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

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Dryvit Issues

 

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 Moisture Testing

EIFS Moisture Testing

EIFS repair and EIFS moisture testing goes hand in hand

I think it is about time we included this service in our everyday services, as it only makes sense to find out where the moisture is and where it came from before we even start any repairs. Till this point we had been calling in 3rd party inspectors and waiting for the results and then taking over from there and correcting all their findings anyway. The truth of the matter is that you really cannot simply read a book, go out and buy an expensive moisture EIFS Moisture Testingmeter and think you are going to be proficient at finding moisture behind EIFS. It takes years of particle experience in the field. We have been applying EIFS for over 23 years and have been focused on EIFS Repairs full time for over 5 years. There is absolutely no one more qualified to do your EIFS moisture test, bottom line. Knowing where to look for moisture intrusion and what to look for is half the battle, but water is a funny thing. I have seen on numerous occasions water infiltrating the EIFS from one area and running down a metal stud or I-beam up to 30 or 40 feet away and causing damage. The usual suspects for moisture intrusion are other products not the EIFS itself. The flashing will fail or was not done right in the first place or the caulking will begin to crack and let moisture in around the doors and windows. Whether, the roof copping or the sealant failed it is usually due to one of two things someone didn’t do it right to begin with or someone did not maintain it for years. We have done a ton of repairs over the years and we have seen it all. We know exactly what the problem is as soon as we look at it nine times out of ten. Just knowing there is moisture behind the wall and what the percentage reading from a meter is, is really not good enough to begin the repairs or even estimate how much it is going to cost to fix it. You have to know where the moisture came from and how you are going to prevent it from returning. For this reason we carry a moisture reader with us on all our repair jobs.

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EIFS Moisture Testing

EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Coarse Finish

EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Coarse Finish

Purchase The EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Coarse Finish here

The EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Coarse Finish Comes with Coarse Finish, Cement Mix, Fiberglass Mesh,  float, Instructions, DVD, and Quick Reference Guide.

With the pro kit there is 3 times the material of the original kit. This kit will cover 15 square feet compared to the 5 square feet of the original EIFS Repair Kit. What you do not get with the Pro Kits are the tools to do the repair with exception of the EIFS Float.

Click the Buy Now button to purchase the EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Coarse Finish.
Item number ERKP-C-001




 

We use Paypal, the famous Ebay Company for our Online Purchases, we will never have your personal information, it will all be handled by Paypal, so you can have complete peace of mind purchasing The EIFS Repair Kit.

Note: The DIY EIFS Repair kit works with all brands of EIFS / Synthetic Stucco including Dryvit, Senergy, STO, Master Wall, etc.

EIFS Repair Texture Chart

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EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Coarse Finish

EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Medium Finish

EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Medium Finish

Purchase The EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Fine Finish here

The EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Medium Finish Comes with Medium Finish, Cement Mix, Fiberglass Mesh,  float, Instructions, DVD, and Quick Reference Guide.

With the pro kit there is 3 times the material of the original kit. This kit will cover 15 square feet compared to the 5 square feet of the original EIFS Repair Kit. What you do not get with the Pro Kits are the tools to do the repair with exception of the EIFS Float.

Click the Buy Now button to purchase the EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Medium Finish.
Item number ERKP-M-001.   Only $379.00 – Three times the material




 

We use Paypal, the famous Ebay Company for our Online Purchases, we will never have your personal information, it will all be handled by Paypal, so you can have complete peace of mind purchasing The EIFS Repair Kit.Note: The DIY EIFS Repair kit works with all brands of EIFS / Synthetic Stucco including Dryvit, Senergy, STO, Master Wall, etc.

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EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Medium Finish | EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) also known as dryvit or Synthetic Stucco

EIFS Repair Kit Pro

EIFS Repair Kit Pro

The new EIFS Repair Kit Pro is available for purchase

The EIFS Repair kit Pro is similar to the original Kit except it does not come with all the tools to complete the job just the materials (complete list of whats in the Pro Kits). There are three versions of the Pro EIFS Kit. There is Fine, Medium and Coarse kits. The  only difference between the three pro kits are the types of finish coat included in the kits. Before ordering the pro kit you will have to determine what type of finish texture you have on your wall.

The EIFS Repair Kit Pro Comes with Finish, Cement Mix, Fiberglass Mesh,  and a float.

With the pro kit there is 3 times the material of the original kit. This kit will cover 15 square feet compared to the 5 square feet of the original EIFS Repair Kit.

Click One Of The Kits Below to Purchase

Don’t know what Finish you need  check out our EIFS Texture Chart

We use Paypal, the famous Ebay Company for our Online Purchases, we will never have your personal information, it will all be handled by Paypal, so you can have complete peace of mind purchasing The EIFS Repair Kit.

