First let’s look at two photos of the EIFS siding prior to our repairs. At first glance it looks just fine, doesn’t it?
Let’s look further…………..
The product is also called synthetic stucco, and refers to a multi-layered exterior finish that’s been used in European construction since shortly after World War II, when contractors found it to be a good repair choice for buildings damaged during the war. The majority of repairs to European buildings were to structures constructed of stone, concrete, brick, or other similar, durable materials.
EIFS layers bond to form a covering that doesn’t breathe. That’s fine when no moisture is present behind the covering, but if moisture seeps in it can become trapped behind the layers. With no place to go, constant exposure to moisture can lead to wet rot in wood and other vulnerable materials within the home. What had worked well as an exterior shell for concrete and stone became a problem when used on wood. Moisture related problems led to individual and class action lawsuits by consumers.
Our job was to totally eliminate the original EIFS application and repair the scattered pockets of rot. We then needed to design and install its replacement and we settled upon a combination of cultured stone and HardiPlank siding to dress up this lakefront home.
Check out the slideshow that follows for the finished look after we did our magic…