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The Ultimate Exterior Insulation Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • commercial
  • residential
  • both answers

What materials are used for exterior insulation and finish systems?

  • synthetic
  • lightweight
  • both answers

What do exterior insulation and finish systems look like?

  • stucco
  • concrete
  • both answers

When were exterior insulation and finish systems first used?

  • after WWI
  • After WWII, damaged buildings in Germany were repaired with this system and was brought to the U.S. in the 1960s.
  • 1960s

What does exterior insulation and finish systems increase?

  • energy efficiency
  • height
  • square footage

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

  • window designs
  • arches
  • both answers

Does exterior insulation and finish systems have climate restrictions?

  • hot climate
  • cold climate
  • any climate

What is a problematic about exterior insulation and finish systems?

  • high cost
  • installation
  • unavailable supply

Why is the installation of exterior insulation difficult?

  • The availability of experienced installers is limited.
  • There are different installation methods for the different products.
  • Both answers are correct.

What is a common problem with material installation?

  • leaking
  • bubbling
  • flaking

What famous building has exterior insulation?

  • Bellagio
  • Boston City Hall
  • White House

What is the purpose of exterior insulation and finish systems?

  • outside insulation
  • primary insulation
  • improve appearance

Can exterior insulation be installed on all buildings?

  • All buildings may use this insulation.
  • No buildings may use this insulation.
  • Buildings must have the proper building code for use of this insulation.

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

  • new construction
  • old construction
  • both answers

What do most exterior walls have?

  • dry rot
  • moisture
  • insects

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

  • property owner
  • installer
  • difficult to determine

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

  • holes
  • leaks
  • both answers

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

  • residential
  • commercial
  • neither

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

  • 10 to 20 percent
  • 20 to 30 percent
  • 30 to 40 percent

Where is installation of exterior insulation done?

  • job site
  • factory
  • both answers