EIFS Repair, Lakeland, FL
Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) is an exterior wall cladding system involving at least three levels; an insulation board fixed to the wall material itself, the base coat, and the protective coating. It's popular because it's effective and quick to install, covering even large areas efficiently. EIFS has evolved since it first started to be used on commercial buildings back in the sixties and has become gradually more complex. The insulation board is usually reinforced with a water resistant layer, and a drainage layer is normally incorporated between the two. Glass fiber reinforcement is now normal in the base layers. The result is a tough and water resistant cladding for buildings, but in the face of the famous Florida climate any exterior coating is going to have to battle temperature change and humidity.
Why EIFS needs Repair
Impacts can create dents and cracks, and as with any coating once the outer layer is penetrated there's a risk of water ingress and all the problems that go with that. While EIFS is relatively easy to install, repairing it is a matter for the experts owing the relative complexity of the different layers involved and the expertise required to understand exactly what kind of EIFS is in use and how to repair it. Professionals who can truly repair EIFS are relatively few and far between owing to the understanding required of the multiple lamina involved in different applications. Fortunately for you you've just found Lakeland Stucco Repair Pros, and EIFS is what we do.
No matter what type of external coating or cladding you have on a property it requires inspection if you want to minimize the cost of maintenance and tackle the small jobs before they become big (and expensive) jobs. Which is why if you have EIFS cladding you want an EIFS expert to come and check it out for you to help identify whether minor damage is likely to turn into a major headache. We'll be happy to conduct an inspection of your EIFS and give you that reassuring clean bill of health or catch those little cracks and flaws before they lead to more complicated repair work.
EIFS is a blanket term for a number of laminate (layer) approaches that have become more sophisticated over the years. EIFS is very effective against water but once the outer layer is penetrated by impacts or weathering then there is a risk of water ingress causing longer term problems. We can identify cracks and impact damage and professionally strip back the layers that are affected without going back to the wall itself (not a recommended idea) so as to create a patch that extends beyond the damaged area and melds with the existing and undamaged EIFS.
If you have a simple impact issue the last thing you want is for the repair to end up more prominent than the original damage. Which is why we promise to match the appearance of our repairs to the rest of your wall cladding so nobody else can tell that you had a repair in the first place.