usually spend a an hour or so with him getting the color exact.

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How to match the color of an EIFS Repair
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How to match the color for an EIFS repair.

Getting an EIFS patch to look right

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Getting an EIFS patch to look right. How to repair EIFS

One of the keys to getting an EIFS patch to look right is to make sure the patch is feathered in correctly. The patch will stick out from the wall slightly more than the rest of the wall which may not seem like a big deal, but when the sun shines on it the patch will stick out like a sore thumb. The key to preventing this from happening is to use a paint brush to feather your brown mud out past the actual patched area a few inches in all directions. Then when the finish is run the same thing is done. The finish should be feathered a few inches into the existing finish then lightly hit with the float to knock down any high spots. It is important to get a real good texture and color match for best results.

The only other way to do an EIFS Patch in the middle of the wall and have it look alright is to tape off the area to be repaired in a square block. Do the repair and pull the tape after you run the finish coat. The repair will look nice and square like you planned it to look like that, but this technique will show an obvious patch.

Running the EIFS coast to coast (from stopping point to stopping point) can be very expensive on large walls so it is practical to do the EIFS repairs in many situations.

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Repairing EIFS | Exterior Insulation and Finish System

EIFS Repair Tip Of The Day for 3-20-2011

Repairing EIFS | Exterior Insulation and Finish System

There are two ways to repair Synthetic Stucco, one is to patch the damaged area only and the other is to repair from coast-to-coast. What I mean by coast-to-coast is from corner to corner or V groove to V groove. When you repair an entire area coast-to-coast, it is much easier to make it look like new again. When you patch an area in the middle of the wall without going coast-to-coast it is near impossible to make it look new again. You will always see the patch no matter what you do.  So, best practice is to go coast-to-coast with all your Exterior Insulation and Finish System repairs. Matching the color exactly is very difficult as well. After you finish your jobs you should always leave the owner some of the color so they can match it for repairs down the road. Architects and owners should keep in mind when designing that if repairs are to be done latter you will not want to redo entire walls for small repairs and add V grooves to the design. V-grooves can break the wall up into more manageable and cost effective areas to repair if and when the time comes.

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If you are the type of person that would not do your own repair you can always give us a call and we will come out and take a look at it for you and see what we can do to fix it. We service Southeast Michigan and would love to come out for a free estimate. We provide repairs and moisture testing services.

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Expanded polystyrene (EPS) Foam Shapes

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Expanded polystyrene (EPS) Foam Shapes

Working with EPS foam has come a long way in the last 10 years or so. Now, a sophisticated machine uses CAD drawings to cut the foam into any shape you would like. Some of the more common shapes used for EIFS are; window and door trim, EIFS EPS Foam shapes columns and column bases, and crown molding. But, it does not stop there you can really get creative with it.  I have done store names, addresses, and logo’s engraved into the wall. And, to many shapes and fancy designs to list here. I guess that’s the beauty of EIFS, how you can do anything with it you like.

 

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Rasping the EPS Foam

EIFS Repair Tip Of The Day for 3-15-2011

Rasping EIFS expanded polystyrene EPS Foam

Rasping the foam is the same thing as sanding the foam. There are basicly two types of rasps for sanding expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam. One is the standard wooden rasp that sandpaper is attached to and the other is a metal rasp that has metal flakes welded to it to create a 12 grit sandpaper. The DuraRasp from demand products is aEIFS Repair DuraRasp EPS Foam very good rasp. They last forever. Here is a quick how to rasp; when rasping the expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam the EIFS applicator wants to rasp in circles. Never rasp up and down or straight across or you will dig holes in the foam. As an EIFS applicator you could imagine how you could really mess a expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam wall up with one of these metal rasps. Rasping in large circles makes it easy to sand the wal even. After completing the wall it is a good idea to go over the wall or section you are working on with a large half moon motion from your toes to above your head. This will make sure you sanded level and smooth. There is nothing worse than getting all done with your job and having it look all wavy.

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Expanded polystyrene (EPS) | EIFS

EIFS Repair Tip Of The Day for 3-14-2011

Expanded polystyrene (EPS) Foam

The Expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam is used in the EIFS process because it is a good insulator and is easy to work with. The EPS foam can be sanded easily which makes it a perfect fit for the EIFS industry. High spots in an EPS foam wall can be sanded down to level the entire wall. The R-value of the EPS foam is about R3 per inch.

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