Craftmaster Stucco specializes in residential and commercial stucco applications and repairs. With over twenty years of stucco experience in and around Atlanta, GA we have the expertise to handle any stucco project. Whether you’re building a new home, adding a room addition, remodeling, or your home’s existing stucco is showing its age, we are Atlanta’s stucco experts! No stucco project is beyond our capabilities!
Like most building materials, stucco materials vary in terms of quality, characteristics, and style. We work closely with all of our Atlanta stucco clients to ensure that the appropriate materials are used. Among the many factors we take into consideration are:
* Homeowner’s association requirements
* Local ordenances
* Overall quality
Stucco craftsmanship in addition to the stucco materials used and the application of the stucco plays a crucial role in its long term durability.
We employ Atlanta's finest stucco workers and continuously stay atop all of the latest design and application trends.
In addition, if the stucco project is part of a remodel or repair, our craftsmen apply their knowledge and skills to ensure a near seamless transition from the old stucco to the new.
BEFORE AFTER DAMAGES
Stucco, like plaster, brick, and other siding materials can become cracked or damaged over time. Settling soil, foundation problems, exposure to the elements, and other factors take their toll on stucco. Count on the Atlanta stucco experts to assess the damage, address the underlying cause, and repair your stucco.
From cutting and raising the bottom termination on EIFS, Dryvit, and synthetic stucco to installing roof diverters or kick out flashings and the proper caulking details.
We offer free stucco estimates and our promise of complete satisfaction!
"We Know Stucco."
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For stucco inspections and moisture testing contact :
All Stucco and Mold Inspections, Inc.
Stucco/ EIFS Repair
Stucco, whether it be conventional or synthetic EIFS is a beautiful product. However, it is also a product that needs to be cared for, maintained, and sometimes even repaired.
Upon assessing the damage to your stucco home or building Craftmaster Stucco will give you a detailed line item estimate that fully explains your issues, as well as how to bring your home or building up to code. Below is a diagram of how a typical stucco repair process works.
Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) offer continuous insulation by design, allowing architects the design flexibility and aesthetics they require, while helping to meet the new energy codes. EIFS are continuous insulation.
According to the definitions of the International Building Code and ASTM International, an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) is a nonload bearing, exterior wall cladding system that consists of an insulation board attached either adhesively or mechanically, or both, to the substrate; an integrally reinforced base coat; and a textured protective finish coat.
EIFS with Drainage, another EIFS system, is the predominate method of EIFS applied today. As the name implies, EIFS with Drainage helps to eliminate moisture before it has an opportunity to enter the wall cavity.
Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) used on a Commercial BuildingExterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) used on a Commercial Building
EIFS were first introduced in the United States in the late 1960's, and were first used on commercial buildings, and later on homes. EIFS typically consist of the following components:
An optional water-resistive barrier (WRB) that covers the substrate
A drainage plane between the WRB and the insulation board that is most commonly achieved with vertical ribbons of adhesive applied over the WRB
Insulation board typically made of expanded polystyrene (EPS) which is secured with an adhesive or mechanically to the substrate
Glass-fiber reinforcing mesh embedded in the base coat
A water-resistant base coat that is applied on top of the insulation to serve as a weather barrier
A finish coat that typically uses colorfast and crack-resistant acrylic co-polymer technology.
EIFS today are one of the most tested and well researched claddings in the construction industry. Research, conducted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and supported by the Department of Energy, has validated that EIFS are the "best performing cladding" in relation to thermal and moisture control when compared to brick, stucco, and cementitious fiberboard siding. In addition EIFS is in full compliance with modern building codes which emphasize energy conservation through the use of CI (continuous insulation) and a continuous air barrier. Both these components are built into today's EIFS products to provide maximum energy savings, and reduced environmental impact over the life of the structure. Along with these functional advantages come virtually unlimited color, texture, and decorative choices to enhance curb appeal and enjoyment of almost any home or structure.
Energy Efficiency and Energy Codes
EIFS can reduce air infiltration by as much as 55% compared to standard brick or wood construction. And since walls are one of the greatest areas of heat and air conditioning loss, improvement in the wall insulation can be very meaningful in terms of energy conservation.
What's more, EIFS add to the "R-value" of a home or building. (R-value is a measurement of the resistance to heat flow; the higher the R-value, the better the material's insulating value.) Most EIFS use insulation board with an R-value of R-4 to R-5.6 per inch as the innermost layer in the wall system. When combined with standard wall cavity insulation, this extra layer can boost wall insulation from R-11 to R-16 or more.
