Exterior Insulation and Finishing System (EIFS)

Your Local Experts for EIFS Solutions

It’s time to reinforce your wood framed building before costly water damage sets in. Turn to Marina Stucco for exterior insulation and finishing system (EIFS) installation services in the greater Calgary area. EIFS is a building exterior wall cladding system for homes and commercial buildings designed to provide an insulated finished service and waterproofing in an integrated composite material system.

Call (403) 889 4504 today for a free estimate on EIFS installation services. Our experienced team can design and install the insulation and finishing system that you envision.

Is an EIFS the same as Synthetic Stucco?

Often referred to as synthetic stucco, EIFS is not stucco. There are a number of versions of EIFS. The most basic and common EIFS is called a barrier EIFS (also known as a traditional or conventional EIFS). Another type is called EIFS with Drainage, which is a barrier EIFS to which a water drainage capability has been added. An additional benefit of EIFS is the option to add architectural details that are composed of the same materials. EIFS mouldings or as they are commonly referred to, stucco mouldings, come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. They are widely used on residential and commercial projects in North America and are gaining popularity worldwide. EIFS is typically attached to the outside face of exterior walls with adhesive or mechanical fasteners. Adhesives are commonly used to attach EIFS to gypsum board, cement board, or concrete substrates.

Marina Stucco Services EIFS Calgary Home

Exterior Insulation and Finishing System (EIFS)EIFS consists of a number of layers that are installed in the following order. The most basic EIFS (a barrier EIFS) consists of 4 layers:

  1. The first layer is a High Performance, Non-cementitious Water-Resistive Membrane and Vapor Barrier.
  2. Next is a layer of foam insulation (also called simply “foam”) that comes in the form of sheets. Most EIFS use a type of insulation called Expanded Polystyrene, also known as EPS.
  3. The third is a reinforced layer that ia applied onto the face of the insulation, consisting of a fibreglass reinforcing mesh embedded in a cement adhesive (known as the base coat)
  4. A final topcoat which is a coloured, textured paint-like material that is applied with a trowel or, very rarely, by spraying. A wide range of colours and textures are available as well as custom colours. Available textures include smooth surfaces or rough “stucco-like” textures.

Is an EIFS System really beneficial?

The growing popularity of EIFS is due to the fact that few, if any, competitive materials offer such a wide range of desirable product benefits including:

  • Energy Efficient – conserve energy and lower costs, the exterior layer of insulation in EIFS reduces the loss of heat and air conditioning.
  • Versatile – colors, textures and effects can make your architectural vision a reality enhancing the appearance of your home.
  • Durable – designed to be highly flexible and low-maintenance, EIFS are specially-formulated to resist fading, cracking, dirt and more.

With over two decades of combined experience in the field, you can count on Marina Stucco to provide high quality stucco and exterior finish services. Contact us for a no obligation quote for your EIFS installation today.