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EIFS - MAINTENANCE AND WARRANTIES
What types of warranties are available with EIFS?

A variety of warranties is available, depending on the system installed and per the manufacturer's requirements. Samples of the warranties are available on request from the manufacturer.

What type of maintenance is required for an EIFS?

Periodic cleaning is suggested to maintain the EIFS appearance. Sometime repair of impact damage or punctures of the EIFS are necessary to restore surface integrity. As with all claddings, abutting elements such as sealant and flashing should be periodically inspected and maintained.

How can you clean the finish coat?

EIFS manufacturers provide procedures for cleaning for specific systems. Periodically EIFS finishes may need to be cleaned to remove dirt, algae (usually green stains on the surface of the finish), or mildew (generally black stains that look like dirt) that can accumulate on the surface. Basically, mild cleaning detergents, and low water pressure cool water, and a soft bristle brush. DO NOT USE THE FOLLOWING: cleaner that is solvent based; high water pressure; hot water; or wire brushes.

What materials can I use to recoat my EIFS?

For situations where you might wish to change the color of the building, or paint the building for some other reason, EIFS manufacturers produce several quality paint products (acrylic or elastomeric) to recoat and enhance the existing coating. Other alternatives are to use a quality, high-grade 100% acrylic exterior grade paint. Before recoating, appropriate repairs should be made and the surface should be cleaned to remove any surface contamination.

How long should EIFS last?

If properly maintained, the cladding will last the life of the building. Initial EIFS walls were installed in the late 1960s and most are still in service as of this writing (2006).

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