STUCCO/EIFS SIDING REPLACEMENT
Lifetime Exteriors is the premier greater Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue surrounding areas restoration leader in EIFS siding replacement, and Stucco replacement. Lifetime Exteriors is an established and trusted expert in the Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue surrounding areas with respect to removal and replacing defective EIFS siding, and faulty or dated Stucco siding. Lifetime Exteriors does offer stucco exterior cladding systems, however Lifetime Exteriors is called upon more often to replace EIFS siding and synthetic stucco siding materials. EIFS stands for exterior insulation finish system. EIFS siding is commonly known and also classified as DRYVIT and synthetic stucco siding. EIFS siding refers to a multi layered exterior finish that had been used in European construction shortly after world war II, when contractors found it to be an inexpensive choice to repair buildings damaged during the war. Those repairs were mostly comprised of buildings that were constructed of stone, concrete or brick.
North America builders began using EIFS siding in the 1980s, first in commercial buildings and structures, and then applying it as an exterior finish to residential homes. The difference and the problem with the residential application is that wood framing is being used instead of concrete. Lifetime Exteriors will not install EIFS siding or DRYVIT synthetic stucco on any home here in the greater Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue surrounding areas due to our wet climate, and the constant failures of EIFS siding in high moisture areas like the Pacific Northwest. Lifetime Exteriors also does not repair, caulk, seal or weatherize Stucco, EIFS siding or DRYVIT siding here in the greater Portland metro due to the nature of the products ability to hold moisture internally, and then damage the building envelope in many areas not showing exterior failure or breakdown of the cladding.
Most building owners and homeowners do not realize or are aware that if the Stucco siding, EIFS siding, or DRYVIT siding system has repairs-which are typically caulking or sealing concerns, then it is often too late, and moisture intrusion resulting in structural damage has already compromised the exterior envelope. Water damage or signs of moisture around windows, doors, and transition points are common telltale signs the Stucco siding, or EIFS and DRYVIT synthetic stucco system is failing. Stucco siding, EIFS siding, and DRYVIT synthetic stucco siding has had ongoing structural and mold related issues to it here in the greater Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue surrounding areas for years. Complete Stucco replacement, EIFS siding removal or DRYVIT siding removal and replacement is the only answer to properly remediate current and future moisture infiltration and damage to protect your investment. Stucco and EIFS siding is often found on high end homes and in prestigious areas like Prune Hill and LaCamas Shores in Camas WA, Forest Heights in NW Portland, Bull Mountain in Tigard Or, Barrington Heights in West Linn Or, and many other neighborhoods in the greater Portland metro and Vancouver surrounding areas.
Most homeowners, realtors, and standard home inspectors refer to EIFS siding as stucco. Common names that refer to EIFS are Synthetic Stucco, Dryvit, Styrofoam Stucco and Direct Applied Finish System (DAFS). Lifetime Exteriors specialty is construction defect repair with respect to Portland Stucco replacement and removal, Portland EIFS siding, and DRYVIT siding removal and replacement. Lifetime Exteriors will inspect Stucco siding, EIFS siding, and DRYVIT siding systems with approved forensic tools that provide an accurate and honest depiction of the exterior envelope, any ongoing dry rot to sub wall, structural damage, and even mold issues.
The most common 3 layers of Stucco EIFS siding are first the foam insulation board with the structural density of a Styrofoam cup that is secured to the exterior wall surface often with an adhesive glue or sealant, or plastic screws for anchoring. The middle or second layer of Stucco EIFS siding is a polymer and cement base coat that is applied to the top of the insulation, and then reinforced with glass fiber or metal mesh. The third surface coating of Stucco EIFS siding is the exterior layer that is extremely vulnerable and is as thin as a quarter, as it is simply a textured finish coat. Stucco EIFS siding layers bond to form a covering that does not breathe extremely well. This breathing aspect can work if no moisture is present behind the covering or in a dry climate, however if moisture seeps in it can easily become trapped behind the layers of the Stucco EIFS siding. With no place to go, constant exposure of moisture can lead to dry rot, structural damage, and harmful molds that form on the wood sheathing and framing, especially common and found here in the greater Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue surrounding areas. EIFS siding and DRYVIT synthetic stucco had worked so well for decades as an exterior shell for concrete, stone and brick, has now become a serious problem when used on wood framing. Issues with EIFS siding became well known when homeowners began finding wall insulation that was wet and rendered ineffective, rotted structural framing, mold odors and mold growth on interior walls and inside the wall cavities. Lifetime Exteriors has seen firsthand that if untreated, the dry rot and mold damage repair and remediation can often cost as much as the new siding system to replace the existing Stucco or EIFS siding.
