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Ensuring EIFS Durability: The Essential Guide to Waterproofing

EIFS Durability

Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS), also known as synthetic stucco, are renowned for their superior energy efficiency and aesthetic versatility. However, to ensure their longevity and optimal performance, a crucial aspect needs to be addressed: Waterproofing. This article will guide you through the key stages of EIFS waterproofing, including the use of specific products like Dryvit BackStop.

Step 1: AquaFlash Installation

The first step in EIFS waterproofing involves the application of AquaFlash around all window and door rough openings. This product is designed to prevent water intrusion, a critical aspect of any waterproofing process.

Step 2: Applying Dryvit BackStop Textured

After the AquaFlash layer has dried, the next step is to apply Dryvit BackStop Textured. This product is applied to all seams, providing an additional layer of protection against moisture intrusion.

Step 3: Drying Process

Once the BackStop Textured layer has been applied, it needs to dry thoroughly. The drying time may vary depending on environmental conditions.

Step 4: Applying Dryvit BackStop Smooth

The final step in the EIFS waterproofing process is the application of Dryvit BackStop Smooth. This product is applied over the entire wall, providing a comprehensive moisture barrier and completing the waterproofing process.

Step 5: Inspection

After the application of BackStop Smooth, a thorough inspection is necessary to ensure complete and even coverage over the wall.


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FAQs About EIFS Waterproofing

Why is it essential to apply both BackStop Textured and Smooth?BackStop Textured provides an initial layer of protection, particularly at the seams. BackStop Smooth is then applied over the entire wall to ensure a comprehensive moisture barrier.
Can I apply BackStop Smooth immediately after BackStop Textured?No, it’s crucial to allow the BackStop Textured layer to dry thoroughly before applying BackStop Smooth.
What happens if the waterproofing process isn’t done correctly?Improper waterproofing could lead to inadequate moisture protection, potentially compromising the integrity and longevity of the EIFS.


Industry Experience: Corey Turcotte’s Expertise in EIFS Waterproofing

With over 30 years of hands-on experience in EIFS stucco repairs, I, Corey Turcotte, have seen the evolution of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) and the increasing importance of proper waterproofing techniques. My extensive background in this field has provided me with the knowledge and skills to address the most complex waterproofing challenges.

Specialization in Dryvit Products

One of the key products I often recommend and use for EIFS waterproofing is Dryvit BackStop. Having worked with this product for years, I can attest to its effectiveness in providing a robust moisture barrier, thereby extending the lifespan of EIFS installations.

Real-world Case Studies

In my career, I’ve encountered numerous instances where improper or inadequate waterproofing led to significant issues, such as moisture intrusion and structural damage. Through quick intervention and the correct application of products like AquaFlash and Dryvit BackStop, I’ve been able to restore the integrity of these systems.

Training and Certifications

I hold multiple certifications in EIFS installation and waterproofing, ensuring that all projects I undertake meet the highest industry standards. My commitment to continuous learning keeps me updated with the latest waterproofing techniques and products.

Client Satisfaction

My ultimate goal is to provide clients with long-lasting, efficient EIFS solutions. The testimonials on my Google Business page speak volumes about the quality of work and customer satisfaction I strive for.

By leveraging my decades of industry experience, I aim to educate and assist clients in making informed decisions about EIFS waterproofing. For more insights and best practices, follow me on Facebook.

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EIFS drainage vertical channels on a building repair in Northville Michigan

We use a liquid moisture barrier on our repairs. 

We used a proper waterproofing on this small repair in Northville Michigan. 


We used proper waterproofing on this job in Washington, Michigan. It is important to include a drainage system that works on all installations, whether it be a new installation or a repair.

Synthetic stucco waterproofing in Livonia, Michigan


Here is another example of a project we did and used proper waterproofing with a liquid moisture barrier and a drainage track in Livonia Michigan. 

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