Dryvit Flashing

I was going to link to the page on Dryvit Flashing but as it turns out I do not have one, so here it is. I have already went into depth on what a kickout flashing is and why it is so important to use them but other flashing is important too. It is surprising how often flashing is left off all together when it comes to EIFS (Exterior insulation and Finish System). I have seen it time and time again where the EIFS is taken down tight to the brick ledge and a bead of caulk applied.There is so many things that can go with his application I’m not even sure where to start.

With the system touching the brick ledge directly it is impossible for the bottom edge to have a cement coat on it, so we know that there is exposed foam on the brick ledge. Any moisture on the brick ledge is going to be absorbed into the exposed foam. A bead of caulk along the brick ledge when to system meets the brick is not enough to prevent moisture from getting through. The caulk does not work well in that application. The caulk is suppose to be an expansion with backer rod so it has an hourglass shape. That is how the caulking works best. With two points of contact. From my experience what happens with the caulk is that it pulls away from the stucco side because it is not utilizing the two points of contacts.

So, that what doesn’t work. Now lets talk about what does work. It is just good sense to put a brick ledge flashing on before you install the Synthetic Stucco. The stucco should be up off the flashing about three quarters of an inch. The moisture barrier on the substrate should come down right on top of the flashing.

With the flashing in place and an expansion between the metal and the stucco there is not chance for moisture sitting on the brick ledge to be absorbed by the system. The Exterior Insulation and Finish System should have drainage which would allow any moisture behind the system to drain out the bottom and onto the flashing and out over the brick.

Dryvit flashing Southeast Michigan EIFS
Dryvit Flashing


EIFS Woodpecker Damages

Woodpeckers and other birds seem to like the EIFS Stucco

I am not really sure why the woodpeckers like EIFS stucco. I originally thought it was because moisture had got behind the system and they were feeding on bugs. That has not stood up to my years of testing in the field. Actually, I believe it has to do with the roosting season at least for the woodpeckers. It seems the other birds are more interested in the hole after the woodpecker makes it, for the most part anyways. I found the other birds pull the foam out to build their nest, or use the hole as a nest. I have seen them tunnel out several feet of foam and live right inside the synthetic stucco wall. Patching the hole is relatively simple, but just patching the hole is not always acceptable. Sure, after patching the hole it prevents water from entering the system, so functionally it works, but most customers do not want to look at an ugly patch on their home. Blending a patch into the existing wall and not being able to see it once you are done is next to impossible. Typically if a customer wants the wall to look like it had never been patch you would have to redo the entire wall the hole is on. I have found over the years most commercial building owners can live with a patch on the building and home owners want it to look new again. Repairing the damages is really just half the battle. Keeping the birds from doing it again can be a real challenge. After deterring the woodpeckers away, in most cases they will roost at a nearby location and then when someone chases them away form there, odds are, they find their way back after a season or two.

EIFS Woodpecker Damage

There are a lot of different woodpecker deterrents out there that people buy. Just to let you know most of them don’t work. Your best beat is the pie tin in the farmers field technique.

Synthetic Stucco Bird Damages

Repairing EIFS Stucco

The ascetics of repairing EIFS Stucco / Dryvit

There are a couple different ways to approach repairing EIFS stucco. What most people don’t know is that it is near impossible to repair a small area in the middle of the wall and not have it look like an eyesore. From a ascetics perspective resurfacing the entire wall is always going to be the best option. When it comes to dollars an cents it best just to patch a small area and call it a day. So, which way do you go? Well, that depends on a few factors. What type of person are you. Can you live with a patch on the wall or are you the type of person that now you know it’s there you will see it every time you pass it and it will drive you crazy. And, perhaps the more important thing, how much more is it going to cost. Of course, the extra cost is going to vary from patch to patch. Sometimes it is going to make sense to just go ahead and do it so it looks the best it can and other times it may take some careful consideration. Let me explain with a couple of examples. First let’s say we have some woodpecker damages to the trim around a window or door. You could patch the small damages by just addressing the actual holes. You would see these patches around the trim pretty easily especially when the sun hit them. Now, instead of just patching the holes we could resurface the trim around the door or window after patching with very little effort and material. The trim would look pretty close to new again. It makes perfect sense to resurface the entire area in this case. Now, let’s say the woodpecker damages the trim and got into some of the wall next to the trim as well. In this case to resurface it would be a much bigger job due to the fact the wall next to the trim would be a substantial amount of square feet to apply the material to.

