As the temperatures start to drop, there are some extra considerations to take into account with EIFS siding installation. Cold weather can seriously affect the drying and curing process of EIFS siding, leading to problems such as base coat failure, delayed or improper curing, insufficient bonding to the substrate, or a poor finishing coat. This could result in compromised integrity or color of the finished product. However, by taking proper precautions before and during installation, your project doesn’t need to be sidelined by the coming of winter.
How Does the Temperature Effect EIFS Siding?
Cold temperatures can potentially wreak havoc on the installation of EIFS siding because most of its components are water based. EIFS dries through the process of evaporation, which occurs more slowly in cold temperatures. Thus, the lower the temperature, the longer the drying and curing phase will take.
In addition, the slower drying process also increases the risk of efflorescence. EIFS is porous so as the moisture slowly moves to the exterior of the surface, it pulls the salts and minerals from the EIFS components with it. When the salt water evaporates, it leaves a white, cloudy deposit on the surface, which affects the look and color of the finish.
EIFS siding typically shouldn’t be applied at temperatures below 40ºF. It’s essential to maintain a minimum temperature of 41ºF in the work area for at least 24 hours after completion of each phase of work (i.e. the base coat, the second layer, etc.) to allow for proper curing. This may require both the interior and the exterior of the application wall to be heated. The mixing of the EIFS components should also occur in this same temperature range.
Ensure that all materials are stored in a dry location that’s protected from the elements. It’s essential that the components of the EIFS do not come into contact with moisture (precipitation or humidity) before being mixed.
While installing EIFS siding in cold temperatures, wrap the work area with tarpaulin. This will allow you to protect the application site from the elements, and you’ll be able to control the temperature. Ensure that the enclosure is properly ventilated so that fresh air is being heated and moist air is vented out. Use blowers and heat fans to help circulate the warm air throughout the work area so that it’s not isolated in certain areas.
In the winter, it’s especially important to allow for the full amount of drying time before adding any additional coats. Applying an additional layer before the previous coat has fully dried can seriously compromise the integrity of the finish, and could lead to damage down the line. It’s never advisable to rush the application of EIFS siding, and the winter is no exception.
EIFS Siding in NJ
EIFS application requires a little extra care and attention during the colder months. When proper care and precaution are taken, lower temperatures don’t need to slow up the remodel of your home’s exterior. An experienced contractor will still be able to competently apply EIFS siding without compromising the look or integrity.
Royal State LLC is a Better Business Bureau accredited company specializing in stone and stucco installation in NJ. Our company’s goal is to build better homes for better living, and that’s exactly what we do. Our expertise in the industry has earned us a top rating from Home Advisor. We perform stunning transformations for your home’s exterior. We’re experts when it comes to EIFS and its application. If you still have lingering questions, reach out to us and speak with an experienced professional.