Another point to keep in mind on new construction: Due to the energy efficiency of EIFS, it may be possible to specify lower-capacity heating and air conditioning equipment without sacrificing anything in terms of interior comfort.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) mandated on October 18, 2013, all States update their commercial building code to meet or exceed ASHRAE Standard 90.1 - 2010.
EIFS was the first to meet standards of Continuous Insulation (CI) and has long been the solution to the expanded requirements.
There are a variety of case studies available validating the energy savings associated with EIFS; for a recent example of EIFS in action, you can check out the 2012 Better Buildings Federal Awards Program results, where an EIFS cladded building helped reduce energy use by nearly 45% in a 12 month period.
Unlike wood, stucco and other siding materials, EIFS rarely need painting. Most EIFS systems are specially formulated with 100% acrylic binder, which gives EIFS superior resistance to fading, chalking and yellowing. As a result, the systems tend to maintain their original appearance over time. And since the color is integral to the finish coat, even if the surface is scratched, the same color appears beneath the abrasion.
EIFS also have excellent resistance to dirt, mildew and mold, which helps keep the building exterior looking clean and freshly painted. Should the surface ever become soiled, it can usually be cleaned by hosing it down.
The systems are designed to be very flexible, which makes them highly crack resistant. When walls expand or contract due to rising or falling temperatures, EIFS are resilient enough to "absorb" building movement and thus avoid the unsightly cracking problems that are so common with stucco, concrete and brick exteriors.
EIFS has passed the stringent Miami-Dade County Hurricane Test, showing no impact against hurricane style weather.
The rich appearance of EIFS bears a resemblance to stucco or stone, but the systems are far more versatile than these and other materials. Not only do EIFS come in virtually limitless colors and a wide variety of textures, but they also can be fashioned into virtually any shape or design.
With EIFS, skilled applicators can create all sorts of exterior architectural detailing that would often be cost-prohibitive using conventional construction -- cornices, arches, columns, keystones, cornerstones, special moldings and decorative accents are but a few examples.
Using this ingenious process, EIFS applicators can give a striking, distinctive appearance to any building or residence.
Recent research, conducted by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and supported by the Department of Energy, has validated that EIFS are the "best performing cladding" in relation to thermal and moisture control when compared to brick, stucco, and cementitious fiberboard (commonly known as fiber cement) siding.
EIFS are among the most water resistant exterior surfaces you can put on a house. But as with all claddings, EIFS must be correctly installed and properly detailed if they are to perform properly. Otherwise, moisture can get behind the systems and cause damage, just as it can with wood siding, brick or any other exterior.
Water intrusion is seldom a problem on commercial structures with EIFS. Water intrusion damage to homes is uncommon, but when it does occur, the moisture typically affects only small areas which can be easily and inexpensively repaired.
In cases where homes have been damaged, the problems have been traced to the use of poor quality (even leaky and/or non code-compliant) windows and/or improper flashing and sealing. As a result, when building with EIFS, it is wise to use quality windows (such as those with AAMA certification) which are code-compliant, and to make sure there is proper flashing and sealing around windows, doors, roofs, deck-to-house attachments, and all other exterior wall penetrations.
Periodic maintenance should include thorough checking of the flashing and sealing to ensure that the building envelope remains watertight. Damaged or missing flashing should be repaired or replaced immediately; likewise, cracked or deteriorated sealants should immediately be repaired, or removed and replaced.
EIFS have passed the major fire resistance tests that are required by the building codes. EIFS have passed fire resistance, ignitability, intermediate multi-story, and full scale multi-story corner tests; meeting the standards set forth with each test. These tests include:
Fire Resistance (ASTM E 119) – EIFS PASSED, showing no negative effect on the fire resistance of a rated wall assembly.
Ignitability (NFPA 268) – EIFS PASSED with no ignition at 20 minutes of radiant heat exposure.
Intermediate Multi-Story Fire Test (NFPA 285 (UBC 26-9)) – EIFS PASSED
Criteria included resisting the spread of a flame within combustible core/component of panels from one story to the next. In addition, resisting lateral spreading of flames from the origin of the compartment fire to adjacent spaces.
Full Scale Multi-Story, corner test (ANSI FM 4880) – EIFS PASSED with NO height restrictions
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