E.I.F.S. is an acronym for "Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems", and is also known as synthetic stucco. It was developed in Europe after World War II to retrofit masonry walls. During the mid-1970, E.I.F.S. became very popular due to the demand for insulation wall systems that conserved energy, heating, and cooling.
There are six layers to installing E.I.F.S.
EI.F.S is designed to last for the life of a building. Still, the actual longevity of any building depends mainly on the maintenance program implemented by the owner/maintenance company or quality of the installer. It's highly relevant to conduct a visual inspection every 6-8 months or after any significant temperature change, mainly if the home or building is near a highway or in a damp climate location. High levels of dirt, mildew, and algae can affect the frequency of the maintenance procedure(s).
- Direct damage to the E.I.F.S. (e.g., cracks/holes)
- Worn, damaged, or cracked sealant around openings or expansion joints, windows, and doors.
- Damaged or deteriorated flashing. Either on top or the bottom where the E.I.F.S. ends.
- Damage to other exterior wall components (e.g., windows or cast stone)
- Use an extract fan in the room(s) and try to use externally vented gas heaters.
- Opening the front/back door and windows wide for just 10–15 minutes each day can lower moisture levels inside.
- Raise the temperature inside the home/building above 64 degrees.
- Buy a dehumidifier(s) and place it in the room you're using. Don't forget to empty the dehumidifier after each use.
EIFS Restoration (reStore)
- The best way to restore E.I.F.S. to life is to wash it using a combination of high pressured water along with low pressured water and non-abrasive cleaners. Don't hold the nozzle of the pressure washer to close to the surface because the high pressure may damage the finish.
- You can also repaint the old E.I.F.S. with a unique stucco paint that won't prevent the E.I.F.S. from breathing, which might reduce the possibility of humidity being caught between the frame of the home/building and the E.I.F.S. Regular paint is a sealing agent.
- Keep in mind that color(s) can't be 100% matched; it'll either be slightly lighter or darker. You can choose a new color or new texture for the finish.
E.I.F.S. Refacing (recommended)
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- Controlling humidity levels;
- Promptly fixing leaky roofs, windows, and pipes;
- Thoroughly cleaning and drying affected area after flooding;
- Open all windows and doors to allow fresh air circulation.