Window prep for EIFS application

Window prep for an EIFS application

Proper window prep for an EIFS application is very important

With new construction EIFS it  is imperative to get the EIFS contractor in on the job site before the windows go in, so they can treat the window frames before they go in. If this is not done the entire system has a chance of failure before it even begins. Lets face it even the best windows can leak, and most times you did not buy the best, so it is a safe beat that sooner or later the windows will leak. If the window frame is now treated this is a recipe for disaster down the road. Even if you do not want or cannot get the EIFS guy down there before hand to treat the windows do it yourself. Simply apply flashing tape around the window frame. It has to cover the entire window jam, and come out on the face about 4 inches. Make sure the corners are cover well, and that there are no wrinkles in the tape. Of course, the EIFS manufacturers (Dryvit, Senergy, Sto) all carry a brand of the flashing tape, but in a pinch you can buy flashing tape at the local hardware store if it is going to be the difference between having all your windows protected or not. You may want to contact the EIFS manufacturer you are using for the project, and find out if not using the flashing tape, or not using the correct flashing tape is going to void your material warranty.

What happens when the windows are already in?

What should happen is that the windows come out, and the windows are treated with flashing tape. If the windows are not done correctly there is a good chance you are voiding the warranty. The specifications from the material manufacturer are very clear on the application of flashing tape around the windows.

How do you apply the Flashing Tape?

You start at the bottom of the window sil. The Flashing tape should go all the back to the inside edge of the sil jam, and down four inches onto the face of the wall. The tape should be cut six inches longer than the window opening to allow the tape to go up the window frame on each side by at least three inches. Use your knife to cut along three inch vertical and lay  the tape down on to the face of the wall. Make sure there are no wrinkles in the tape. Apply a small piece of tape in the corner that goes all the way to the edge of the sil jam out and onto the face of the wall at least four inches. The apply the two verticals the same way and finally the top of the window is applied.

What qualifies as Flashing Tape when it comes to EIFS?

When it comes to EIFS there are very trick rules, and variations of products is to be done very carefully as not to void your warranty. I will use Dryvit® and its particular material line to address these products used for window treatments. There are several products you can use to treat the windows with. Dryvit’s AquaFlash® being one of the best.

This post actually started from another post, and I wanted to expand on it as it is such an important topic.

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Becoming an EIFS Repair Customer

Becoming an EIFS Repair Customer

The easiest way of becoming an EIFS Repair customer is to have us do an EIFS job for you

That is certainly not the only way of becoming an EIFS Repair Customer. You can also buy the EIFS Repair kit, hire us to do EIFS Training  or subscribe to our customer area of our EIFS Repair Forum. If you have us come out, and do an EIFS job for you, or Train your guys you will automatically qualify for a free subscription for one year on our EIFS Repair Forum. Our customer area of the Forum is where you can access all the EIFS information and data you will ever need. The question and answer section of the customer area cover the most complicated and detailed EIFS questions from the finer points of EIFS Repair to Government studies on the product. Purchasing an EIFS Repair kit is another way you can qualify for a one year free membership to the customer area of the forum.

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That is simple you can purchase a one year subscription to the EIFS Repair Customer Area for only $3.99 an month. Your subscription will allow you access to the entire Customer area of the site and the ability to ask your EIFS questions and have them answered by an EIFS professional.

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EIFS Certification

EIFS Certification

Your EIFS Applicator should be trained and have a Dryvit Certification

Keeping up to date on the EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) industry and it’s ever changing technologies is key to being a good applicator. Building codes are changing from year to year with the ‘Green Moment’ at the fore front of American Building. New standards and technologies are being introduced to the Synthetic Stucco industry like never before. Test data from the Department of Energy indicates Exterior Insulation and Finish System will be a formidable product for years to come to help America reduce its energy consumption from the building sector, which at present uses about 10% of the worlds energy produced.

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Dryvit Certifications

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  Outsulation System

The original system





Dryvit Cert Outsulation Plus  Outsulation Plus System

Uses the liquid moisture barrier over the substrate





Dryvit-Cert-Outsulation-X  Outsulation X System

Uses foam with a high R value but the foam cannot be sanded 






EIFS Certification

EIFS CertificationEIFS CertificationInfrared Thermography Inspection Training Course

EIFS repair thermal imaging


A thermal imaging camera is a great tool to have if you do EIFS repairs for a living. 





