Q: What is EIFS?
A: EIFS stands for Exterior Insulating and Finishing System and is commonly known as EIFS. EIFS originated in Europe and was introduced into the United States in the 1960s.
There are different types of EIFS, but the most common type used on residential construction is called PB EIFS. The “PB” stands for polymer-based which indicates that the coatings of the EIFS contain a substantial amount of polymer (plastic resin) that strengthens and seals the coatings.
Q: Why use EIFS
A: This product adds an insulating factor to the outside of the wall which helps to reduce heating and cooling cost. The finish coat can be multiple colors and textures.
Q: I need a repair on my EIFS System, does the entire wall have to be done?
A: It depends on where the repair is, and how old the previous stucco was put on, with time the colour of the finish coat does change due to the environmental changes as in rain/snow/sun etc, so with that being said most of the time the repair can be done not a problem but if you just try to touch up the fixed area because of the fix then with the new finish that is applied on that area will show a difference compared to the rest of the wall, so if that is the case then we suggest to finish coat the wall entirely to give it a clean and updated look.
Q: I would like to give my EIFS System a new paint job, can I do this myself with paint?
A: We do not suggest this as the products for the EIFS Systems are manufactured totally different then the average paint you might be able to purchase from a local supplier, and we always suggest trowelling on coat of the finish colour as you have chosen.
Q: What is the life span of an EIFS System
A: This all depends on the EIFS Contractor and how good they do their job, if they rush thrue it, or use other products that do not belong in the system, and if they do not seal the windows and joints properly you will have your system fail. If everything is done properly then it will last forever.
Q: If I purchased a property with a very poorly done EIFS System is it replaceable?
A: Yes ofcourse it is, we remove the existing cladding from all walls, and inspect the support wall, where we will apply the new EIFS System to, once we complete our inspections and see if any repairs might be needed like studs or sheathing then we will apply everything on to it, and complete it properly.
Q: How do I know if the EIFS Applicators do good work and are right for my job?
A:In the past few years we have been getting calls to do a lot repairs for customers which other companies that have been over nighters have come and have disappeared with finishing it in a poorly manor or not even finishing it at all. You should be able to get references, and address’s of previous work. You should be able to reach them at almost all times and even if not with them returning your call in short period of time. It is also advised to not go for the cheapest quote as well, if there is much of a price difference, then there is an issue.
Q: What causes most of the problems with stucco?
A: EIFS was originally intended to seal and insulate the exterior of the home from the elements. Problems occur when poorly installed or missing caulking and flashing allow water to leak into the space behind the system. Since the systems were designed to keep moisture out, moisture that does penetrate the system has no way to escape and remains trapped within the wall. Many stucco systems have never been caulked and are missing important flashings that can prevent the majority of moisture from penetrating the system. Windows have proven to be a major source of moisture penetration in stucco homes due to gaps or cracks in their construction. Double hung windows are typically the worst type of window for allowing moisture into the wall cavity. It is important to remember that even a little moisture can present a substantial risk since it can sometimes take many months for the moisture to dissipate from a stucco system. Typically, moisture will continue to penetrate the stucco before the existing moisture has had enough time to dry out. This causes the support wood to be exposed to moisture on a continuous basis, which will eventually causes the wood to rot.