Installation Special Attention
EIFS – Exterior Insulation and Finish System Installation Special Attention
This might seem like a strange title, but EIFS is a product that need some special attention as it is not like most other materials contractors and tradesmen are used to installing, and even the people that have been installing it for a long time there has been a lot of changes over the years.
It is important to keep up with the EIFS industry changes and updates to materials and techniques. The product has gone through extensive testing for years, and the improvements since the first EIFS product on the market are not just in the materials that you buy, but also in the way they are installed.
Most, or at least some, contractors and tradesmen are not known for their book smarts, and don’t take kindly to having to read books and manuals to change the way they install the products they have been working with their whole lives. The typical tradesmans attitude is ‘I have been doing it like this for ten years, and I’m not about to change now’. Which makes change take a lot longer than it probably should.
We stay diligent, and keep the information coming. In all forms possible. It is one thing to try to educate the tradesman and contractors, but educating the customer is another way we can make sure the product is being installed with the latest materials and techniques. We have got the information in the high end architects and designer hands, so most of the bigger projects have strict specifications that have to be followed by the contractors and tradesmen. The problem lies in the low ball guy that is by passing proper technique and materials to save a buck.
I guess the moral of the story is you get what you pay for. Make sure your EIFS contractor is spelling out the exact way that they are going to install the product, and only compare apples to apples. If one guy is 20% cheaper, but is not going to install all the same materials. It is no wonder why he is cheaper, but to forecast it over say 10 years it might be much cheaper to have it done right with the proper materials, as then you might not have a huge repair cost to factor in.
Some of the things you should be looking for in the proposal, other than the typical procedures you would expect, is how the terminations are going to be addressed including grade, roof rakes and windows. Is a liquid Moisture barrier going to be applied over wood substrate. How rough openings are going to be treated. What steps are being taken to assure proper flashing, expansion joints, and caulking. We have videos and articles on all these topics you can watch and read.