Benefits Of Acrylic Stucco
As one of the most popular exterior finishes for homes and businesses, there are numerous benefits associated with acrylic stucco.
Durable & Long Lasting — When choosing an exterior finish for your project, you’ll want to select a material that will withstand a large range of temperatures and climate conditions. Stucco outlasts wood and vinyl, and it has even proven to be more durable than brick. Numerous property owners throughout Alberta have used stucco for decades as it resists the detriments associated with blistering winds, heavy snowfall, rain, and heat.
Maintenance Free — Compared to other exterior siding materials, such as vinyl, stucco is virtually maintenance free. It never needs painting or re-installation, and rarely needs cleaning. Over time this can help save property owners significant amounts of money.
Fire Resistant — Not only is stucco incredibly durable, it’s also fire resistant. In fact, numerous insurance companies offer premium discounts with the installation of a stucco exterior: effectively saving you money year after year.
Increase in Market Value — With the growing popularity stucco and the classic style that it brings to the exterior of your building, property owners can expect to see an increase in market value when selling the holding.
What Is Exterior Insulation And Finishing System (EIFS)?
Both residential and commercial buildings benefit from the EIFS cladding system. It places insulation on the outside of the wall where it is more effective. It wraps your building in a moisture resistant material that prevents the movement of air, conserving a significant amount of energy. EIFS is the most cost effective and energy efficient option available in construction.
The most common type of EIFS is the polymer based (PB) system. This system has a nominally 1/16 inch thick reinforced base coat applied to the insulation prior to application of the finish coat. The insulation typically consists of closed expanded polystyrene (EPS) and can be either adhesively or mechanically attached to the sheathing. The second and less common type of EIFS is the polymer modified (PM) system. This system has a nominally 3/16 inch to 1/2 inch thick reinforced base coat applied to the insulation prior to application of the finish coat. The insulation typically consists of extruded expanded polystyrene (XPS) and is mechanically attached to the sheathing and or wall structure.
EIFS is available in two basic types: a barrier wall system or a wall drainage system. Barrier EIFS wall systems rely primarily on the base coat portion of the exterior skin to resist water penetration. Therefore, all other components of the exterior wall must either be barrier type systems or be properly sealed and flashed to prevent water from migrating behind the EIFS and into the underlying walls or interiors. Wall drainage EIFS systems are similar to cavity walls; they are installed over a weather barrier behind the insulation that acts as a secondary drainage plane. The weather barrier must be properly flashed and coordinated with all other portions of the exterior wall to prevent water from migrating into the underlying walls or interiors.
Exterior Insulation and Finishing System designs are extremely flexible
EIFS has the flexibility to take on the exterior of all homes. The ability to accommodate all shapes and sizes of homes is extremely important in modern home building. Designers using EIFS have the freedom to create exterior details that would otherwise be too costly or inefficient if done by older conventional techniques.
Thermal efficiency, outstanding aesthetics, cost effectiveness and durability are the primary reasons for the unprecedented growth of EIFS in recent years. Met Exteriors’s certified tradesmen can advise you on the best system for your home and install it with beautiful, cost-efficient expertise. Contact Met Exteriors today to begin the process of completing your perfect home.
“California” finish, which is typically applied as a three coat concrete system over paper and wire lath with a final texture applied over the colour coat.
This style of stucco is typically the most economical form of finish product available in stucco and has maintained its popularity because it provides durability, longevity, colour variety, impact resistance, sound proofing, water resistant, and all with a nearly maintenance free existence. PROPERLY applied this product will be worry free for the life of your home or office building.
There Are Only Two Concerns A Person May Have In
Choosing This System.
A) Though there are a large variety of colours available to choose from it is still more limiting then in an acrylic system. There is also greater risk of colour changes the darker the colour you choose. Colour changes occur due to something as simple as changes in air temperature as well as improper installation.
B) The potential for cracking that is inherent in a cement wall cladding that can span large surface areas. This is a problem that is addressed with the proper introduction of expansion joints and other techniques recommended by the Wall & Ceiling Bureau of Alberta which will minimize cracking. That said, no one could or should guarantee against cracking.
When applying this product there are simply too many factors that can go into the cause of cracking, many of which are outside the control of the stucco applicator. I.e. settling of the structure and expansion and contraction caused by moisture content and temperature.
If you experience cracking where the cracks exceed 2mm than it is more likely to be due to faulty lathing installation at the beginning of the stucco system and the company that installed it should be held accountable – if upon investigation this proves to be true.
The primary locations where your likely to find cracking is at any wall penetration – such as window and door openings – where the structure is weakened and you’ll find cracks running diagonally from the corners.