Master Wall Exterior Insulation and Finish System Applicator Certification

EIFS Certification


Master Wall Applicator Certification







Parex Applicator Certification

EIFS Certification



Parex Applicator Certification







EIFS Certification BASF Online Campus For High-Performance Construction


High Performance EIFS for Sustainable Construction





EIFS Certification

BASF Online Campus For High-Performance Construction


 Sealant Repairs that Last: Hybrid Sealants for Building Restoration





Spray Polyurethane Foam Air Barriers BASF Online Campus For High-Performance Construction


Spray Polyurethane Foam Air Barriers







Hanley Wood University – Continuing Education & Training
for Architects, Builders, Contractors and Remodelers

EIFS CertificationProperties and Benefits of Exterior Insulated Finishing Systems (EIFS) – Sponsor, EIMA (EIFS Industry Members Association)





EIFS CertificationContinuous Insulated Claddings for Energy Efficiency and Architectural Diversity – Dryvit ® Dryvit Care ®





 Build Design + Construction University

BASF Sustainable Construction Academy

EIFS CertificationNew Developments in Concrete Construction





An Overview of Pest Bird Deterrent Systems Certification


EIFS Bird Deterent SystemAn overview of bird deterrent products, along with the characteristics of common pest birds, bird problem assessment, and the issues and concerns associated with the roosting and nesting of pest birds.





Manage Moisture: Solutions for Exterior Walls

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Common mistakes that lead to moisture failures, how to recognize them and then prevent them. 





Moisture Management in Walls

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Managing and preventing moisture in residential walls






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How to get Homeowners Insurance for your EIFS home

How to get Homeowners Insurance for your EIFS home

Don’t worry we will show you how to get homeowners insurance for your EIFS home

First of all, don’t listen to all those naysayers out there that are trying to tell you, you can’t get homeowners insurance on your home. The fact is EIFS is a very good product and is on nearly one in three commercial buildings in this country. The folks here at EIFS Repair started getting calls from homeowners that were having problems with this, so we did some research, got on the phones, and this is how to get homeowners insurance for your EIFS home.

Before you buy, you are going to want to invest in an EIFS inspection. This is not done by just any inspector, but by a specially trained EIFS inspector.  Typically this inspection is going to include some sort of moisture testing. Actually, you are going to want to make sure of it. A visual inspection is not enough, you are going to want some numbers and to see where the moisture levels read high, and what percentage of moisture is behind your EIFS if any at all. The thing about the moisture testing is that a lot of the EIFS inspectors use a probed moisture tester, which means the inspector will be drilling a bunch of small holes through your EIFS. These holes must be repaired properly, so that down the road you are not getting moisture from the EIFS inspection itself. There are a few quality moisture testers out now that are prob-less you may want to request this testing devise.  A typical EIFS inspection will cost any where from $500.00 to $1,200.00 depending on where you are located in the country. Another good alternative to the moisture meter testing is to use Thermal Imaging for the test. The Thermal Imaging typically cost a few hundred dollars  more, but is a very good alternative, as it gives you a picture of the troublesome areas for you to look at.

After you have your EIFS inspection complete you will know exactly what repairs need to be done if any, and a you now can call in an EIFS Repair guy to give you an estimate on the repairs. When the EIFS applicator gives you his bid it is a good idea to get him to submit a yearly maintenance schedule for him to come, and do a visual inspection of the caulk and EIFS.  The insurance companies will like to see this.

Now that that the house has passed an EIFS inspection you only need to call the insurance company and get homeowners insurance for your home. Call your insurance company,, and explain what you have done. If they are an insurance company that has a strick policy, and will not cover your home try these insurance companies.

Advanced Insurance of Boca Raton
21845 Powerline Rd, #205
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Contact: Chuck Hemphill
(954) 416-9698
All Risks Ltd
11911 NE 1st St, Suite B-205
Bellevue, WA 98005
Contact: Corky Weber
(425) 372-0038
Alternative Risk Company
PO Box A
Independence, MO 64051
Contact: Chad Brown
(888) 474-1217
BB&T-John Burnham Insurance
750 B Street, Suite 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Contact: Geoffrey Shelton
(619) 525-2883
Bouchard Insurance
101 Starcrest Dr
Clearwater, FL 33765
Contact: Ileane Altamura
(727) 373-2712
Brower Insurance
(all states except Hawaii and Alaska)
409 E. Monument Ave., Ste. 400
Dayton, OH 45402
Contact: Jeff Lightner, CIC, CRIS
(937) 285-8203
Brown & Brown Insurance of Florida
1201 W. Cypress Creek Rd
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Contact: Andrew Noye
(954) 331-1319
Brown & Brown Insurance
1145 Broadway Plaza #700
Tacoma, WA 98402
Contact: Bryan J. Dunn
(253) 335-2427
CRC Insurance Services
One Metroplex Drive, Suite 400
Trussville, AL 35173
Contact: Sherry Curtis

