EIFS vs. Metal Cladding: What You Need to Know

When choosing between a metal or EIFS cladding for any building, there are several factors to consider. Overall appearance, resistance to damage from weather, energy efficiency, and ease of installation should be primary considerations.

Incorporate these decision points choosing between metal or EIFS, an Exterior Insulation and Finish System.

What Is EIFS Construction?

EIFS is recognized as the most energy-efficient construction cladding for reducing long-term operating expenses. An EIFS building is sealed with specially designed layers of barrier materials to provide insulation and moisture resistance. The leading EIFS method is a scientifically designed system developed by STO Corp that engulfs the building much like an enormous thermal blanket.

And, any one of variety of attractive exterior claddings may be used to cover the insulating EIFS material.


Metal cladding alone can be an attractive alternative to other external options. However, EIFS construction allows for a choice of exterior cladding options that have the appearance of stucco, brick, stone, or limestone to match surrounding buildings or the owner’s preferences. Available in nearly unlimited colors with many decorative architectural features, EIFS cladding can result in the building of your dreams in every respect.

Resistance to Damage

Metal siding eventually succumbs to damage. Hail and physical impact from equipment and flying objects eventually take their toll on a metal-sided building and the accumulated effects can become obvious in very few years. EIFS claddings are far more durable and less likely to show signs of external damage.

Insulating Capability

In the category of insulation capability and energy savings, EIFS cladding stands as the reigning champion. With several layers of material integrated to diminish any loss of energy, the building will remain warm in the winter and cool in the summer at a much lower operating costs than with other construction types.

Metal cladding, on the other hand, is known to conduct, rather than restrict, heat and energy.

Ease of Installation

EIFS systems, incorporating all of the insulation plus moisture and air resistant layers, are manufactured by STO as an all-inclusive system. Metal sidings require special sizing and cutting using specially designed blades to achieve the right-sized pieces. Usually additional insulation must be added before the metal cladding is applied.

Contact ProCoat of Denver

ProCoat is a supplier for the innovative products from STO Corp, the worldwide leader in EIFS exterior cladding. For more information about EIFS and other innovative cladding concepts, contact the experts at ProCoat at 308.322.9009.