Presto Restoration EIFS elastomeric coating service provides a waterproof barrier that will help maintain your commercial building’s surface integrity.
Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) is a commercial building cladding system that became popular in the 1980s. Considered an ideal energy-efficient thermal application, they’re used to provide the exteriors of commercial structures with an insulated finished surface that can then be finished with a protective wall coating.
Many commercial contractors who apply full EIFS have discovered it makes good sense to apply elastomeric finishes and coatings on new projects. These EIFS elastomeric coatings are also an ideal solution for protecting existing buildings that have EIFS facades. Because while EIFS have many advantages, they do tend to suffer from problems like cracks, surface deterioration, joint issues, all of which can result in water intrusion. Another problem? The warranty on EIFS is usually only good for 10 years, and that’s with proper maintenance.
Why EIFS Needs a Waterproof Coating
Unlike traditional stucco, which is made of inorganic cement, EIFS is comprised of polymeric (organic) bonded aggregate and cement reinforced with a glass mesh. Although the two claddings look similar, they perform very differently. They also require different care and maintenance. Without waterproofing, water can penetrate the seams of the panels.
EIFS is typically applied to a solid wall like brickwork, blockwork, pre-cast panels, and so on. The multi-layered wall systems are made up of several components:
- Adhesives are used to “glue” insulation board to the exterior wall surface.
- Insulation board made of polystyrene or mineral wool secured to the outer wall surface.
- Mechanical fasteners that secure the insulation board to the exterior wall surface.
- Base coats that are applied to the insulation and reinforced with EIFS glass fiber mesh.
- Finish coats that give a durable yet decorative finish.
While there are a number of versions of EIFS used in the construction industry, the most common is called “barrier EIFS” or “conventional EIFS.”
Common EIFS Problems
Cracks at window joints, other joint issues, and product deterioration are typical EIFS problems that all lead to water intrusion. In many cases, moisture accumulates in wall cavities and, in more advanced cases, can lead to serious mold growth and pest infestation.
It doesn’t matter which region a building is located in, those built with EIFS are subject to climate effects like humidity and rain. In colder climates, the freeze-thaw cycle causes cracks and other problems that must be addressed before spring rains appear. The bottom line? All EIFS eventually leak.
EIFS Elastomeric Coating Services
A lot of time and money goes into maintaining a commercial building. Protecting your EIFS clad building from water intrusion keeps it structurally sound. Presto’s EIFS elastomeric coating services are a terrific choice for waterproofing EIFS surfaces as they:
- Provide a durable and waterproof barrier that resists damages caused by extreme weather conditions.
- Offer superior performance over the long term.
- Deliver a strong ROI, when applied correctly.
Our elastomeric coatings preserve your building’s exterior surface from rain, wind, UV rays, and temperature fluctuations and prevent them from causing significant damage. They easily bridge surface cracks and shift with a building’s movement to prevent future cracks from forming.
Presto is the preferred elastomeric coating company for many building owners and property managers across the country. When applying our EIFS elastomeric coating, we take precautions to protect surrounding areas. We also keep a close eye on drift, which is the distance the coating particles can travel when caught by the wind.
Aside from being available in a wide variety of colors, one of the greatest advantages to elastomeric coatings is how easy they are to maintain. Soap and water are all it takes for cleanup at application time, and a building rinse down every few years keeps the surface looking like new.
Contact a Waterproofing Expert
Presto Restoration offers a wide range of waterproof coating services, including weatherproof coating, deck coating, painting & coating, vehicular traffic bearing coating, exterior painting, industrial coatings, and concrete sealing. Each of our professional waterproofing services and solutions produces waterproof surfaces that last for decades and ensure your building and parking structure look beautiful for years to come.
Whether you own or manage an EIFS-clad high-rise corporate headquarters, multi-family residence building, or other commercial building, Presto believes you can achieve maximum value of the property through the application of elastomeric coatings.
We are always looking for our next project. If your commercial building needs exterior restoration services, call us at 1-800-785-9927 or Request a Quote.