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 Synthetic Stucco is the only thing we do. If you do not do something every day for a living you should not do it at all. We have be repairing Exterior Insulation and Finish System for a living for over 15 years and have been in the industry for over 27 years.

Repairing the product is much different than installing it from scratch. It is easy to install the product and have it look nice to an uneducated customer. The hard part is when that install fails and you need to figure out why and what is the best way to fix it so it never happens again. The guys that do the full installs have little to no training or experience in moisture intrusion or finding solutions for product failures.    

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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 Exterior Insulation and Finish System. Then we can caulk the windows and doors. We address flashing issues. We also paint with the manufacturers brand paint which is a superior product when painting the synthetic stucco.

Most customers don’t realize that after the synthetic stucco is complete all the windows and doors will have at least a five eights of an inch gap around them. This is a manufacturer spec for movement. This gap needs 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 do not caulk, but not having the proper expansion causes problems down the road when there is no room for movement.

Roof rakes should have a two inch clearance from the shingles to the stucco and have a kick out flashing installed. This ensures the roof run off does not get behind the system. 

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

 

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EIFS Moisture Testing

EIFS Moisture Testing

EIFS repair and EIFS moisture testing goes hand in hand

I think it is about time we included EIFS moisture testing as a 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 the synthetic stucco. It takes years of particle experience in the field. We have been applying Exterior Insulation and Finish System for over 27 years and have been focused on synthetic stucco repairs full time for over 5 years. There is absolutely no one more qualified to do your Exterior Insulation and Finish System 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 the system 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 synthetic stucco 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. Moisture testing goes hand in hand with a visual inspection. Having the equipment is a great help in determining the problems but there is nothing that can replace 28 years of hands on experience. A good EIFS inspection utilizes testing equipment and years of experience in the field.  

EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) is also known as Dryvit™ or Synthetic Stucco.

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EIFS Moisture Testing

EIFS Sealant

EIFS Sealant

Use an approved EIFS Sealant when caulking Synthetic Stucco

A low modulus approved Sealant is used as a weather sealant in order to seal joints. This sealant is used in order to have the best paint-ability where painting is required. A durable watertight, flexible seal will form and the adhesion to EIFS and other porous surfaces is reflected in an outstanding curb appeal for your building. Dryvit or any premium primer will be acceptable in order to ensure proper adhesion to EIF System and other porous surfaces such as masonry surfaces.  The Spectrem line is recommended for use on new and remedial construction as a weather seal.  Sealant may be used for restoration as well as repairs.  It can be easily painted over with great results using an EIFS manufacturer paint product.  Dryvit offers a sealant that at 50% compression at 70 degrees c (158 degrees f) on limestone, brick, concrete as well as concrete showed no stains after 14 days.  Your Exterior Insulation and Finish System surface must be free of any foreign substances such as water, frost, grease or oil and including old sealant, dirt and efflorescence   A base coat of primer should be used.  EIFS Caulking and SealantsIn order to have a warranty for your Exterior Insulation and Finish System sealant from Dryvit a field adhesion test shall be utilized by the contractor in order to verify the adhesion characteristics as well as the compatibility with the specific materials you are using as an Synthetic Stucco sealant.  You may follow Dryvit’s Field Adhesion Test Procedure with the results being submitted to Dryvit’s Warranty Department.You may apply the  primer full strength with a brush or a roller.  Applying a thin coat that is uniform and no more than 1 mil when wet.  You do not want to over apply the sealant although some very porous surfaces may require a second coat.  The primer must be dry before applying the sealant.  It should take the primer about 15-30 minutes.  You must do the priming and sealing on the same day. If the sealant is not applied on the same day you would have to reprime.  Metal and such non-porous surfaces must be clean and rust free.  You may use a solvent to clean it with which is available at most sealant / building supply houses.

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EIFS Sealant

EIFS Recoating and Overcladding

EIFS Recoating and Overcladding

 Repair and EIFS recoating and overcladding may become necessary at some point in the life of EIFS structure.

To enhance the curb appeal of your building, recoating may be something you will feel is necessary at some point. By using the new science of EIFS lamina and shapes, your existing structure can be artfully changed and designed in order to achieve a totally new look in appearance due to the design you have chosen. If you are planning on selling or renting this is something you may want to look into, although if your building just needs some repair, an overcladding may be all you will need at this time and will be cost efficient.

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Terminating EIFS

Terminating EIFS

Terminating EIFS at the grade, brick ledge and the roof line.

Terminating EIFS is something we address frequently here at EIFS Repair. We are going to talk about terminating EIFS horizontally. When terminating the EIFS at the grade there should be about 8 inches from the foam to the ground. There are several reasons for this but mainly for insects and moisture. The first row of foam should sit in a weep track which is a plastic track with holes in it for moisture drainage.

Terminating EIFS at a soffit. I see a EIFS soffit wrapped right onto the existing wall all the time but when you think about it if a wall comes down and wraps under onto a soffitEIFS Soffit wall drainage and a weep track is not installed at the end of the wall the moisture drainage system is being negated because it can not drain at the end of the face wall. In short the face wall and the soffit should be two separate applications with the face wall having a weep track installed and the soffit having an expansion with backer rod and caulk against the face wall weep track.

Terminating EIFS at the Brick Ledge. When terminating the EIFS at the brick ledge it is important to have the flashing installed before the EIFS is applied. You always want the flashing to drain out to the face of the brick. The weep track will still be used in the moisture drainage system. The flashing is not enough because the EIFS has to have a place for the moisure if trapped behind the system to get out and that is what the weep is for.

Terminating EIFS at the roof line. The roof line maybe the one issue of terminating EIFS I see screwed up the most. It is not possible to take EIFS right down to the shingles and think that a caulk joint between the EIFS and the shingle will keep water out. Common sense should tell even a novice that that is ridiculous but you would be surprised how often EIFS kick out Flashingwe see this. Standard procedure is to keep the EIFS up off the roof rake 2 inches and use a weep track. Also I can not stress enough how important it is to install a kick out flashing at the end of the roof flashing.

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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.

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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 Repair Kit Pro – Medium Finish

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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.
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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 – 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

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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.

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EIFS / Dryvit Repair