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Excerpts from the July 2000 Builder/Architect Washington Metro Edition

....... 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 materials.

 

 

 

 

 

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