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 is what we call a “front only” EIFS replacement project. Many homes that have EIFS have it on the front elevation only which makes for a quicker (and less expensive transformation). When dealing with a “front only” we will take into account the siding type on the sides and back (typically Hardieplank or cedar) and match it. By adding additional accents (i.e. Cultured Stone o Brick) we can dress up the front for maximum curb appeal.
This was a “front only” EIFS replacement project with LP lap siding on the side (LP is also a failed siding system that must be replaced due to rot and mold issues). We replaced all of the siding on the home with a combination of Hardieplank lap siding, Hardieplank board & batten siding, a HardieTrim package as well as a brick accent.