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 Commercial vs Residential

EIFS Commercial vs Residential

Commercial and Residential applications are two different animals – EIFS Commercial vs Residential 

Applying EIFS to a Commercial building is totally different than applying EIFS to a house. One of the big differences between a building, and a house, when it comes to applying EIFS, is the roof. The roof of a house is completely different from a building. A residential roof line is much more complicated than a flat roof of a typical building. It is common for a roof to terminate right into the side of a wall, which creates a problem for water drainage. Normally the water from the roof runs down the flashing and off the roof into the gutter. This is a good system, until a layer of 1 1/2″ foam is applied to the substrate (OSB) of the house. With the EIFS on the house the water runs down the flashing, and right behind the foam creating major issues. This problem is cured by installing a kick out flashing, which kicks the water past the EIFS, and into the gutter. The roof is probably the most obvious difference, but also the windows and doors are different. Another major difference from a commercial project to a residential project it the contractor. Large corporations build commercial buildings and have a team of architects and engineers that spec and design the project, where as, in a residential project this is usually done on a much smaller scale. Residential projects are open to design, and construction short comings due to the lack of specific industry expertise. This issue travels down to the applicator as well. A large commercial builder has a host of EIFS applicators to choose from that have proven track records, where a local residential builder may not see EIFS often and do not have the access to quality applicators.

Conclusion:

Make sure when you hire a contractor to build your EIFS home that they have a proven track record of building and designing with EIFS, and that the applicators that he uses are certified.

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Kick out Flashing – EIFS

Kick out Flashing – 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 Kick out Flashingflashing 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 Kick Out Flashing EIFSgutter 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.

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EIFS Repair Training

EIFS Repair Training

Our New EIFS Repair Training

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
  • Moisture intrusion
  • Windows and Doors
  • Kick-out Flashing
  • EIFS Termination
  • The EIFS Repair Kit
  • Hands On

 

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.

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EIFS Repair is online. Our mission is to educate the contractor, business owner, home owner and any one else that cares to learn about the proper way to apply EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System). We support ‘The Turcotte System‘; a water infiltration prevention standard that is catching on quick in the industry. The Turcotte System works wonders and does not involve any new or expensive techiques or materials. The most important thing to note about the system is it is not a water management system. Tell me, what business owner/ home owner wants to manage water that is inside the walls of there home or business. I would have to guess none. That is the thing about the Turcotte System it prevents the water from getting behind the walls in the first place. And like most things that work well it is very simple. It is exactly the same thing an EIFS applicator already knows how to do just in a different way, in a way the works to keep water from penetrating the foam. I am sure you can see why we think it is very important to educate anyone that needs an EIFS Repair done on the Turcotte System as a EIFS Repair could be avoided if the Turcotte System was used in the first place. The Turcotte System 2.o coming soon.

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Terminating EIFS at the ground

It is not a good idea to have EIFS to close to the ground for several reasons. First and foremost, you do not want water to get in behind it so obviously you would not want it right down to the ground. But how high up does it have to be and what do you do with that area that is not done in EIFS down there? That is the question your customer will ask and what the always want to hear is that it will look the same as the rest of the wall. But, more often than not, the 4″ or 8″ that is not done in EIFS down there is just left by the EIFS contractor and the owner paints it the same color and it all flakes off in no time and looks bad.
I would suggest to put a direct apply on the area before sticking the foam and take it up past the 8″ mark and Mesh and brown like normal and then when you run finish you could just run it all and it would all look the same and there would be no foam down there any longer so the water would not get in behind to cause any damage. This way the entire wall looks complete and the EIFS will not fail from water getting in behind the foam.
Seems like a no brainer but I see a lot of buildings with that 8″ gap at the bottom that does not have EIFS or even worse the EIFS with the foam all the way to the ground.

 

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Water Drainage System | EIFS

The EIFS Drainage System

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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