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5 Things to Look for In Your Exterior Insulation and Finish System

5 Things to Look for In Your Exterior Insulation and Finish System

When building a new home or making repairs to an existing home, one of the most important considerations to make is for the exterior design. The exterior of your home isn’t just there to look good. It helps trap and release heat, prevent leaks, and has a number of other effects that can help save you money while keeping your home safe. 

With that said, here are some of the most important elements to look for when choosing an exterior insulation and finish system for your home.

1. Water-Resistant

Water damage is one of the most frustrating issues plaguing the owners of new and old homes alike. Whether the structure of your home has deteriorated over the years or a design flaw exposes an entrance for water, the resulting damages can be expensive. 

That’s why you need to make sure your Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) include elements like flashings for drainage, drainage board systems, window-frame membranes, water barrier applications, and air barriers.

This way, your home will stay protected against rain, melting snow, and humidity – saving you time and money while preventing frustration.

2. Airflow Control

The last thing you want in your home or building is a cool draft in the middle of winter. But you also don’t want your exterior to restrict airflow to a level where it feels like you’re trapped in a stuffy box during the summer months. 

Your EIFS should provide the perfect combination of air circulation and restriction so that you are comfortable during every season.

3. Building Code Approved

Your home or building is a place where family, friends, co-workers, and clients frequently spend time or visit. With this in mind, you want to make sure you’re providing the safest environment possible for these people. 

The easiest way to do so is to make sure that you comply with the Alberta building codes and standards found here

If you’re unsure what you need to do to meet these standards, just ask the company in charge of installing your EIFS what they do to comply! 

4. Thermally Efficient

The average home can lose approximately 30-50% of its heat through exterior walls. 

A properly installed EIFS built with the right materials can make a huge difference in the amount of heat that escapes your home. This is especially important considering the sub-zero temperatures that are experienced in Alberta for the majority of the year. 

In order to save money on your monthly utility bill and keep your family warm, thermal efficiency should play a major factor when choosing an EIFS for your home or business.

5. Flexible Design Options

Function and aesthetics should seamlessly combine in the design of your home or building’s exterior. 

In order for this to happen, your EIFS needs to be crafted out of the right material and installed by a team of professionals who can appreciate the unique design requirements of your home. 

EIFS from Depend Exteriors 

Depend Exterior’s EIFS systems include all of the above characteristics, making them the perfect choice for building the exterior of your new home or doing repairs on your existing exterior.


Contact us today to learn more about what makes our EIFS systems the best in Edmonton!

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