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Frequently Asked Questions

1.) What are the minimum requirements for all stucco systems?
2.) Why is Dow Corning's 795 sealant so important?
3.) What is E.I.F.S.?
4.) What are the five steps for proper joint preparation and sealant application?
5.) What memberships, affiliations and certifications does Diversified Stucco Services possess?
6.) How do I obtain a list of Diversified Stucco Services' references?

 

What are the minimum requirements for all stucco systems?
All stucco systems must:
1.) have all penetrations, transition joints, and trim completely sealed with Dow Corning 795 sealant (or equivalent),
2.) have proper flashing and sealants around windows and doors,
3.) have ground clearance (termination of wall at grade)(see "Termination Above Grade" document).

2.) Why is Dow Corning's 795 sealant so important?
Dow CorningĀ® 795 Silicone Building Sealant is a one-part, cold-applied, non-sagging silicone material that cures to a medium modulus silicone rubber upon exposure to atmospheric moisture.
For full specifications, please read the Dow Corning 795 Silicone Building Sealant Product Information.

What is E.I.F.S.?
EIFS graphicThis is the term for the six layers used in most stucco systems -- these layers are the plywood, glue, mesh, styrofoam, base and finish coats. Prior to recent building code changes, the foam board insulation used in EIFS was placed on the wall below grade. It was discovered that foam in contact with the ground causes conditions conducive to termite infestations. Often the first indication that an infestation problem exists is a swarm of termites. This swarm occurs either inside the structure or close to the outside of the home. With EIFS-clad homes, the visible evidence of infestation is blocked from view by the exterior siding. In fact, the exterior siding typically looks pristine and shows no signs of any problems; however, behind the EIFS cladding, the termites tunnel into the foam and establish themselves inside the home.

What are the five steps for proper joint preparation and sealant application?
1.) Clean -- joint surfaces must be clean, dry, dust free and frost free.
2.) Prime -- if required, primer is applied to the clean surface(s).
3.) Pack -- backer rod or bond breaker tape as required.
4.) Shoot -- sealant is applied by "pushing the bead" into the joint cavity.
5.) Tool -- tooling techniques are used to strike a flush joint and make certain the sealant has the proper configuration and fully contacts the joint walls.

What memberships, affiliations and certifications does Diversified Stucco Services possess? (Click on logo to visit the association's site.)


Better Business Bureau logo Better Business Bureau (BBB) - Member

Moisture Free Warranty logo Moisture Free Warranty - Certified Repair Contractor

STO Logo Manufacturer of Stucco - Certified Contractor

EIMA logo EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA) - Member

AWCI logo  Association of Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI) - Member

Dryvit logo Dryvit Systems - Original EIFS Manufacturer

Finestone Logo Finestone - a division of BASF involved in stucco cladding

How do I obtain a list of Diversified Stucco Services' references?
Upon your request, we are happy to provide you with a list of satisfied customers in or near your area. Considering that we have worked exclusively in the Atlanta area for over 10 years, we can almost guarantee that we'll have a quality reference in your neighborhood. For a quick look, please view our General References.

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April 14, 2009