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House siding
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Max    Posted 12-28-2003 at 13:45:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
We are the process of renovating our house and are considering using a somewhat new product in our area. It is an artificial stucco called dryvit it is expensive reletive to other sidings but it adds to the R value and looks very good when done well. We have a quote of $9.00 a sq. ft.
We would appreciate any comments other people have about this siding if they have had any experience with it.

Mike D.    Posted 12-29-2003 at 19:39:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had a customer here - No. Va. - her landscape contractor chucked a rock out of his mower. It put a golfball sized hole just below a front window, hidden by a bush. After several hard rains her oak flooring buckled in the room the window was in.

Same customer- had the basement walkout french door frame (head piece) rot because an 'eyebrow'
could not shed water. I replace the door jamb.
The builder made good on that repair but she had to sue to get the flooring replaced.

Real stucco is good, this fake stuff with styrofoam and fiberglass is junk. Do yourself a favor and spend some time on Yahoo or Google and investigate it yourself. For the money your contractor is quoting you can get stone or brick.

sid    Posted 12-28-2003 at 17:34:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
As I understand the problem and from the houses and buildings that I have seen It is a good looking product and It seems the problems is water getting behind it. I looked at a house a friend of mine wanted to buy less than two years old had severe rot in a couple of places and found hole where water was allowed to get in. I do not think dry rot is what you call it when wood becomes saturated with water. I have seen several jobs and the couting is not much thicker than a coat of paint. From what I have seen of it that is a lot of money to take a chance with, for me any way.

Red Dave    Posted 12-28-2003 at 15:10:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dryvit (sp?) has a bad reputation around here. I don't have it, but from what I read in the paper, a whole development built with it has dry-rot behind it. All the houses were built with it, expensive places on a golf course too. As you can guess, many lawsuits have been filed.
I don't know if the trouble was with the product or improper installation. I think the fingers are still pointing in every direction.
I was told, just Friday, by an insurance agent that houses built with it are hard to insure because the insurance companies don't want to pay for problems down the road. I suggest that you talk to an agent to see if it would be a problem for you.

Even with all that, I do see it on a lot of newer houses.

Disclaimer: All second-hand info, I have no first hand experiance with it.

Max    Posted 12-28-2003 at 15:17:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you for your comment. About the dry rot problem, I have been told about this and reasurred by the contractor that they have the problem solved. It is a matter of preventing moisture from getting in, because the dryvit seals the house so completely that the moisture will not evaporate in time.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 12-28-2003 at 15:19:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
They cured the dry frot problem in Tulsa real quick. They closed up and moved in the night!

~Lenore    Posted 12-29-2003 at 15:23:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Moisture problems from improper siding is a termite's delight and mold likes it, too.

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