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 ›
If you can see every piece of foam on the wall the applicator has missed a crucial step
The other day a came across an EIFS house that I could see every piece of foam on. I have seen some EIFS applications where in the right sunlight you could see a few pieces of foam, but this was the worst you could literally see every piece of foam. The home owner naturally asked me how this could have happened. Apparently the contractor told him that is just how it looks. I can tell you that, that is not true. There is a few reasons that could have happened and in this case it was probably all of the above. If the foam is not rasped or rasped correctly you will be able to see the foam pieces after the job is done. Also, the adhesive used to adhere the foam to the wall can get in between the pieces, and cause gaps. The gaps will dry at a different rate due to moisture and heat flow, and that will cause them to be seen. I have purchased foam that was not all exactly the same thickness, which if not rasped down will cause the pieces to be seen, but this is very rare I have only seen this a couple times in my 23 years in the industry.
In the case I just seen I am sure they did not rasp the foam at all, and when sticking the foam they did not make sure the pieces where applied tightly together, which caused the finished product to look like that. To fix the wall it now needs to coated with two layers of base coat. The first layer to fill in all the seams to even them out. The second layer is a complete coat over the entire wall to blend everything together. This process to repair the wall takes a highly skilled plasterer. Short of that you would have to re-stick the entire wall, essentially redoing the wall over the existing EIFS.
Kick out Flashing is a very important factor in Exterior Insulation and Finish System
Kick out flashing is something I find myself talking about a lot when we are talking EIFS, and residential applications. When the roof of a house with EIFS cladding terminates into the wall there is always flashing there which is good, but traditional flashing will not cut it when it comes to EIFS, and I will tell you why. Traditionally the water will run down the roof in the flashing installed, but at the end of the roof the water drops into the gutters,unless you installed an 1″ or 2″ of foam to the OSB of the house. That would make the traditional flashing flawed where the flashing actually drains the water right to the back side of the foam. This is where a kick out flashing comes in. You will take the stamped metal kick out flashing and tuck it under the existing flashing. The existing flashing will have to be pulled up with out damaging the existing shingles. The kick out flashing should slide up under the existing shingles for at least 8 inches. With the new flashing in place the water runs down the roof and into the kick out flashing with diverts the water into the gutter instead of just running of the edge of the roof. I have included a picture of a typical kick out flashing, so you can get an idea of what one looks like and where to look for the kick out flashing’s on your house. Something note worthy to say is that your EIFS should always be held up from the roof line about 2 inches and a weep track is used at the roof line. When installing along a roof line you would run a chalk line 2 inches above the the shingles and screw the weep track on the line. Then your stucco home wrap is applied to the wall and down into the track, that way if any moisture gets behind the foam it will run down the Stucco Home Wrap into the track, and out the weep holes. When the EIFS industry broke into the residential market in the 80’s very few EIFS applicators knew about or were using the kick out flashing. This was something new to the applicator as most commercial buildings have a flat roof and use a metal copping to seal the EIFS at the roof. For this reason alone is the main reason that EIFS is known as a great commercial product but not so good as a residential application, but I will tell you that when properly installed the EIFS product is one of the best products available today. That is even more true today than ever before with the new advancements in EIFS technology, and the fact that the price of the product is much lower today, than ever before, there is no reason that everyone should not have an absolutely beautiful product on their house like EIFS.
First of all, let me thank you for stopping by EIFS Repair and checking our new EIFS Repair Training program. As we always do here at EIFS Repair we listen, and respond. We have had some feedback on the EIFS Repair Kits and it was that businesses wanted training for their employees, so we are now introducing the all new EIFS Repair Training program. The training is done in a couple different ways. One is that we do the training here in our facility in Michigan, and the other is that customer fly’s one of our EIFS professionals out, and they do the training on their site.
The EIFS Repair Training will be done by an EIFS expert with at least 20 years hands-on experience in the EIFS industry. All of our trainers are a master plasterer, which means they have been journeymen plasterers for over ten years. The training will cover everything to look for when doing EIFS Repairs, the EIFS process, and proper installation of the EIFS product. We will cover the most common problems that you will find, and those little things that EIFS contractors just hate to do. The training will teach you how to spot them, and fix them without breaking the bank.