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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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The Do It Yourself EIFS Repair Kit – The Trowel

The Do It Yourself EIFS Repair Kit

The trowel is a very important tool in the EIFS Repair Kit

The EIFS Repair Kit includes a trowel which is your application tools. The shape of the trowel is perfect for scoping out the cement mix and gives you a great way to spread EIFS Repair Kit Trowelthe cement smoothly onto the wall. The EIFS cement mix is made to be applied very thin, approx. 1/8″ thick with little waves or bumps in the cement coat. The cement coat should be applied with great detail to perfection as the finish coat will only look as good as the cement coat under it. If you can not get it smooth you can let you best work dry and come back and sand it smooth. The best think to sand the cement coat with is floor sand paper. You can find floor sand paper at your local home improvement store. Another thing to keep in mind is that your cement will dry up after time and become very hard to work with. The dry time has a lot to do with the temperature. If you are working on a cloudy 60 degree day you may have about 45 minutes to work with your cement before it begins to show signs of drying up. But if you are out on a sunny 90 degree day you may only have about 10 minutes to complete your project. Keep in mind that the EIFS material should never be applied in weather that is below 40 degrees.

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Using simple EIFS practices to create dynamic effects

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Using simple EIFS practices to create dynamic effects

Some of the more basic techniques in the EIFS industry can have the best results. One of the industry specifications is a control joint every 15 feet or so. What you can do is incorporate this into a design. We call these control joints v-grooves. The v-grooves can be placed in an ascetically pleasing pattern with very little effort and the results can be amazing. The foam can also be used to create some fabulous detail. The foam can be cutEIFS Detail | Exterior Insulation and Finish System into any shape or size and stuck to the wall before the fiberglass based cement is applied. A simple but effective way to get a good look is to cut foam pieces on a table saw  that are maybe 12 inches and the cut 8 inch pieces and stick them on top of each other to create a stair step. Many times we will do a 12′ and an 8″ over that and then a 4″ over that to give a 3 stair step at the roof line of a building.

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How to match the color for an EIFS repair

How to match the color for an EIFS repair.

EIFS Repair ‘Tip Of The Day’ for 3-23-2011 – How to match the color of an EIFS repair

One of the hardest things with doing an EIFS repair is matching the color. As I have said in previous posts it is best to go coast-to-coast with all your patches. But, even then it is imperative that the new patches color matches with the rest of the building.  The best way to insure your patch is going to match the existing building is to cut a 3 ich by 3 inch square from the damaged area. I know that sounds bad to make the patch even bigger, but it is by far, the best way to make sure it is going to match. Even if you have the color code from the customer, that does not mean it is not going to be an exact match. The building has been done for some time, and the weather and other environmental conditions have faded the color to some degree.  Having the exact color that went on the building, and from what manufacturer is a great plus, and gives you a good place to start with the color, but some tweaking is going to be in order. Hopefully your local material house has a good color guy on staff. I usually spend a an hour or so with him getting the color exact.

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How to match the color of an EIFS Repair
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How to match the color for an EIFS repair.

Getting an EIFS patch to look right

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Getting an EIFS patch to look right. How to repair EIFS

One of the keys to getting an EIFS patch to look right is to make sure the patch is feathered in correctly. The patch will stick out from the wall slightly more than the rest of the wall which may not seem like a big deal, but when the sun shines on it the patch will stick out like a sore thumb. The key to preventing this from happening is to use a paint brush to feather your brown mud out past the actual patched area a few inches in all directions. Then when the finish is run the same thing is done. The finish should be feathered a few inches into the existing finish then lightly hit with the float to knock down any high spots. It is important to get a real good texture and color match for best results.

The only other way to do an EIFS Patch in the middle of the wall and have it look alright is to tape off the area to be repaired in a square block. Do the repair and pull the tape after you run the finish coat. The repair will look nice and square like you planned it to look like that, but this technique will show an obvious patch.

Running the EIFS coast to coast (from stopping point to stopping point) can be very expensive on large walls so it is practical to do the EIFS repairs in many situations.

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