The Ultimate Exterior Insulation Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Without realizing it, you have most likely seen exterior insulation systems. Exterior insulation and finish systems look like concrete or stucco. Knowing the pros and cons of this system will help you make a better decision about your property's insulation. Take this quiz to see how much you know about exterior insulation.

Exterior insulation and finish systems are used for what type of construction?

Exterior insulation and finish systems can be used for all building construction, commercial or residential.

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What materials are used for exterior insulation and finish systems?

Lightweight synthetic materials comprise exterior insulation and finish systems.

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What do exterior insulation and finish systems look like?

Exterior insulation and finish systems are often mistaken for stucco or concrete.

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When were exterior insulation and finish systems first used?

After WWII, damaged buildings in Germany were repaired with this system.

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What does exterior insulation and finish systems increase?

If properly installed, a building's energy efficiency is improved by the application of exterior insulation.

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How is exterior insulation used to improve the appearance of a building?

Expanded polystyrene, used in the insulation material may be shaped into architecturally pleasing shapes such as arches, columns or window designs.

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Does exterior insulation and finish systems have climate restrictions?

These material may be used in any climate.

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What is a problematic about exterior insulation and finish systems?

The installation of this material may be problematic.

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Why is the installation of exterior insulation difficult?

Different systems have different installation processes and it is difficult to hire experienced installers.

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What is a common problem with material installation?

Leaking is a common problem.

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What famous building has exterior insulation?

The Bellagio, a luxury hotel in Las Vegas has this type of insulation. The Bellagio's entire façade is coated with exterior insulation.

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What is the purpose of exterior insulation and finish systems?

Applied to the outside surface, exterior insulation is an outside layer of insulation.

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Can exterior insulation be installed on all buildings?

Some building codes disallow this type of insulation.

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Are exterior insulation and finish systems suitable for new or old building construction?

Exterior insulation and finish systems are suitable for both new or old building construction.

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What do most exterior walls have?

Most exteriors walls have moisture in them, if this moisture gets behind the exterior insulation, problems can occur.

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Who is responsible for exterior insulation and finish systems failing their waterproof claims?

Liability is difficult to determine.

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Homeowners, who installed exterior insulation themselves, had what types of problems?

This is not a do-it-yourself project. Possible problems are leaks and holes.

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What structures have looser building standards for the use of exterior insulation and finish systems?

Residential buildings have looser standards for exterior insulation and finish systems.

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According to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, provided the exterior insulation is properly installed, how much may be saved on energy bills?

Oak Ridge National Laboratory claims 20 to 30 percent may be saved on the structure's energy bills.

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Where is installation of exterior insulation done?

The installation may be done at the job site by hand, or factory-made panels may be affixed to a building with a crane.

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