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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A quick overview of the EIFS installation process

EIFS installation process

An overview of the Exterior Insulation and Finish System or EIFS installation process

Exterior Insulation and Finish System / EIFS  installation process is as follows:

EIFS (Exterior insulation and Finish Systems) also known as synthetic stucco.

That was a quick overview of the EIFS process

Kick out flashing is a very important part of the EIFS install that seems to be over looked by contractors. We have an article explaining kick out flashing including what it is used for and how it should be installed.

Another important aspect of an EIFS installation is a water drainage system which we have covered in depth for you in a separate article as well. The Water Drainage System is very important to get right because if you don’t the substrate of the structure could be damaged if it is not used. We have taken the Water Management System on huge step further with our Water Prevention System.

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