Lifetime Exteriors is an accredited Portland siding contractor professional here in the greater Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue surrounding areas with respect to mold abatement from replacing defective EIFS siding, and Stucco siding. Lifetime Exteriors website even includes a mold/dry-rot link where there is great information for review, as well as documented pictures showing the process and issues on this page below. Stucco siding and EIFS siding tends to hold moisture behind it for longer periods of time or indefinitely. It is the enduring trapped moisture that causes the damage to EIFS siding. The cracks in sealants and flashings can be as small as 1/5000 of an inch and yet still allows water to pass through. Lifetime Exteriors does not recommend any EIFS siding or DYVIT siding systems here in the greater Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue surrounding areas, even if they are the newer EIFS siding or DRYVIT smart track siding systems. Lifetime Exteriors has already replaced defective EIFS siding and DRYVIT siding with moisture intrusion behind these new systems on homes and commercial structures.
Stucco siding, EIFS siding, and DRYVIT siding systems are an option in dry climates for exterior cladding with their beautiful architectural design for higher end homes and structures. Nationwide inspection statistics show that 9 out of every 10 homes with EIFS siding or DRYVIT siding have not been installed correctly, have critical omitted flashings, and especially do not provide a solid weather resistant barrier system (WRB) in high moisture areas like the greater Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue surrounding areas. Lifetime Exteriors is also a local Portland restoration company that specializes in water damage repair and remediation.
Moisture related problems of Stucco siding, EIFS siding, and DRYVIT siding have lead to thousands of individual and class action lawsuits by consumers in the United States and many here in the greater Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue surrounding areas. Construction defect and EIFS and DRYVIT siding removal and replacement has been a rising issue on high end residential homes, multi-family units, townhomes, HOA and property management dwellings and commercial buildings. Here in the Pacific Northwest, Portland construction defect repair is often referencing improperly installed EIFS or DRYVIT synthetic stucco siding systems. This is mainly due to unqualified Portland stucco contractors applying EIFS or DRYVIT siding to installation standards used in dry climates, which are not suitable or proven here in our wet climate. Construction defect Portland Oregon has also become a common term used for insurance companies, attorneys, and builders. Oregon state and legislature passed a bill and law in effect 2007 that took new measures to ban barrier type Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS), also called DRYVIT or synthetic stucco siding in new construction. Health and safety concerns due to water intrusion, mold, and indoor air quality were the driving force regarding the installation of EIFS barrier siding systems that led to the banning of this material and change in law. This ban does not include real hardcoat stucco, which design options are limited, and is extremely expensive, or the newer EIFS drainage systems, which as noted above have already begun to have the same similar issues.
Synthetic stucco or EIFS siding often hides damage and dry rot behind the wall with very few signs showing issues. Improper installation resulting in moisture intrusion, mill thickness, discoloration of paint, failing or cracked caulking, omitted flashing on windows, doors, corners, trim accents, transition points, and cricket design chimneys are the main reasons for the breakdown of EIFS siding. EIFS siding and DRYVIT siding systems are a specialty product. Most professional home inspectors do not have the specialized training, knowledge, and qualified tools and equipment necessary to properly assess EIFS siding and DRYVIT siding systems. People who have EIFS siding installed, or purchase a home or building that already has EIFS siding, are rarely told of the serious moisture concerns and the potential damaging effects, or even the importance of EIFS siding removal and replacement. It is extremely prudent for sellers to disclose the EIFS or DRYVIT siding here in the Pacific Northwest, and for buyers to be diligent in assessing the buildings condition. Critical aspects such as warranty and resale value should also be considered.
Lifetime Exteriors specializes in defective EIFS siding removal and replacement here in the greater Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue surrounding areas. Lifetime Exteriors has over 20 years experience in protecting homes and structures with proven exterior siding cladding materials. Lifetime Exteriors team consists of some of the nation’s foremost accredited experts with respect to waterproofing, exterior envelope design and depiction, and the comprehensive staging and elements required for replacing EIFS siding on Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue homes and commercial buildings. Lifetime Exteriors is a Portland based siding company that is often called upon for construction defect repair and remediation to replace defective EIFS siding from many different waterproofing companies, architects, attorneys, and homeowners. Lifetime Exteriors experienced and friendly staff provides our clients with different design ideas and product selection that appeal to each individual project. Lifetime Exteriors Portland restoration team has replaced EIFS siding and DRYVIT siding on some of the most beautiful and largest Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue surrounding areas EIFS homes, and we have many references available from residential to commercial. Lifetime Exteriors offers James HardiPlank siding and CertainTeed Weatherboards fiber cement stucco panel siding in different choices and styles to our customers, as another option for the objective of maintaining the stucco appearance and architectural style and aesthetic appeal of the home or building.