Note: The DIY kit works with all brands of Exterior Insulation and Finish System aka Synthetic Stucco or Dryvit including Dryvit, Senergy, STO, Master Wall, Parex etc.

 The kit was designed for home owners with small holes in the system that they needed fixed, but could not find an applicator in the area that they lived to come out and fix it. It is pretty hard to find someone that will come out and fix 3 woodpecker holes. There is just not enough money in it for them to waste that much time.Now, home owners with Synthetic Stucco clad homes can fix these small repairs themselves with a little time and work. We started getting owners that had more than just a few woodpecker holes and a few businesses with them same type of problem but needed just a little more material to fix there problems. So, we created the pro kits. With these kits you have to pick the texture and we send out just that texture. It works out to about 3 times the material in the pro kit because you have just what you need and nothing else. Before ordering your pro kit make sure you take a good look at the texture chart and determine what texture you need. The pro kit still comes with all the same directions as the regular kit. The only things you do not get are the things you can pick up at your local hardware store like tape, gloves,  cover up, etc.
Pro EIFS Repair Kit

EIFS Repair Kit Pro

 

EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Fine Finish

EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Fine Finish

Purchase The EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Fine Finish here

The EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Fine Finish Comes with Fine Finish, Cement Mix, Fiberglass Mesh,  float, Instructions, DVD, and Quick Reference Guide.

With the pro kit there is 3 times the material of the original kit. This kit will cover 15 square feet compared to the 5 square feet of the original EIFS Repair Kit. What you do not get with the Pro Kits are the tools to do the repair with exception of the EIFS Float.

Click the Buy Now button to purchase the EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Fine Finish.
Item number ERKP-F-001. Only $379.00 – Three times the material




We use Paypal, the famous Ebay Company for our Online Purchases, we will never have your personal information, it will all be handled by Paypal, so you can have complete peace of mind purchasing The EIFS Repair Kit.

Note: The DIY EIFS Repair kit works with all brands of EIFS / Synthetic Stucco including Dryvit, Senergy, STO, Master Wall, etc.

EIFS Repair Texture Chart

Back to  Pro EIFS Repair Kit – Original EIFS Repair Kit

EIFS Repair Kit

 

 

 

 

EIFS Repair Kit Pro – Fine Finish

EIFS / Dryvit Repair Monroe Michigan

EIFS / Dryvit Repair

EIFS / Dryvit Repair in Monroe Michigan

The metal copping at the radiuses is failing and causing some damage to the EIFS / Dryvit. The EIFS / Dryvit repair is a two stage fix. First we will have to address the failing copping and then fix the damaged EIFS. We have already talked about the cost and we will do our best to keep this repair from breaking the bank with the economy the way it is and business being down. The entire roof was flashed correctly except the radiuses. Without tearing what is there off it is impossible to be 100 % sure of what is gone wrong. But from my vast experience I would have to say that there are a few things that have lead to this  damage. First and formost is the flashing is not good at all round the radius. It has screw through it is places which should not be, and if they were to put screws in the metal they should for sure have been sealed, which they are not. But, even worse is that the corners and not tight they have gaps up to a 1/4″ in places. Even with the metal like this a membrane on the roof and down onto the EIFS would have really helped and would not have allowed the water to get behind the EIFS like that. Also, I am sure the EIFS itself was not base coated at the top edge. It is a place many contractors will over look because a metal cap is going over the roof anyway. But, it is important as an EIFS contractor to base coat there in case of a metal failure.

With that all being said I will suggest the best way to address these issues.  Again keep in mind that this my not be the best way to do these repairs and maybe not by the book, but given the economy and the way business is way down I have come up with a very seasonable fix that should last a long time.

I think we should remove the existing metal very carefully. Then mesh and base coat the top of the EIFS bringing it down onto the existing EIFS about and 1 and 1/2″. Then we will put a membrane  on the radius and bring the membrane onto the EIFS as well about 1 and 1/2″. The we will re-install the metal.

I believe this will be the most bang for the buck. As you know I talked with the roofer, and to fabricate these pieces it will cost a small fortune.

EIFS dryvit repair

EIFS / Dryvit Repair

EIFS / Dryvit Tempary Fix on Kroger

EIFS / Dryvit Tempary Fix on Kroger

Images of EIFS / Dryvit Tempary Fix on Kroger

Got a call from a contractor that had a Kroger where the front entrance way was falling down. We made it out there that day and mechanically fastened the EIFS back to the metal studs for a temporary fix to the problem.

EIFS / Dryvit Tempary Fix on Kroger