Buying an EIFS home

Buying an EIFS home

Buying an EIFS home; what to look for

When buying an EIFS home you can real hit a home run if you know what you are looking for. I don’t think it is any secret that the EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) industry has an applicator problem, and that cannot be good. I think most professionals, if not all, would agree that the Exterior Insulation and Finish System product is a very good one, and when applied correctly is an excellent product (The Department of Energy’s testing by Oak Ridge National Laboratory concluded that Exterior insulation and Finish System out preforms brick, stucco, concrete block and cementitious fiber board siding). The question is how can you tell, when buying a Synthetic Stucco home, that the cladding was done correctly. Actually, for the trained eye it is a pretty simple process. There are a few basic things to look for. One of the most important things to look for is kick out flashing. If the house has kick out flashing that Buying a EIFS homeis a real good sign. The second thing to look for is the termination at the grade. The Exterior Insulation and Finish System should be at least 6 inches above grade. If the bottom of the Synthetic Stucco has a weep track then you know the home has a Water Management System. These two things are key to a good job, and when buying a Synthetic Stucco home they are the most important things to look for. The third thing to look for will really tell you that you have a winner, and that is around the windows and doors. The windows and doors should have an expansion joint around them, and the joint should be caulked. That caulk will fail one day, and has to be maintained, but we know that, and that is not really what we are looking for, what we are looking for, is if the Base Coat material goes back to the substrate in the expansion joint. If the material goes back all the way to the substrate, then when that caulk fails, there will not be exposed foam for water to soak into. You can be pretty confident when buying a EIFS home that you have a winner if the windows and doors are done this way.

One of the major things you want to make sure of is that the home has a moisture barrier like tyvek, tar paper, or a painted on barrier. Without a moisture barrier if the system fails it will rot the substrate. This can be very devastating if the substrate is wood. Unfortunately, the only way to know if there is a moisture barrier behind the system is to cut a hole in the system, and take a look. The reason this is so important is that if there is a moisture barrier the only damage will be to the Synthetic Stucco, and not to the substrate, so you will know what you are getting into for repairs, and not have major surprises trying to replace the substrate, and even the structure itself.

In closing, with an educated buyer the product can be a very attractive investment. If you can find an Exterior Insulation and Finish System home that was built by a high quality contractor that knew what they were doing, and did not cut any corners, you can buy a really great home for a steal of a deal. The problems in the residential Synthetic Stucco industry have lowered the prices of these homes, and for the ones that were done correctly they are very much worth the investment.

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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 EIFS Training is for all Synthetic Stucco, Dryvit, Senergy Sto, Master Wall, and Parex.

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EIFS Repair in Virginia

EIFS Repair in Virginia

EIFS Repair Services Virginia

All your EIFS Repairs can be handled by our trained EIFS professionals in Virginia. We have trained EIFS Repair applicators in Fredericksburg, Hampton, Manassas, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, and Williamsburg. Which covers a vast area of Virginia. If you are within 100 miles of any one of these cities you are likely in our coverage area. But if not, we may still be able to get to you. so do not hesitate to call us. Your EIFS Repair in Virginia can be handled by us. If you are not one to do your own EIFS Repairs. Call 586-489-7932 for more details on your EIFS Repair in Virginia.

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EIFS Repair in Southeastern Michigan

EIFS Repair in Southeastern Michigan

Exterior Insulation and Finish System –  EIFS Repair in Southeastern Michigan

Including these cities listed below

EIFS Repair in Southeastern Michigan. Residential and commercial repairs. You can be sure our Certified EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) Applicators are the best in the industry. EIFS Repair is based in Sterling Heights Michigan, and we have been doing quality EIFS projects in Southeastern Michigan for over 20 years. From Monroe to Dearborn to Chesterfield we cover Southeastern Michigan. We do Residential and Commercial projects. We take pride in our work, and educating ourselves on new industry standards and building codes. Our customers are the most educated customers, because we feel an educated customer is a good customer. Even if a customer does not have us do the job, at least they know what to good quality job is, and what to look for when getting an EIFS job done that will last the test of time. The Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) is based on a piece of foam, so it may be the most unforgiving product for a contractor that is cutting corners. Business owners and home owners can educate them selves on the Exterior Insulation and Finish System here, and police their own job site to make sure the EIFS contractor is not cutting corners, or hire a EIFS professional that will spell out in writing how the project is to be applied, and follow those laid out instructions to the letter. The Next Generation of EIFS is here … does your EIFS contractor know what it is, and how to apply it?

