from the July 2000 Builder/Architect Washington Metro
....... Stucco buildings
are also an important part of architectural history.
Today's exterior insulation and finish systems (EIFS)
allow the look of stucco to be expanded across regions
where original stucco products could never stand up
to the elements. At the same time, these EIF systems
retain and improve upon some of the original insulating
and flexible application attributes that authentic
stucco provided. While the
EIFS industry faced criticism early on because of
water infiltration problems, builders today realize
that the responsibility primarily lies with properly
designing flashings and using the right windows to
keep moisture from damaging an EIF system.
But the EIFS industry decided several years ago that
it was necessary to design weather protection barriers
into their systems to accommodate the realities of
construction. They took an aggressive stance on the
concerns by creating new water drainage systems and
extending warranties to back up the assurance that
EIFS is a durable product. Distributors have also
taken a strong role in training builders on application
methods and monitoring what is being done in the field.
EIF systems offer
limitless design options, making them particularly
practical in the quest to build a distinctive home.
Incorporating custom-cut expanded polystyrene (EPS)
shapes into a building's exterior is a cost-effective
way to achieve a special look. Decorative moldings,
quoins, arches, and other intricate shapes are some
of the possibilities. Once cut to specifications,
the foam shapes can then be attached to exterior building