In conclusion, if you have an endless amount of money it will always look better to resurface the entire wall the damages are on, but if you do not sometimes it makes sense to live with the look of a patch.

Painting EIFS Stucco Dryvit

Repairing EIFS Stucco

Don’t fall for this up-sell when painting your next EIFS Stucco project

Less is more when painting EIFS Stucco / Dryvit™

Painting an older EIFS Stucco building or home can be a challenge and many of you may already have had an issue with it when hiring a painting contractor that does not have much experience painting the product. Even the most experienced painters can mess up painting this product. Exterior Insulation and Finish System does not react like other products when it is painted. The manufacturer actually makes a specific paint for the product and you have to be certified by the manufacturer before buying their material. For the past five years or so, I have noticed local painting companies pushing this paint that is like super paint that will seal the EIFS and not allow moisture to penetrate it. Typically, the moisture issues with this type of exterior stucco does not come from the material itself breaking down, but from moisture getting behind it due to other products around it failing or not being done right (like flashing, caulking, windows, etc.). In most cases, when the stucco material has broken down it is because of another problem.

The paint that they are pushing has a lot of elasticity to it and is waterproof. This makes for a thick paint that covers everything very well and is a very easy sell for them when they talk about the moisture issues the product has had. The problem is that when moisture gets behind the system from a leaky window or some missing flashing, this paint will hold the water because it does not breath like regular paint. The paint holds the water in bubbles on the building when it rains, but that’s not the worst problem with using this paint. Once a painted area is damaged and needs to be repaired it does not hold up well. In a freeze-thaw environment, the elasticity in the paint moves at a different rate than the cement used in the patch and ends up popping off the wall. Obviously, this does not happen to every patch, but when it does happen it is such a huge pain that it is not worth using this type of paint. Don’t fall for this up-sell it really does sound good and they guy selling you this probably believes it is better, but believe me it is not.

Painting EIFS Stucco Dryvit

Please, when painting EIFS stucco don’t use the paint with the added elasticity that makes it waterproof.

EIFS Inspection

EIFS Inspection

An Exterior Insulation and Finish System Inspection should be done before you buy a Synthetic Stucco home (Southeast Michigan call 888-407-2609).

Everyone knows to get your home inspected before you buy it, but there are a lot of people that do not know if you plan on buying a house clad with Exterior Insulation and Finish System you should have it also inspected by an EIFS professional to make sure the system is up to par and if it is not you need to know how much it is going to cost to fix it. Essentially, there are 4 things that every buyer should do before purchasing the home.

  1. Have a professional do a visual inspection of the cladding. A simple visual inspection for the well trained eye can find many things on the exterior of a home that are missing or not done right.
  2. The professional should be trained in thermal imaging, so he can perform infrared thermography on the home to find any moisture anomalies.
  3. The professional should have an invasive moisture meter to confirm any moisture anomalies found by the thermal imaging. 
  4. The guy that comes out should be able to put together a quote for the cost of repairs.

 

