EIFS Moisture Testing

EIFS Moisture Testing

EIFS repair and EIFS moisture testing goes hand in hand

I think it is about time we included EIFS moisture testing as a 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 the synthetic stucco. It takes years of particle experience in the field. We have been applying Exterior Insulation and Finish System for over 27 years and have been focused on synthetic stucco repairs full time for over 5 years. There is absolutely no one more qualified to do your Exterior Insulation and Finish System 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 the system 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 synthetic stucco 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. Moisture testing goes hand in hand with a visual inspection. Having the equipment is a great help in determining the problems but there is nothing that can replace 28 years of hands on experience. A good EIFS inspection utilizes testing equipment and years of experience in the field.  

EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) is also known as Dryvit™ or Synthetic Stucco.

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EIFS Moisture Testing

EIFS has become one of the most thoroughly tested wall systems ever produced

EIFS has become one of the most thoroughly tested wall systems ever produced

The enormous popularity of the EIFS product’s commercial application made it much easier for the product to rise to the top of the american commercial cladding industry. The products transition from the commercial industry to the residential industry brought unforeseen issues, which invoked a series of tests to prove the validity of the EIFS cladding.

EIFS TestingThe DOE – The Department of Energy contacted the EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA) to combine resources to have an EIFS study to confirm the performance of EIFS for insulating ability and moisture resistance. Field research was conducted on a specially made test building constructed with various cladding materials and fitted with sensors to record moisture content, humidity, temperature and other variables. EIFS walls are compared to stucco,  brick, cement board and concrete block. A hygrothermal model is being developed, which is a computer simulation that predicts wall performance from the field data.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Engineering Science and Technology Division

The hygrothermal performance of the net exterior insulation walls

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ATLANTA, Oct. 28, 2006 — EIFS “outperformed all other walls in terms of moisture while maintaining superior thermal performance.”

Read The Oak Ridge National Laboratory full report

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EIFS has become one of the most thoroughly tested wall systems ever produced

EIFS Testing – The most tested, and proven cladding on the planet

EIFS Testing – The most tested, and proven cladding on the planet

EIFS has been tested by the NIST, which is the federal technology agency that works with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards. EIFS Testing

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have evaluated the 50
life cycle stages of the environmental impact of EIFS. The test compares EIFS, brick, aluminum, stucco, vinyl, and cedar.

In conclusion:

EIFS saves money in construction costs, is greener and has energy efficient operation, and is the most environmentally responsible material tested.

EIFS is the superior cladding in all phases of building construction

Take a look at more of the environmental impact of EIFS test

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EIFS Testing – The most tested, and proven cladding on the planet