This was an exterior renovation on a large home that was sided originally with EIFS cladding (Exterior Insulation & Finish System). EIFS is essentially 1 to 1 ½ inches of Styrofoam attached directly to the plywood sheathing with a finish stucco coat applied over the Styrofoam. Styrofoam attached to a wood substrate is a very poor choice in our climate as the Styrofoam traps (and absorbs) excess moisture creating a perfect environment for dry rot and mold to occur.
This was a unique project as we had to combine two different siding types in Castia Stone and Hardieplank. The Castia Stone package was used on the curb appeal side(s) of the home to match up with the Mediterranean aspects that the home showcased (large columns, lots of arches) and we were able to use Hardieplank on the less visible sides of the home. This allowed us to stay within the clients budget guidelines and still get the finished product that they wanted.