EIFS inspector

 As a buyer those are the four things I am looking for when I call someone to come out and look at a house I plan to buy. I have had some people suggest this is a conflict of interest as the guy doing the inspection is also the guy doing the repairs which has some merit, but for me I am an honest guy just giving the buyer what they need.  If you call me to come out to inspect the home you will get a guy that has over 25 years experience in the industry with extensive training in moisture testing and trained in thermal imaging. I have been repairing this product for over 15 years. I know when, why and how this product fails. You would be hard pressed to find someone more qualified to inspect your home. That being said I am not a 3rd party EIFS (aka Dyvit or Synthetic Stucco) inspector because I do the repairs. To properly do repairs you have to be able to test the moisture  behind the system. For that reason I own the moisture meter and thermal imaging camera and use them on a daily basis.  Here is a list of my certifications. It is one thing to read the books and take the classes, but having over two and a half decades of hands on experience is something you just can learn in a book or classroom. Before doing repairs I always like to inspect the house with a visual inspection and then thermal imaging and lastly I confirm any anomalies found with the thermal imaging camera with my invasive moisture meter, which will read the moisture content of the substrate behind the system. By doing this I can get a pretty good idea of how much the repairs are going to cost. That being said I am NOT a 3rd party Exterior Insulation and Finish System inspector I am an EIFS repair guy. I have 26+ years hands on experience. I have training in Infrared Thermography. I have been using a Delmorst Invasive Moisture Meter on Exterior Insulation and Finish System houses and buildings for over 10 years. You will be hard pressed to find a more qualified guy to evaluate your Synthetic Stucco home.

EIFS inspector Corey Turcotte

 

 

 

 

 

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EIFS Repair Cost

EIFS Repair Cost

So, how much does a typical EIFS Repair Cost ?

 

The thing about a Synthetic Stucco repair is that there is no such thing as a typical repair when it comes to Exterior Insulation and Finish System. Each repair is completely different. There are no two the same. It is very hard to estimate how much a repair is going to cost. It is impossible to tell how much damage may be behind the system. If moisture got behind the system and damaged the wood back there. The Synthetic Stucco surface coat hides the damages very well. For that reason we always recommend having some moisture testing done before we give a quote. Otherwise, it is going to be somewhat of an open ended quote.

There are several different types of repairs:

  • missing kick out flashing
  • cracks and flaking
  • failing caulk
  • failures at grade
  • remove and replace
  • minor and major moisture damage including structural damage

Repairs are something you really have to look at to price. You can never tell until you get there and see what everything entails before you can price it. If you would like someone to come out and take a look at your project call Corey Turcotte at 888-407-2609. We service Southeastern Michigan including Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Franklin, Farmington Hills, Troy, Sterling Heights, Shelby Township and surrounding areas. eifs repair cost

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EIFS Repair Cost

How to repair EIFS

How to Repair EIFS

Best practices on how to repair EIFS

Repairing EIFS for the most part should be left to the professionals, but as it would have it the professionals that are actually willing to do EIFS repairs or know how to repair EIFS are far and few between. For that reason we have designed the original EIFS Repair Kit and supply instructions on how to get your repair done like a pro. The kit How to repair EIFScomes with everything you will need to complete a few small repairs. When working with Synthetic Stucco it is important to have patience. It takes some time to get it just right. I would start with a repair that is not out in plane sight. You may want to start with a patch behind a tree or something. You are not going to do a perfect looking patch the very first time. It may take a time or two to get good at it. The kit comes with all the materials you will need and a few tools. What type of repairs should you try to do yourself? The best idea is to stay to the small repairs anything to big should be felt for a pro. I would think bird holes, minor cracks, minor flaking and minor hail damage are good examples of repairs you might take on yourself. If you are planing on doing a Synthetic Stucco repair yourself the best place to start is by purchasing the kit. I would recommend reading all the instruction before attempting to do the repair. After you have read all the instructions bring the quick reference guide with you when doing the repair. The process is done one step at a time so it is pretty easy to stay focused on what you are doing and not get overwhelmed.

 

How to repair EIFS

Another EIFS Season Starting Soon

Another EIFS Season Starting Soon

Just around the corner is another EIFS  Season.

We are getting prepared for another EIFS season. We are already starting to book up quick which is a really good thing. Make sure you call to schedule your repairs. This season is sure to be busy. Read more Another EIFS Season Starting Soon

Why most EIFS contractors are doing it wrong

Why are most EIFS contractors are doing it wrong

There is a very simple reason why most EIFS contractors are doing it wrong

The main reason EIFS contractors are not doing EIFS the right way is that it cost a lot more money to do it right. There are a hundred things you could leave off, and not even do on an EIFS job to make your life easier as a contractor. Treating the windows and doors before the foam is stuck is a very time consuming job, not to mention the cost of using all the right material. Read more Why most EIFS contractors are doing it wrong