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Redispersible Polymer Powder as a Versatile Binder for Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS)

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Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) have become a popular choice for exterior wall cladding in buildings due to their excellent thermal insulation performance and aesthetic properties. In an EIFS system, a layer of insulation board is attached to the exterior wall surface, followed by the application of a base coat, a reinforcement layer and a finishing coat. The base, reinforcement and finishing coats are usually made up of a mixture of cement, lime, sand, and other additives. However, these mixtures tend to crack and shrink over time, reducing the durability and aesthetic appeal of the cladding. To overcome these drawbacks, Redispersible Polymer Powder (RPP) is used as a versatile binder in EIFS.

Redispersible Polymer Powder

Redispersible Polymer Powder (RPP) is a copolymer of vinyl acetate and ethylene, which is produced by spray drying an aqueous dispersion of synthetic polymer emulsion. This powder can disperse in water to form a stable emulsion, similar to the original emulsion from which it was produced. It can be used as a film-forming agent, binder, and a modifier for cementitious systems. RPP is an eco-friendly option and is highly compatible with a variety of cementitious materials.

Improved Durability

RPP can significantly improve the durability of the EIFS system. When added to the base coat and finishing coat mixtures, RPP can significantly enhance the tensile and flexural strength of the coatings, thereby reducing the risk of cracking and shrinkage. Additionally, the modular composition of RPP ensures good adhesion to various types of substrates, such as concrete, lightweight concrete, and brick.

Improved Workability

RPP is also critical because of its effects on the overall workability of the EIFS mixture. As RPP reduces the drying time after the application of the mixture, it eases application, allowing the EIFS system to be spread smoothly and evenly, resulting in a smooth, homogenous finish. Additionally, RPP decreases the water content required in the mixture, thereby reducing the risk of microorganisms (such as mold and fungi) contamination of finished walls.

Improved Weather Resistance

RPP helps the EIFS system resist environmental conditions such as ultraviolet radiation and thermal shock. Once added to the mixture, its binding property forms a firm link between the cementitious materials and the insulation board, thereby improving the ability of the cladding system to resist thermal deformation due to temperature changes.

Aesthetic Benefits

RPP allows the EIFS system to possess new aesthetic properties, and this is possible because RPP can accommodate an assortment of colors. This is because the powder can contain additional ingredients that can change its color and tint upon application. This makes the EIFS system a perfect choice for creating visually appealing wall cladding that delivers high-quality visual character.


In conclusion, Redispersible Polymer Powder (RPP) is an excellent choice used as a versatile binder for the EIFS system. Its durability, aesthetic benefits, and weather resistance qualities among others make it a perfect choice for high-quality wall cladding systems. This composition is also eco-friendly and workable, which makes it a sensible choice all around in a variety of architectural projects. With its properties, RPP delivers excellent value and noticeable performance that builders will be pleased to have in their EIFS formulas. It is, therefore, a recommended additive in EIFS applications.