The training will begin with about an hour of explanation of EIFS, and the EIFS process. Then we will talk about the EIFS Repair Kit, how it works, and the tools involved. The EIFS Repair Training, for the most part, will be hands-on training, with a few mock ups of some typical repairs you would see in the field. With these pre-made damaged EIFS samples the trainee has the opportunity to do an EIFS repair for themselves to get a real feel of the EIFS Repair process. Believe it or not, the EIFS Repair process is more of an art than anything else. We believe that there is no better way to learn how to do a good quality EIFS repair than to have one of our experts walk you through it in our new EIFS Repair Training program. The amount of information and specialized training, you could not learn anywhere else, is second to none when you spend the day with one of your EIFS trainers.
The EIFS Repair Training Program comes with a helpful guide you can leave with your employees to refer back to when doing the EIFS repairs in the field. This helpful guide has a overview of the EIFS process step-by-step and the common EIFS Repair things to look for and how to address them.
The EIFS Repair Training Program at a glance
Overview of the EIFS Process
Windows and Doors
The EIFS Repair Kit
The EIFS Repair Training is a one day class, and it is scheduled for 5 hours. Typically we start the classes at 11 am and they go through to about 5 pm with a lunch break at 1pm. The time schedule is completely flexible and can be tailor around your company needs. Fill out our EIFS Repair Training Form and please include your estimated training date, your company name and a working number for us to get back to you.
Our EIFS Repair Training is a flat rate of $800.00. If you attend our EIFS Repair Training here in Michigan that would be your total cost, but if you are out of State you would pay to fly our training to you. The trainer would be flown out the day before the training to have time to setup. The trainer would not be flying with our mockup EIFS samples for the hands on part of the program so the trainer would build the mockups the day before at your facility. Our out of State customers have an extra material cost of $200.00, the extra cost of a round trip air flight for our trainer, and a one night stay at a local hotel. The bottom line for our out of State customers is $1,100.00 plus a round trip flight from DTW.
The EIFS Training is for all Synthetic Stucco, Dryvit, Senergy Sto, Master Wall, and Parex.
The Exterior Insulation and Finish System has a particular process that should be used when applying to a residential project. The Water Drainage System was designed to apply over OSB. The process is as follows. First if the home is new construction you will want to get your EIFS applicator in there before the windows go in. A fluid air/water barrier should be painted over the OSB with 4 inch sheathing fabric over the seams, or apply stucco wrap by stapling to the OSB (A fluid air and water barrier is proven to be a better barrier). The windows should be trimmed with flashing tape. The flashing tape should come down over the Stucco wrap. Now the windows can go in. If the windows are already in then the flashing tape should but up to the window and overlap the stucco wrap. The next consideration is to find the grade and make sure to install the track 8 inches above grade. The stucco wrap should drop right into the track. This track is where your first row of foam will go. It is always a good practice to install your track above the windows at this time as well. Your next step is to find all areas that the roof dies into the wall. At these locations you will have to peel up the existing flashing and shingles for about 12 inches and slide a kick-out flashing up under there and fasten it to the wall. Make sure to put the kick-out flashing under the stucco wrap. Now you will want to back-wrap around the windows and doors and along the roof line. Make sure to stay 2 inches off the roof line. With all your prep work done you are ready to stick your foam. It is recommended to use the ribbed foam for the Water Drainage System. When fastening the foam two inch plastic mechanical washers are used. The foam is applied horizontally as to keep the ribs facing the proper direction for water drainage. The foam will be sanded and base coat and finish applied as normal from this point.
Welcome to EIFS Repair(1-888-407-2609). If you are interested in the EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) industry you will find this site engaging and full of knowledge. We have an extensive background in Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems, and have no problem letting you know what we know; As, we feel, that it has been one of the short comings of the entire industry. Keeping the EIFS process a secret has not benefited any one, nor will it. We would rather, a home owner or contractor know the steps needed to complete a professional and successful EIFS project.
That is are aim here at Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems / EIFS Repair, to educate anyone that wants to know about the EIFS industry from general practices, to those little things to look for that Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems applicators just hate to do. Well, I guess it’s not really that they hate to do them, it is, that they are time consuming, and costly. And the little things are very hard to spot unless you really know what you are looking for. But those little things are what can cause havoc down the road.
Here are a few points of interest.
Next Generation EIFS out preforms brick, concrete block, cementitious fiber board siding, and stucco study by U.S. Department of Energy
We will not only teach you how to properly do the EIFS application, and what to watch out for, but perhaps the most important part of the site is that we will be introducing new and improved ways of doing EIFS that your applicator may not even be aware of yet. We will do our best to give as detailed instructions and shop drawings of these new techniques our Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems Guru’s come up with here at EIFS repair.
We will also go over the material including specifications and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and the distributors Dyvit, Senergy and Sto.