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 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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A quick overview of the EIFS installation process

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An overview of the Exterior Insulation and Finish System or EIFS installation process

Exterior Insulation and Finish System / EIFS  installation process is as follows:

EIFS (Exterior insulation and Finish Systems) also known as synthetic stucco.

That was a quick overview of the EIFS process

Kick out flashing is a very important part of the EIFS install that seems to be over looked by contractors. We have an article explaining kick out flashing including what it is used for and how it should be installed.

Another important aspect of an EIFS installation is a water drainage system which we have covered in depth for you in a separate article as well. The Water Drainage System is very important to get right because if you don’t the substrate of the structure could be damaged if it is not used. We have taken the Water Management System on huge step further with our Water Prevention System.

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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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