Elite Home Exteriors NW

EIFS Siding Replacement



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Elite Home Exteriors NW is a certified James Hardie ELITE Preferred Contractor. We comply with James Hardie ELITE Installation best practices and maintain a satisfactory credit report.

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We do NOT install or Repair EIFs Stucco Siding. We will replace your EIFs Stucco Siding with a different siding product.

    What Is EIFS Siding?

    EIFS stands for Exterior Insulation Finish System. EIFs siding is synthetic stucco that is called “Dryvit”.

    Introduced in the 1980s, EIFS siding is commonly seen in the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington areas. Despite its common appearance in the Pacific Northwest, we frequently receive countless phone calls requesting inspections and removals of this type of siding due to issues.

    Why Would You Want to Replace EIFS Siding?

    There are several reasons why EIFS siding will fail the Pacific Northwest climate and is generally not recommended.

    • Incorrect installation
    • Moisture and mold build-up issues
    • Not bug resistant
    • A history of lawsuits

    EIFS Siding Installed Incorrectly

    Very few siding companies in the Portland and Vancouver area have experience installing EIFS siding. 

    One common issue we see with EIFS siding is a failure to install proper flashing systems. This can lead to large amounts of moisture infiltration which can cause dry rot and mold damage on your interior framing and wall surfaces— pretty gross, right?

    Moisture And Mold Build-Up Are Common Issues

    Moisture and mold build-up typically go hand-in-hand with EIFS siding and the Pacific Northwest climate.

    Cracks or openings in your EIFS siding will allow rain to penetrate and get trapped behind the siding, which will cause mold build-up and wood rot. Thanks to excessive moisture in the air during the rainy season, the trapped water behind the siding cannot evaporate and continues to wreak havoc on the wood behind your siding.

    When dry rot and mold damage start eating away at the studs and sheeting, the siding must be replaced to avoid damage to the structural integrity of your home, which is an issue that you want to avoid at all costs.

    Carpenter Ants LOVE EIFS Siding

    If we had a nickel for every carpenter ant we have seen in EIFS siding, we would be rich. Rot and mold damage make the soft, moist wood behind EIFS siding the perfect nesting material for carpenter ants. These ants can help accelerate structural damage to your home.

    EIFS Siding Involved in Nation-Wide Lawsuits

    If at this point you are still trying to convince yourself that EIFS siding in the Pacific Northwest isn’t a bad idea, a few lawsuits may be the tipping point for you. EIFS siding has been involved in multiple lawsuits due to rot damage and mold build-up. The largest case was settled for a whopping $12 million.

    The beginning of the EIFS drama for the Pacific Northwest started in the ‘80s when a large number of general contractors from California migrated to the area. To help cut costs further, general contractors often hired under-qualified workers to install the siding.

    Before long, EIFS siding started going up on houses all over the Vancouver and Portland areas, including high concentrations in areas like Camas and Fishers Landing. Many of these installations were noncompliant and fell victim to the climate, resulting in devastating rot and mold damage.

    Why You Should Consider Replacing Your EIFS Siding With James Hardie Siding

    Looking to replace your damaged EIFs siding with something more durable? James Hardie is the leading product on the market today!

    Why Elite Home Exteriors NW Recommends James Hardie Siding!

    The wet, humid climate of the Pacific NW can test the limits of your home exterior, but not with James Hardie Fiber Cement Siding. 

    James Hardie siding is the perfect siding for Pacific NW homes and is durable enough to withstand the weather and climate for years to come. 

    We recommend James Hardie siding to our clients because it is:

    • #1 Rated Durability
    • Rot-resistant
    • Fire-resistant
    • Insect-resistant
    • Uncompromising Performance
    • Elegant Aesthetics 

    James Hardie siding requires little to no maintenance and is way more cost-effective than other siding options like Cedar.

    If you’re looking for a beautiful, natural-looking exterior and long-lasting investment, you can’t go wrong with James Hardie siding.

    Elite Home Exteriors NW is a Certified Preferred James Hardie Installer And Contractor

    Elite Home Exteriors NW proudly serves the Portland and Vancouver areas as a James Hardie Certified Preferred Contractor. 

