Dryvit Stucco Removal

Homeowners across North America are looking to shed their exteriors of Dryvit stucco. Due to the nature of Dryvit stucco, many homes in Salem, Corvallis and the Pacific Northwest have experienced problems with moisture intrusion that can lead to serious water damage and/or mold issues. These damages have prompted many million dollar class-action lawsuits all over America. Removal of Dryvit stucco and remediation of moisture intrusion requires the type of expertise that Michael Angelo Exteriors has gained from over 25 years of experience.

Common Problems with Dryvit Stucco

The most common problems with Dryvit stucco are caulking and sealing issues that go unnoticed over time. This leads to serious mold issues that can get into the building structure and cause costly damage, as well as causing medical issues for residents. Moisture has a tendency to get behind the stucco, which can result in mold-growth and structural damage. Mold spores have a tendency to become air born, and can travel through air duct vents into any area of the structure. Exposure to mold has been known to cause respiratory issues in people and pets.
An additional problem created by improperly installed EIFS, is that the fiberglass or Styrofoam sheeting used in an EIFS system can create a pathway for termites to enter you home by coming up into the home between the insulation and the wood substrate. Since the termites enter behind the insulation, the damage they cause can be severe before it even becomes noticeable.

Testing for Mold

Rot caused by moisture intrusion can lead to structural problems, attract insects and fungus that further damage the wood, resulting in costly remediation. Mold caused by moisture intrusion will not only damage the wood but can also lead to serious respiratory issues and other long-term health problems.
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An additional problem created by improperly installed EIFS, is that the fiberglass or Styrofoam sheeting used in an EIFS system can create a pathway for termites to enter you home by coming up into the home between the insulation and the wood substrate. Since the termites enter behind the insulation, the damage they cause can be severe before it even becomes noticeable.

A home examination and testing will determine if there is a moisture or mold issue. The first step in the process is to have a moisture testing report. During this stage, a small section of stucco may need to be removed in order to determine if there is an issue. If the moisture and/or mold testing shows a high amount of contaminants, a full stucco removal may be required to resolve the problem. A professional stucco removal company will ensure that all stucco and harmful mold particles are removed and disposed of properly.

Replacing Stucco with Siding

There are several types of exterior siding that can be used for Dryvit stucco replacement, but the longest-lasting, most durable siding is produced by James Hardie. James Hardie HardiePlank or HardiePanel have proven to be the most popular siding choices among homeowners in the Pacific Northwest.

Before siding can be installed, a building wall envelope system is generally established to prevent future moisture issues. The building wall envelope is the barrier between the unconditioned wall and the siding. The purpose of the building wall envelope is to protect the walls from weather elements such as heat, cold, and rain.

Exterior siding can be painted or stained, and resists all effects from weather. James Hardie HardiePlank and HardiePanel are durable siding solutions that come with a 30-50 year guarantee. Properly installed by a professional siding company, Hardie Siding provides years of a mold-free, safe environment.

Dryvit Stucco Removal Experts

To resolve moisture or mold issues stemming from Dryvit stucco, please contact Salem's exterior siding experts, Michael Angelo Exteriors. We have over 25 years of experience replacing/repairing damage from moisture intrusion in both large commercial buildings and residential housing. We provide full inspection, removal and siding installation solutions. Contact us today for a free estimate!