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

Dryvit Issues

Dryvit™ Issues

Are you having Dryvit™ issues?

We specialize in repairing Dryvit™ so we know about people having Dryvit™ issues. There are home owners and business owners that have experienced problems with their synthetic stucco cladding. Moisture damage is one of the biggest problems when it comes to synthetic stucco. The moisture problems are mostly due to a design problem. The original Exterior Insulation and Finish System was what is known as a barrier system, which means it was a weather barrier. When done right the barrier system worked fairly well as the commercial buildings are designed a little better for the barrier system. The flat roof with a copping works much better with the barrier system than a typical residential design. The major issue with Dryvit™ is in the residential application when it comes to applying the barrier system, which since about the year 2000 the barrier system has not been used. The new system ‘The Next Generation of EIFS’ has been used after the year 2000. In fact the building codes where changed and now there has to be a moisture barrier over any wood framed structure. There may be a wave of homes built in the 80’s and 90’s that are failing now that need to addressed. The old barrier system when done right still holds up well if it is properly maintained. The problem with the barrier system is that if any moisture penetrated it the water was trapped back behind the system and it eventually starts to rot the wood. When the building codes changed they required a moisture barrier over wood, but we will take that one further and say that when using Synthetic Dryvit™ Stucco you should use a liquid moisture barrier. The liquid moisture barrier works better than a cloth moisture barrier. We have been doing repairs for over 26 years and we found the liquid barrier is far better than the cloth. When installing the cloth barrier you put tons of holes in it when you staple it to the wood and then again when fastening the foam to the wood. When you use the liquid barrier instead of fastening the foam with mechanical fasteners you apply the foam with a notch trowel which creates channels for moisture to drain. The mechanical fasteners smash the foam to the wood so tight to the wood moisture has no chance to escape. If a liquid moisture barrier is used you can eliminate the biggest issue when it comes to the product. dryvit issues

dryvit issues




Dryvit Issues


Dryvit Stucco Repair

Dryvit™ Stucco Repair

Dryvit™ Stucco Repair in Southeast Michigan

We have been doing repairs in Southeastern MI for over 26 years. The most important think when it comes to Synthetic Stucco is doing it right the first time(like most things do it right once is always better). When that doesn’t happen we are there to pick up the pieces and put them back together again. One of the hardest things in the construction industry in general is to fix something that someone else had made a mess of. With Exterior Insulation and Finish System it is very difficult to know exactly how much damage there is behind the system. If moisture penetrates the system it can cause damage because the moisture can get trapped without any air flow, which can cause the wood to rot. Back about 20 years ago the system was much different. Back then there was no way for the moisture to drain. Now there is a drainage system to allow the moisture to escape. What we have now is a bunch of projects that were done in the 80’s and 90’s that had the old system that are failing. Dryvit™ has taken some major steps to ensure the new projects being done today will drain moisture and not fail in the future. One of the most important thing they have done is to incorporate a training and an dryvit stucco repairaccountability program for the applicators. Nowadays, you have to be a certified applicator to even buy the product, which has helped a lot. If you have a project in the Southeastern Michigan that needs repairs or your home is clad with EIFS and it needs repairs we would like to come out and give you a free quote. We have specialized in Dryvit stucco repair for the past 18 years and have been in the industry for over 26 years.


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Dryvit Stucco Repair

Dryvit Repair

Dryvit ™ Repair

Are you looking to get your Dryvit ™ Repaired?

We specialize in repairing Dryvit ™, also know as EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) or synthetic stucco. Our service area includes Southeastern Michigan and Toledo Ohio. Unlike other companies repairing Synthetic Stucco is the only thing we do. If you do not do something every day for a living you should not do it at all. We have be repairing Exterior Insulation and Finish System for a living for over 15 years and have been in the industry for over 27 years.

Repairing the product is much different than installing it from scratch. It is easy to install the product and have it look nice to an uneducated customer. The hard part is when that install fails and you need to figure out why and what is the best way to fix it so it never happens again. The guys that do the full installs have little to no training or experience in moisture intrusion or finding solutions for product failures.    


What makes us stand out from the competition is the fact we do it all. We will remove the the existing damaged EIFS all the way to the studs and replace it. Including the OSB or Fiberglass board.  We install the liquid moisture barrier and apply the Exterior Insulation and Finish System. Then we can caulk the windows and doors. We address flashing issues. We also paint with the manufacturers brand paint which is a superior product when painting the synthetic stucco.

Most customers don’t realize that after the synthetic stucco is complete all the windows and doors will have at least a five eights of an inch gap around them. This is a manufacturer spec for movement. This gap needs to be caulked. Typically it will have a closed cell backer rod placed in the gap and caulk applied over the backer rod. Some, contractors will not put an expansion around the doors and windows because they do not want to explain why there is a gap around the windows and doors they do not caulk, but not having the proper expansion causes problems down the road when there is no room for movement.

Roof rakes should have a two inch clearance from the shingles to the stucco and have a kick out flashing installed. This ensures the roof run off does not get behind the system. 

Dryvit is a register trade mark of Dryvit Systems, Inc. and we are in no way affiliated with them.


Dryvit Repair


Dryvit Repair


EIFS Liquid Moisture Barrier

EIFS Liquid  Moisture Barrier

An in depth look at EIFS Liquid Moisture Barrier

Traditionally, the substrate (OSB) was wrapped with a cloth type building wrap, but after some pretty extensive testing done by The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) it was proven that a EIFS liquid moisture barrier is much more effective in an EIFS application for moisture drainage. Read more EIFS Liquid Moisture Barrier


Dryvit ®

The Dryvit System

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