How long have EIFS been used in Australia?

The first External Insulation Finishing System (EIFS) project by Unitex was built in 1984. These were for Victorian Housing Commission blocks of 4-6 units and single concrete houses in Jordanville (Chadstone) and Preston. The then Unitex EIFS system proved successful in solving internal wall condensation issues (that had up until that time been unsolvable) and [...]

How long have EIFS been used in Australia?2018-06-15T12:04:55+10:00

Where do I use the Unitex Base Board* system?

The Unitex Base Board system can be used on external walls of Class 1 to 10 Housing and Commercial Projects. It can be installed by direct fix to the timber or steel frame or via cavity battens. It can also be installed on battens for older walls (brick, block, weatherboard, compressed cement fibreboard sheeting etc). [...]

Where do I use the Unitex Base Board* system?2018-06-15T12:04:36+10:00

Why would I use the Unitex Base Board system?

Primarily to have a strong insulating walling system that both protects the building from the weather and decorates with colour, and gives a textured masonry effect of your choice. Around the world similar systems are seen as providing the highest insulating walls whilst measurably reducing on-going energy bills.

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How is the Unitex Base Board system installed?

With a specified number and array of mechanical fasteners screwed (minimum of 30 mm) into the timber or steel frame. There are fastners to suit all thicknesses of Unitex EIFS and conditions (ie coastal, inland, near breaking surf etc, wind classification areas).

How is the Unitex Base Board system installed?2018-06-15T12:03:40+10:00

Does the system need experienced trades people to install it?

Yes, Unitex recommends that Uni-EIFS systems are only installed by an experienced Trades person. Unitex can arrange for a local recommended Trades person to quote and carry out the installation or Unitex also offers a plan and on site quoting service for the customer’s peace of mind. Unitex installation manuals and Guidelines are also available [...]

Does the system need experienced trades people to install it?2018-06-15T12:03:14+10:00

How do I know if the applicator has done it to the Unitex specifications?

The Unitex EIFS Technical manual and all instructions required is on the Unitex website, or please contact Unitex and our experienced Technical Sales Rep will check the purchase records and if needed will attend an onsite inspection.

How do I know if the applicator has done it to the Unitex specifications?2018-06-15T12:02:56+10:00

What is the cost of the Unitex Base Board System compared to other building solutions (such as brick veneer and rendered block etc)?

The Unitex Base Board System generally costs similar or less than rendered brick veneer etc, however in R-value (insulating value) offered the Uni-EIFS is approximately 400% more energy efficient than equivalent cost for rendered brick veneer.

What is the cost of the Unitex Base Board System compared to other building solutions (such as brick veneer and rendered block etc)?2018-06-15T12:02:34+10:00

Does it burn and will it leak?

When your Unitex EIFS system wall is installed in accordance with the technical manual it will not allow water into your building structure. Uni-EIFS have been tested under Australian Standards for Building Materials flammability and like timber are suitable for use up to 3 floors or 8.5 meters above ground slab based on flammability test [...]

Does it burn and will it leak?2018-06-15T12:01:53+10:00

What is the impact strength?

The coating thickness is to be at least 6mm above the fixing buttons and insulating sheet (IB Board) providing a SB impact strength of >20 joules. The findings concluded by the CSIRO testing were submitted to the Building Commission as part of the evidence that the Unitex Base Board System is a viable building material [...]

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Will the council approve it?

The Unitex EIFS system has a BRAC Accreditation from The Building Commission of Victoria and as such is acceptable to all Victorian (as well as National) Building Surveyors and will be approved by Local Councils (along with their Building Surveyors).

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Can I get insurance?

Accredited EIFS systems are a Worldwide Recognised Building method  and as such are insured in all user countries. As Unitex has a history of over 15 years of EIFS Accreditations and is currently Accredited our systems have never in that time faced any negative insurance issues. Non accredited systems may be refused.

Can I get insurance?2018-06-15T12:00:59+10:00

Is it warranted and how long will it last (is it maintenance free)?

Unitex has been manufacturing defect free EIFS products/systems for approximately 27 years defect free. Andrew Concannon, MD of Unitex states ‘because of this, we know Unitex EIFS systems are still ‘good as gold’ after 27 years. I know from my training in Europe 37 years ago that EIFS in Europe and America are now over [...]

Is it warranted and how long will it last (is it maintenance free)?2018-06-15T12:00:38+10:00

What if my building moves, and cracks – can it be repaired?

Yes, and Unitex will advise on best method of repair. Good building practice and regular installation of expansion joints around the perimeter will in general negate most minor frame movement issues.

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What is the lead-time from order to delivery?

Orders within Victoria are generally filled and delivered within 48 hours. NSW and other states (including local Unitex Stockists) are generally within 5 working days.

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Why use pre-coated sheets instead of raw polystyrene?

There are several reasons: 1) Immediate protection from the elements. Raw polystyrene, if left un-coated will surface degrade and reduce adhesion of base coat renders, causing possible delamination of renders. 2) The first coat of render applied to polystyrene panels is crucial.  This render must have superior adhesion and flexibility than standard renders for brickwork for [...]

Why use pre-coated sheets instead of raw polystyrene?2018-06-15T11:56:27+10:00

Can I render over painted brickwork?

Yes. If the paint is well bound and not flaking, peeling, bubbling etc. The recommended key coat is Unitex Polymer Render as it is a render designed to adhere to difficult substrates such as strongly adhering paint. As always, ensure the surface is dry, clean and free of oils, dust, dirt etc before applying. Test [...]

Can I render over painted brickwork?2018-06-15T11:56:08+10:00

How long after I apply a Unitex base coat render should I begin floating?

Drying times of renders varies enormously depending on weather, wind, the substrate being applied over and how thick the render is applied. There is therefore no simple answer to this question. After applying a small section of render to a wall, attempt floating as rapidly as possible before render dries. If the render sticks to [...]

How long after I apply a Unitex base coat render should I begin floating?2018-06-15T11:55:47+10:00

What is the R Value of the Unitex Base Board System?

The R value is a measure of the insulation value of a complete wall from internal plaster to exterior surface.  Brick veneer is typically less than 0.8. For Unitex Base Board 50mm, the R value is: 2.08 (including sisalation) For Unitex Base Board 75mm, the R value is: 2.62 (including sisalation) For Unitex Base Board [...]

What is the R Value of the Unitex Base Board System?2018-06-15T11:55:27+10:00