AlgonacAllen ParkAllenton


Ann Arbor


Auburn Hills





Beverly Hills

Bingham Farms


Bloomfield Hills

Bloomfield Township



Brownstown Township





Center Line





Clay Township

Clinton Township






DavisburgDearbornDearborn Heights



Drayton Plains


East China

East Detroit





Fair Haven


Farmington Hills


Flat Rock

Fort Gratiot




Garden City



Grosse Ile

Grosse Pointe



Harper Woods

Harrison Township

Harsens Island





Hazel ParkHighlandHighland Park



Huntington Woods




Keego Harbor


La Salle

Lake Orion




Lathrup Village


Lincoln Park


Luna Pier


Madison Heights


Marine City








Mount Clemens






New BaltimoreNew BostonNew Haven

New Hudson


North Street



Oak Grove

Oak Park


Orchard Lake



Ottawa Lake


Pearl Beach



Pleasant Ridge



Port Huron




River Rouge



Rochester Hills




Royal Oak


Saint Clair

Saint Clair Shores




Shelby Township

Smiths Creek

South Lyon

South Rockwood



Sterling Heights

Sylvan Lake





Union Lake


Van Buren Township

Walled Lake





West Bloomfield


WestlandWhite LakeWhitmore Lake










 EIFS Repair in Southeastern Michigan

EIFS Repair in Southeastern Michigan

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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Determining what moisture barrier product to use

Exterior Insulation and Finish System Installation Process

Determining what moisture barrier product to use

There are several moisture barrier products out there these days and determining which one to use has a lot to do with what type of EIFS application you are going to be using. Are you going to be applying over OSB, Brick, a Block wall. The budget can also a determining factor. There are two good products which are; a rolled on air and moisture barrier and a wrap. The wrap is known as StuccoWrap® which is a lot like traditional Tyvek® , but it has ridges in it to help drain moisture. And the rolled application which all manufacturers have a version of. I personal like to use Senergy’s Senerg-Shield-R® version of the product. Either way you go they both work great. It is mandatory that you use Stucco Flashing Tape around the windows and doors. Stucco tape is a moisture barrier tape that is a rubberized asphalt membrane and it’s top layer is polyester which Alpha Base Coat adheres to very well.


  • DensGlass Gold®
  • OSB
  • Block Wall
  • Brick

Stucco Wrap

  • OSB
  • DensGlass Gold®

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Apply 100% acrylic polymer finish coat over alpha base coat

EIFS – Exterior Insulation and Finish System installation process

Applying the Finish Coat

The EIFS Finish Coat is applied over the Alpha Base Coat. The finish is troweled on and floated with a plastic float. It is very important to have a smooth surface for the finish to be troweled over, as the finish is only about a 1/16 of an inch thick. There are a few textures to choose from. The main three textures are Fine (which has a small aggregate and looks smooth or fine) , Medium (medium has a slightly larger aggregate and has a pebble look), and Coarse (coarse has even a larger aggregate and has a classic stucco look).  When floating the finish it is very important that all floaters use the same technique (every one uses 9″ circles) to keep the wall looking the same everywhere.

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Embed fiber glass cloth in the Alpha Base Coat

Exterior Insulation and Finish System installation process

The Alpha Base Coat is troweled on to the foam by an approved EIFS applicator and a fiber glass mesh is embedded into the base coat. The base coat is applied 1/8 of an inch thick. The fiber glass cloth comes in 38 inch and 48 inch rolls and is overlapped 2 inches. There can not be any eps foam that is not covered with fiber glass mesh. Including all corners. The base coat should be troweled on smooth and a corner tool used on all corners for a nice sharp look.

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What do we mean by prepping the EPS foam

Exterior Insulation and Finish System installation process

Prepping the eps foam is pretty straight forward. One of the beautiful things about EIFS is the ability to fix or change the appearance of an existing building or even do new and exciting things to a new construction project. In the prep stage the foam is rasped smooth, taking any highs or lows out of the surface. Chalk lines are popped to make all corners straight. Now for the fun stuff, the detail, which the sky is the limit here, from a simple ‘v’ groove to a ten foot two headed eagle coming out of the wall really anything is possible here. But more commonly, a nice crown molding and some columns.

Now that the foam has been prepped and the detail is on it is time for the base coat.

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