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2012 Guide to Budgeting For Your Stucco Renovation

This website was started to educate home owners and teach them how to evaluate quotes and contractors. There’s a massive gap between the technical information provided to building industries professionals, and the information available to the average consumer in every day language. The most common asked is obviously: Is this quote too high/low? No one […]

Efflorescence and Stucco Repairs

The base coat in stucco (both traditional and EIFS, or synthetic stucco) is a cementitious material. Because of the composition and nature of cement, salts that are naturally present within the material can be drawn out with water or moisture. Wikipedia defines Efflorescence as: In chemistry, efflorescence (which means “to flower out” in French) is […]

Why You Don’t Want to Select the Lowest Quote

The answer is simple: Accountability. Businesses exist to make a profit. Profits are how businesses hire new employees, stay in business year after year, and respond to claims/defects regarding their product. If a business is not generating a profit for the owner, then the owner has no reason to countinue running their own company. It […]

What Are Geometrically Defined Insulation Boards?

A relatively new modification to modern Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS, or “Synthetic Stucco”) are what is called (geek alert) Geometrically Defined Insulation Boards. What exactly does that mean? It’s a complex way of saying insulation with grooves cut into the back. The purpose of the grooves is to provide a way for water to […]

EIFS Cracking Due to Lack of Mesh

Exterior Insulation Finish Systems incorporate a coated fibreglass mesh designed to allow flexibility due to expansion and contraction, and prevent the base coat and finish coat from cracking. In situations where the base coat and finish coat crack, water is able to get into wall system where it can and will go through freeze/thaw cycles […]

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