When planning your siding replacement project, among the things that you should consider are style, design, color, durability and energy efficiency. But apart from these basic elements and features, you might also benefit from adding a house wrap.
House Wrap 101: Basic Info
Typically added before siding installation, a house wrap serves as a barrier that can protect against moisture or wind. It is typically a permeable material that enables water vapor to pass through without letting water droplets penetrate. Because of this, house wraps can dry quickly and avoid mold growth.
If you intend to use a house wrap for wind protection, it would basically work as a seal for the gaps in your oriented strand board (OSB) panels or plywood sheathing. This way, the house wrap can keep drafts from your insulation. It can also prevent cooled or heated air from escaping through your walls.
Do I Need a House Wrap?
You have to plan your siding replacement project wisely. If you’re considering adding a house wrap, you might want to check local building codes first. This would give you information on the house wrap requirements of your home. Furthermore, your siding contractor can also help you determine the particular kind of house wrap suitable for your home.
Generally, wood, vinyl and aluminum siding can benefit from the added protection from house wraps. Vinyl siding, for instance, can be damaged by moisture if water enters through cracks. With a house wrap, you can prevent or minimize such damage.
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