EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems) is an exterior cladding used on both residential and commercial structures. EIFS is very common on commercial structures in the United States. In fact, one out of every 11 buildings in the U.S. has EIFS on it, according to DryVit. This week, we’ll talk about the benefits of using EIFS on structures, and why you should always enlist the services of a professional contractor in Baltimore for EIFS installation and repair.
The Benefits of EIFS
EIFS actually got its start in the days after World War II. Countless structures in Europe had been damaged by the war and needed repair. EIFS was developed as an efficient repair method for exteriors, and eventually was brought over the the U.S. in the 1960s.
There are a number of benefits that come with using EIFS:
- The insular properties of EIFS result in energy savings for the facility. “According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, structures with EIFS can save between 20 percent and 30 percent on energy bills.
- EIFS installation takes place completely on the outside of the facility. This means it won’t reduce interior square footage”This alone can be a significant incentive for projects on a high-value land or historical sites – areas where square footage is at a premium.”
- EIFS installation is flexible and can be done at any time of year. Panels can be assembled with adhesive in a temperature controlled warehouse to allow adhesive to dry, and then transported to the site for installation.
- EIFS offers a lot of creative opportunities. Aesthetic touches like window details, arches, columns, facades, soffits, and other architectural designs are all possible with EIFS.
Why You Should Use a Professional Contractor in Baltimore for EIFS
EIFS installation and repair needs to be exact. If not done properly, EIFS work can result in a number of problems. For example, EIFS is waterproof, but if not correctly installed it can allow water to penetrate to the exterior wall, where it can’t find a way out. This results in water damage, which will need extensive repairs to correct. Choosing a professional EIFS contractor in Baltimore such as Consolidated Coatings ensures that your installation and repairs will be completed correctly.
About Consolidated Coatings Inc.
Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, decorative concrete, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.