What Is House wrap And Do I Need House Wrap
For a new siding installation, you have the option to add house wrap. But what is this material exactly and what purpose does it serve? Is including it before you have your siding installed necessary? John Peters Roofing, your local siding and roofing contractor, answers frequently asked questions about house wrap in today’s article.
What Is a House Wrap?
A house wrap is a protective barrier made of fabric, paper, or board material. It is used to cover the exterior sheathing of house walls to protect the wall framing.
What Is The Purpose Of House Wrap?
As a wind barrier, it helps seal gaps and leaks in OSB panels or plywood sheathing to prevent drafts from reaching your home’s insulation. It works the same when it is used as a moisture barrier. Since it is made of permeable material, house wrap allows water vapor to travel through while keeping out water droplets. This inhibits mold growth.
Do I Need House Wrap for My Siding Installation Project?
As with roof repair or any exterior home improvement, you need to check the building codes in your area to learn about particular information that must be followed before carrying out the project. For your siding installation, see if house wrap requirements are addressed in your state or local building codes. Consult a professional builder or your local contractor to be sure.
Most siding materials can benefit from house wrap. For instance, adding house wrap first before wood siding helps prevent moisture or wind from finding its way to the seams where the boards overlap.
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