Exterior insulation and finishing system are a general category of non-loadbearing building cladding systems that provides the exterior walls of a building with an insulated, moisture-resistant, waterproof, textured surface in an interlinked composite substance system. This composite substance usually consists of foam and/or blanket materials that are sprayed on the wall surfaces. The foam or blanket materials are then inserted into the spaces between the exterior wall panels by compressing the materials through vapor compression. This results in the production of an impervious barrier that will effectively prevent moisture and air from penetrating the interior surface of the wall.
This type of system is commonly used in a wide range of commercial buildings including multi-family dwellings, apartment complexes, retail shops, industrial buildings, office buildings, warehousing, malls, strip malls, hospitals, clinics, and schools. To be able to qualify as a candidate for the installation of this type of system, you need to have a minimum of ten thousand square feet of usable space for the construction of the building. The minimum and maximum area that can be considered for installation are dependent on the property location and type of building construction.
For example, if the property is a one-story building with ten thousand square feet of usable space, then you can install a twelve-story building that requires only three hundred and forty square feet of insulation. Ten thousand square feet of insulation is the equivalent of approximately two million two-story buildings. Therefore, to ensure maximum protection for the structure and the building components, the application of this type of system is most appropriate for structures that have a considerable increase in total floor space over the course of their construction.
A typical example would be a data center consisting of three stories and including a penthouse. To insulate the building properly, it would require an installation that is approximately four hundred times smaller than the structure of the building. The installation required would be approximately thirty-five square feet per floor for each story. The total installation would be approximately seventy-three thousand three hundred and forty square feet of insulation. A data center would not qualify for this type of system installation. However, the same data center could be leased to a property owner who has twenty or thirty-one units to rentable square feet.
To demonstrate how important a role performance coating is to the success of an establishment, let’s look at an example that shows how this coating can be beneficial to both tenants and the business owner. Let’s say that you own a business that consists of both offices and retail space. The property is located in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, and has both an office building and a single store that is located on the second floor of the office building.
During the winter months, the temperature inside the store is around seventy degrees. During those months, the interior temperature drops below forty degrees despite the presence of air conditioning throughout the building. Even though the temperature does not drop by more than five degrees, the energy costs incurred by the business are greater during the summer months. This problem is worsened by the fact that the retail space sits almost two stories above the third floor of the office building. Due to these factors, the utility bills increase significantly during the summer months.
If you were to use a traditional exterior insulation finishing system, it would be impossible to reduce the interior temperature so that the exterior insulation layer would not suffer. This would also be impossible to maintain the outside temperatures at a comfortable seventy degree. For the business to remain viable, the offices must remain well ventilated during the winter and kept at a comfortable seventy degree during the summer. Not only does the office building become unhealthy for employees but it can also be an eyesore on the block. You cannot compete with other businesses for customers by operating in an unhealthy working environment.
If you were to invest in a thermal resistance paint for the building, you would instantly improve the building’s energy efficiency rating. An additional benefit is that the paint can be used as a sealant and an attractive covering for the exterior of the building. The paint has been proven to be twenty times more effective in reducing the temperature differences between the inside and exterior of the building. A highly rated exterior insulation finishing system can have a dramatic effect on the success of your business. The right coating makes an enormous difference in the way that the building is heated and cooled. It is wise to consult with EIFS Installation before deciding which coating will work best for your company.