While most people in the architecture and design community appreciate that EIFS delivers superior energy efficiency and exceptional design versatility, not everyone is convinced that EIFS can be counted on for durability in the face of extreme weather. Testing has confirmed that EIFS can provide exceptional durability. But beyond mathematical formulas and contention over testing procedures, there is abundant anecdotal evidence of the resiliency and long-term performance of EIFS.
The Lido Beach Towers on Long Beach Island, N.Y., a resort originally built in the 1920s, was re-clad with EIFS in 2008, and now stands as a testament to the resiliency of EIFS. In 2013, Hurricane Sandy, the second most costly hurricane in United States history, decimated communities in the northeastern U.S. As the storm crossed over the island, it created a 15-foot storm surge of sand and debris that destroyed several floors of the Lido Beach Towers’ interior, yet the exterior survived. The EIFS retrofit had made the exterior strong enough to withstand hurricane-strength wind, debris and rainfall. According to Gary Weiss, board president of Lido Beach Towers during the five-year-long restoration project, “We never realized that we had built a hurricane-proof building.”