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People often ask us, what are the benefits of stucco? The growing popularity of EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing System) is due to the fact that few, if any, competitive materials offer such a wide range of desirable product benefits. The biggest among these are superior energy efficiency and virtually unlimited design flexibility.
If you’ve ever felt the comfort of being wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold winter night, you have some idea of what EIFS can do for a home or building.
EIFS literally wrap the exterior in an energy-efficient thermal blanket. By insulating outside the structure, EIFS reduce air infiltration and escape, thereby stabilize the interior environment and reduce energy consumption.
By contrast, traditional “between-the-studs” insulation, no matter how thick, leaves “thermal breaks” — gaps where heat and cold pass more freely between the outdoors and the space within — at studs, wall outlets, wall joints, and elsewhere.
In fact, 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, improving the wall insulation can result in significant savings in terms of energy expenditure.
What’s more, EIFS adds 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.) When combined with standard wall cavity insulation, this extra layer can boost wall insulation dramatically.
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, we can create all sorts of exterior architectural detailing that would often be cost-prohibitive using conventional construction — cornices, arches, columns, keystones, quoins, special moldings and decorative accents are but a few examples.
Using this innovative process, we can give a striking, unique appearance to any building or residence.
Andrew Lodge or Derek Smalley 613-532-9799
P.O. Box 152, Kingston Ontario, K7L 4V8