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Prepare Your EIFS Stucco Home or Building For Winter

Prepare Your EIFS Stucco For Winter

As winter approaches, it’s crucial to prepare your EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) stucco home or building for the harsh conditions that come with it. While most people think about insulating their homes and checking their heating systems, few consider the specific needs of their EIFS stucco exterior. In this article, we’ll cover essential steps to protect your EIFS stucco from winter damage, from dealing with woodpeckers to managing snow accumulation.

Protect Against Bird Damage

Before the snow falls, there is a short reunion/roosting season for woodpeckers and other birds that can damage your EIFS synthetic stucco. Taking precautions against bird damage is vital at this time of year. Not as important as the spring roosting, but still an essential measure to keep birds at bay. Consider installing bird spikes or netting to deter these feathered foes from pecking away at your stucco.

Schedule Repairs Before It Gets Too Cold

Applying EIFS stucco in the colder months, especially here in Michigan, carries a very real risk of freezing. Working with this product when temperatures fall below freezing at night involves setting up tents and heating those tents. This can be costly and doesn’t always prevent freezing, particularly at corners and lower areas of the tent. Therefore, it’s advisable to schedule any needed repairs before winter fully sets in.

 

Manage Snow Accumulation

EIFS stucco snowWhen you have a driveway next to an EIFS wall, treat it as if there were a sidewalk adjacent to the wall. Use a snow blower to clear the 2 feet next to the EIFS wall, and then blade the snow away from the stucco wall with a plow. It’s crucial not to pile up a large mound of snow against a synthetic stucco wall, as this can lead to moisture issues and potential damage.

Additional Winter Care Tips

Inspect Seals and Joints: Before winter, make sure to inspect all seals and joints. Any cracks can be an entry point for water, which can freeze and expand, causing further damage.

Check Drainage: Ensure that your drainage systems are clear and functional. Poor drainage can lead to water accumulation, which is detrimental to EIFS stucco.

Use Calcium Chloride for De-Icing: If you need to de-ice areas around your EIFS stucco, opt for calcium chloride over rock salt, as it is less damaging to stucco surfaces.

Conclusion

Preparing your EIFS stucco home or building for winter is not just a recommendation; it’s a necessity. From bird damage to snow accumulation, several factors can adversely affect your stucco if not properly managed. Take proactive steps to ensure that your EIFS stucco remains in excellent condition throughout the winter months.

Industry Experience

With 30 years of experience specializing in EIFS stucco repairs, I can attest to the importance of winter preparation for your EIFS stucco home or building. I’ve seen firsthand the damage that can occur when proper precautions are not taken, especially in the harsh Michigan winters.

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Prepare your Exterior Insulation and Finish System stucco for winter in Michigan

Frequently asked Questions

 

Question

Answer

Can I apply EIFS stucco in winter?

It’s not recommended due to the risk of freezing. If you must, you’ll need to set up heated tents, which can be costly.

How can I prevent bird damage to my EIFS stucco?

Consider installing bird spikes or netting to deter birds from damaging the stucco.

Is snow accumulation harmful to EIFS stucco?

Yes, it can lead to moisture issues. Always clear snow away from EIFS walls.

 

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