    We comply with James Hardie ELITE Installation Best Practices and maintain a satisfactory credit report so we can provide all of our customers with a 30-year non-prorated warranty on James Hardie siding.

    With Elite Home Exteriors NW, you can expect a professional James Hardie siding installation or replacement with a satisfaction guarantee.

    Call us today to schedule a free estimate for your James Hardie siding installation or replacement.

    See what homeowners are saying about our work!

    Colleen Hass
    Colleen Hass
    2024-04-10
    Choose this company for you siding, you won't be sorry! The owner Ian, is far and above best contractor I have ever worked with. Excels at communication, follow up and explains everything in a friendly non-pressure way. I interviewed three other contractors, before settling on Elite. I knew I would be in good hands for this huge investment with Ian as he was genuine and sincere about providing the best result. Both the siding and the paint crew are top notch professionals, with a great work ethic and attention to detail, they are Hardie trained so you can be sure the installation was done to the highest standard and it shows! We went from ugly worn out 20 year vinyl to James Hardie siding, and the difference astounding, very very happy with what feels like a new house now.
    Colton O’Neill
    Colton O’Neill
    2024-04-08
    Ian is extremely knowledgeable at his craft. He was so patient with all of our questions and concerns. We felt so comfortable from the moment we met him. We met with a few other companies to do our due diligence but Ian was the clear choice.
    Adam Tuck
    Adam Tuck
    2024-02-03
    My home has a fairly complex exterior, and we were looking to re-side the home as we were dealing with constant issues of water intrusion. I was searching the greater Portland/Vancouver area for Siding Contractors for Hardie Siding, as we really just wanted something that would hold up against the elements and protect us in the case of any nearby fires (we’re close to some woods). After meeting Ian from Elite Home Exteriors, we decided to go with him and we couldn’t have been happier that we decided to go with him as out Siding Contractor. We had additional problems from the water damage too, and the folks he recommended were also top notch. Ian and team are a James Hardie Elite Preferred Siding Contractor, which means basically that he’s passed the highest certification for installing James Hardie siding products. I would work with him again, but based on his fit and finish, I probably won’t need to! Thanks Ian!
    D Gray (DGray)
    D Gray (DGray)
    2023-11-06
    Working with Ian and his company was an absolute pleasure. I currently own 2 homes and have had 3 previous houses, so I’ve had experience with many contractors over the last 20 years and most are not good. My husband and I had a water intrusion issue (undisclosed to us during a house purchase) that we subsequently discovered for ourselves 6 months later in the rainy season. After meeting with many contactors to figure out how to execute the repair, we decided that their prices were outrageous even for just a patch job and we decided to do the right thing and replace all the wood siding with Hardie plank. My husband found Ian online, and we met with him. He is excellent at communication, through emails/text and/or phone calls. He was always pleasant to meet with and didn’t talk to me as if I was a dumb homeowner, which happens quite a bit in this industry. He was happy to answer all my questions and work with us on a documented design for adding architectural details so there was no questions on how the job would look. He and his crew were always punctual and professional. They finished the job ahead of schedule and did everything promised. Honestly, the water intrusion situation was very stressful, but Ian made it a pleasure to get resolved. I am so happy that we went with him and have had excellent results. My high-strung HOA was even happy about his work and gave us a compliment. I wholeheartedly recommend him, and I would be happy to talk to anyone wanting a reference about our pleasant experience. It isn’t every day that such a huge job is completed with such ease and professionalism. I 100% recommend working with Ian and Elite Home Exteriors NW – you won’t be disappointed!
    roxanne sutton
    roxanne sutton
    2023-10-29
    The South wall of the house had rot and cut siding from a previous connected wood deck. Ian was a pleasure to work with and a consummate professional from start to finish. He answered detailed questions, gave me several options to fit within my budget. Ian communicated with me throughout the process, and was accommodating when I requested more detail, or a change during planning phase. His crew shows up on schedule, were friendly and courteous of my property, and cleaned up thoroughly before leaving. The job was completed quickly and within budget. The new siding and paint is an asset to this house and exceeds my expectations. I enjoyed working with Ian, and would recommend Elite Home Exteriors NW to anyone considering a siding update for their home.
    Justin Acciavatti
    Justin Acciavatti
    2023-10-05
    Glad I hired Ian and his team to replace siding on the south-facing side of my house. Communication with Ian throughout project was as good as any contractor I've worked with. The work was done well, went smoothly, just what you want. Also glad to see them not show up in expensive vehicle wrapped graphics, etc that the customer pays for. I'll have more siding to do on my house and will hire them again.
    Lori Clark
    Lori Clark
    2023-08-27
    Great communication by the company. The workers are skilled, arrived on time, and they are very friendly. We love the work they did on our house. The new siding makes our older home look like a new house!
    Keith Belshaw
    Keith Belshaw
    2022-10-27
    I chose to contract the team at Elite Home Exteriors NW to replace my siding as they had a fair price and provided a detail guide of materials, process and standards. They exceeded my expectations by finishing work early, were quick to communicate, did a fantastic job of replacing the siding and the team that did the install were friendly and helpful. I would solidly recommend Elite Home Exteriors!
    Brendan Greenen
    Brendan Greenen
    2022-10-05
    Elite Home Exteriors NW did an outstanding job on re-siding our home. From the initial survey and quote, to scheduling and completing the work, they were extremely transparent, communicative and professional! Very happy with our new siding and paint for our home!
    Kosal Sam
    Kosal Sam
    2022-09-16
    Ian and his team done a fantastic job. We resided our home with new siding and exterior paint. We are very happy of the outcome of their work. They did a great job!

