Our Most Common Stucco Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
EIFS consists of insulation foams therefore when you tap on the walls as if you are tapping on a door, the sound should be hollow. Of course, the base coat layer could be something strong in nature, such as woodpecker protection coat so the sound might be solid as well. Best way to find out is to ask your builder and/or contractor.
We would not recommend trying to fix your building by yourself. EIFS is not considered a DIY project, it’s better to hire an experienced EIFS contractor.
If you need an EIFS system to be removed and replaced, there are few things that you should know along the way. To remove EIFS, entire system should be cut carefully including the insulation foams and membranes. Removed parts cannot be used again and should be discarded. Once the removal is done, the supporting walls are inspected for damage such as water/moisture damage and necessary steps are taken to prevent future damages.
EIFS comes in different styles, but the typical process involves an insulation board fastened or glued to the substrate, a fiberglass mesh and a basecoat.
Regular stucco is based on portland cement plaster. Instead of insulation boards and fiberglass mesh, it involves a self-furring metal lath and cement plaster basecoat. Making it durable but vulnerable to Canadian weather.
With capable hands and expert workmanship, repairs should be hard to detect. The repair can be visible due to the new finish coat color, which will be more fresh and shiny but over time, as the wall ages, the patch blends in and becomes much less visible.
Yes you can. However, most of the finish coats have additives and textures that can make it difficult for the paint to adhere. It is wise to contact an expert EIFS/stucco contractor.
The life cycle of systems such as EIFS and cement board stucco systems depend on how well they were initially installed and how well they have been maintained over time.
There are some EIFS projects dating back to 1950s in Europe and they are still in excellent condition, except requiring a fresh coat of paint once in a while to freshen appearance.
Definitely. The main problem with EIFS and all stucco systems is that the issues are rarely visible on the walls. Problems are usually hidden below the surface and a small problem could lead to huge amounts of money loss in the future. We advise to contact an experienced stucco/EIFS contractor prior to purchasing a building with aforementioned systems.
We guarantee all the services we provide. But we strongly believe that stucco and stone goes together and makes your building’s aesthetics much better. Over the years, we have seen that clients who choose both stucco and masonry systems together are the happiest.
You can choose among the following;
-cement texture finish (most popular)
Absolutely not. You can discuss with your family and friends to decide on a color during the job process. It is advisable to choose it before the base coat layer though.
If your windows and doors do not have proper seals around the trims and have gaps, we strongly advise to get caulking services. It is an effective and fast way of saving energy and moisture control.
Of course. Although it is not as much as our finish coat color portfolio, it is easy and manageable to find color similar to your wall and window/door frame colors.
Absolutely. We will work with you along the way so you can have your dream house.