|Typical of EIFS or synthetic installations is
big gob of caulk around doors and windows.
Usually, everything underneath the caulk is black from mildew.
|Tearing off EIFS foam shows much of the house
on gypsum sheathing (exterior sheet rock).
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|BEFORE: A groove with caulk marked the line between the two colors.||AFTER: A decorative band marks the line.
The band makes the wall look bigger, and adds a solid masonry feel to the stucco.
It's my idea. I hope you like it.
|EIFS torn off. We cleaned up the foam immediately to keep it from blowing all over the place.||House peeled off waiting for lath and stucco.
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|Typical rot below windows on an EIFS tear off.||Black mildew behind caulking was killed using bleach.|
|Typical of EIFS is severe rot under a roof intersection. This may have been prevented by adequate flashing.||Gypsum sheathing had completely deteriorated.
The framing was wet and soft, but wasn't too bad after it dried out a couple of days.
|These counter flashings are of critical importance to prevent leaks in cold weather (or anytime). We made the counter flashing using a metal brake.||Flange on counter flashing is overlapped with tar paper, then lath and stucco.|
|A view of the finished wall showing the finished counter flashing, and the kick-out flashing at the bottom. The kick out is a little spout to divert water away from the wall.||Weep screed at bottom of wall has holes to allow water to exit stucco at bottom. As far as I know, no one else in the Washington area uses these weep screeds.|
|Brown coat is straightened using screeds, or strips of mortar set with a string line. The walls must be real straight for the bands to look right.||Bands are made by forming the edges with one by fours. A layer of metal lath is nailed on for insurance that the band will never fall off.|
|Another view of the band detail.||Band is filled with mortar. Later, one by's are removed leaving a solid band.|
|White portland cement, lime and sand are dry mixed with the dry California color from Expo stucco.||We made a tool to round the edges of the garage door returns. Note how the top edge of band is angled down for good water run-off.|
|Bottom of wall is rolled out. This provides good water run-off, seals the bottom of the walk, and looks cool.||Color coat finished on bottom.|
|View of the finished back of house.||Top of electric meters are flashed. Without flashing, wood behind meter will rot.|