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 soffit 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 we 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.