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      The History of EIFs Siding (Exterior Insulation Finish System)

      Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) siding, also known as synthetic stucco, has a relatively recent history compared to traditional stucco. Here’s an overview of its development:

      1. Origins in Europe: EIFS originated in Europe in the mid-20th century as a means of providing insulation and weatherproofing to buildings. The concept involved applying layers of insulation board and a protective finish coat to the exterior walls, creating a continuous thermal barrier.

      2. Introduction to North America: EIFS was introduced to North America in the 1960s and 1970s, initially gaining popularity in commercial construction. Builders and developers recognized its potential for energy efficiency and cost savings compared to traditional cladding materials.

      3. Residential Adoption: In the 1980s, EIFS gained traction in the residential construction market, particularly in the southern United States where it was promoted as a lightweight, energy-efficient alternative to traditional stucco and siding materials.

      4. Advantages: EIFS offered several advantages over other cladding options, including superior insulation properties, versatility in design, and the ability to create seamless, monolithic facades. It also provided a smooth and uniform finish that could be customized with a wide range of textures and colors.

      5. Controversies and Challenges: Despite its benefits, EIFS has faced controversies and challenges over the years. Concerns arose regarding its susceptibility to water intrusion, which could lead to moisture damage, mold growth, and structural issues. Improper installation practices, such as inadequate flashing and sealing, exacerbated these problems in some cases.

      6. Code Changes and Regulations: In response to these issues, building codes and regulations governing EIFS installation were revised and strengthened to address moisture management and drainage requirements. Manufacturers also introduced enhanced EIFS systems with improved moisture barriers and drainage details to mitigate potential problems.

      7. Ongoing Evolution: EIFS technology continues to evolve, with manufacturers developing advanced systems that incorporate innovations such as drainage mats, improved sealants, and moisture-resistant coatings. These advancements aim to enhance the durability, performance, and longevity of EIFS-clad buildings while addressing concerns related to moisture management.

      8. Current Usage: Despite past controversies, EIFS remains a popular choice for both commercial and residential construction projects, especially in regions where energy efficiency and design flexibility are valued. When installed correctly by trained professionals and maintained according to manufacturer guidelines, EIFS can provide a durable and attractive exterior cladding solution.

      Overall, the history of EIFS siding reflects its evolution from a European building technique to a widely used exterior cladding system in North America, characterized by ongoing innovation and adaptation to address challenges and meet the changing needs of the construction industry.