Is EIFS the only exterior cladding that has been associated with moisture problems?
No. The truth is, any exterior cladding has the same potential for moisture problems if proper precautions are not taken. An interview with a general contractor in Wilmington, NC (where the barrier EIFS controversy began) revealed that there are multiple homes wrapped in vinyl siding that are literally falling apart from wood rot. These problems, like those seen with barrier EIFS, are due to improper flashings, poor drainage design, and improper caulking or no caulking at all, not the cladding itself. Hawk and Trowel, “Wood Rot Discovered Behind Vinyl Clad Town homes in NC,” Sandy Best, July,1999. What is causing the moisture intrusion behind exterior cladding? Many factors are involved including: Shoddy construction practices – In areas with high growth, many general contractors are not properly monitoring the job site of are not fully licensed. Inexperienced installers – Many sub contractors are inexperienced, some leaving town shortly after getting paid. Cheap Labor – Inexpensive la