Here in the greater Portland metro and Vancouver surrounding areas, Lifetime Exteriors has assisted and helped many homeowners, community management groups, property management firms, HOA boards, and committees from holding seminars to remediation outline and execution of necessary repairs due to moisture intrusion and construction defects. Property management services are another division of Lifetime Exteriors. From EIFS and DRYVIT removal and replacement, to installing new siding here in the greater Portland metro and Vancouver surrounding areas on residential homes, multi-family units such as townhomes, condominiums, and apartment buildings is our specialty.
Lifetime Exteriors works with many different architectural waterproofing firms, as well as numerous attorneys specializing in building defects, construction defects, and proper building envelope protection. Due to the large building boom the Pacific Northwest and especially the Portland metro area has seen over the past 15 years, construction defect and water intrusion has become an increasingly large problem. Leaking windows and doors, siding installed without a moisture barrier, high moisture content in the walls, dry rot evident, flashing omitted in critical detail areas are just some of the common construction defects. Lifetime Exteriors has worked with many owners that had improperly installed EIFS or DRYVIT synthetic stucco siding with construction defects.
Being a local Portland restoration company, Lifetime Exteriors staff is comprised of building professionals equipped to handle and remediate serious issues like water damage, flood damage, fire damage, and other disasters that compromise the home and building. Lifetime Exteriors Portland restoration repair division is here to help assist homeowners, property managers, apartments, condominiums, townhomes, and other single family and multi-family dwellings. Stucco siding, EIFS siding, and DRYVIT siding issues quite often lead to complete restoration of the structure and shell, due to water damage and construction defects.
Lifetime Exteriors services local communities and cities like Bellevue, Seattle, Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Sherwood, Tualatin, Newberg, Hillsboro, Aloha, Happy Valley, Clackamas, Milwaukie, Gladstone, Oregon City, Canby, Gresham, Troutdale, Boring, Sandy, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Wilsonville, McMinnville, Salem and many other local areas. Lifetime Exteriors often replacing Stucco siding, EIFS siding, and DRYVIT siding in the Forest Heights area in NW Portland, Bull Mountain area in Tigard, Barrington Heights area in West Linn, LaCamas Shores area in Camas, are just a few of the more common areas EIFS and DRYVIT siding have been installed over the past 10-15 years. Warranty claims, forensic investigation measures, inspections, and non-invasive or destructive testing on the exterior cladding and wall assembly are all aspects Lifetime Exteriors provides and can help assist with in the remediation and restoration of construction defect and building flaws.
Lifetime Exteriors implements strict and proper waterproofing methods, integration of flashing components, rain screen moisture management systems, and many other critical extensive details on every Stucco siding, and EIFS siding replacement project. Lifetime Exteriors includes a complete lifetime workmanship warranty that even transfers upon the sale of home for our client’s peace of mind. James HardiePlank siding and CertainTeed Weatherboards cement siding stucco panels, and real hardcoat stucco on homes built before the 1980s are the only stucco cladding siding systems that have been proven to last here in the greater Portland metro and Seattle-Bellevue surrounding areas for our wet Pacific Northwest climate. Lifetime Exteriors recommends premium grade A cedar siding, decorative stone or brickwork, premium HardiePlank lap siding, and fiber cement stucco panels in the replacement process of EIFS or DRYVIT siding systems. Lifetime Exteriors also offers complete JamesHardie ColorPlus baked on finishes, lifetime coatings and finish sealants on the many different siding materials we provide as standard protocol with each exterior siding application process. Lifetime Exteriors is your local area and Portland EIFS siding removal and replacement contractor here in the greater Portland metro surrounding areas. Please contact Lifetime Exteriors if you would like a Stucco siding, EIFS siding, or DRYVIT siding inspection, or free consultation of cost and replacement options for Stucco siding, EIFS siding or DRYVIT siding removal and for more information about Stucco EIFS siding.