How to Remove Dryvit

Brenda Priddy

Dryvit is a type of siding veneer that is designed to look like stucco. Dryvit has several layers and is known as “outsulation.” It was designed on the principle that insulating the outside of a building is more effective than insulating the inside of a building.

Dryvit is a synthetic alternative to stucco.

You may encounter a few problems with Dryvit, such as moisture wicking up between the layers of the insulation and sometimes rotting the walls of a home.

  1. Wear all safety gear and a dust mask when working with Dryvit. It is important to protect your hands, face and lungs while working. Always set the ladder in a stable location when removing the Dryvit from the walls. If possible, have an assistant hold the ladder while you stand on it for greater stability.

  2. Drill several holes into the top of the Dryvit close to the roof. Use a chisel and hammer to chip and peel away the Dryvit cover and mesh sheeting underneath the Dryvit coating. This process is very messy and will take a long time. For best results, work slowly and do not rush. Place the Dryvit pieces into a large wheelbarrow to make it easier to discard when finished.

  3. Use a pry bar to remove the insulation board from the side of the house. Remove all nails holding the board in place and pull away from the wall. Discard the insulation board.

  4. Drill holes in the substrate to loosen it up enough for removal. Use a hammer and chisel to break away all substrate pieces under the insulation board. This process will take a long time. The process will go much faster if several people work on the project together.

  5. Strip the flashing from around doors and windows by hand. Discard the flashing pieces into the wheelbarrow or large trash can.

  6. Pry the mesh sheets from the side of the house. Use the hammer or pry bar to dislodge the mesh from around the sides of the house.