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Do It Yourself EIFS Installation

As a precursor to this article I’ll say this: While it may seem like a good, money saving idea to install the EIFS yourself, it’s very technical work that even the skilled tradesmen run into problems with at times, so don’t do it yourself. Paying a professional contractor to install it will always prove to […]

Hot Wire and Knives for Grooving Insulation

Windlock is a major supplier of the EIFS industry and has some great tools for contractors. Any serious EIFS contractor will have some sort of hot wire tool to ease the process of installing grooves into the insulation – whether they’re for aesthetic reveals or are required per the manufacturer. “Hot Knives” are not actually […]

EIFS Walls Do Not Require Interior Polyethylene

Cliffs: The study points out that wall cavities (between the studs) in EIFS-clad buildings dried faster without the interior 4mil polyethylene barrier than with one. This is an important point to take a note of, because the majority of homes constructed use a 4mil polyethylene barrier between the drywall and studs based on outdated building […]

Blueskin on Windows: Why Is It Important

Without a doubt, one of the most common areas of water intrusion on any building is around window openings. Improperly installed windows will allow water to leak in behind claddings and onto framing members, and when mould or rot appears, the cladding is often inaccurately blamed. The fact is that improperly installed windows will cause […]

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