Design, performance, durability and energy efficiency are usually the top considerations when choosing a siding material. But in order to maximize the protection that your new siding can offer, you might also have to add a house wrap prior to siding installation.
In this article, top-rated siding contractor Peninsula Siding Company, Inc. shares some essential facts about house wraps and why they may be worth considering.
Essential Facts About House Wrap
A house wrap is an additional barrier for your home. It can offer wind or moisture protection, depending on how you intend to use it. The material used for house wraps is usually permeable so that water vapor can pass through while keeping water droplets out. This makes it easy for house wraps to dry and avoid mold growth.
When used as a protective barrier against wind, house wraps tend to act as a seal for the gaps in the OSB panels or plywood sheathing. Thus, they can keep drafts from the insulation and prevent heated or cooled air from seeping through the walls.
Uses of House Wrap
If you’re considering adding a house wrap prior to siding installation, make sure to review local building codes before starting your project. Always refer to the building codes, whether you’re installing standard or fire retardant siding. This way, you can ensure that the house wrap requirements for your home are met.
Typically, siding made from wood, vinyl, or aluminum can benefit the most from a house wrap. Vinyl siding, for instance, can be prone to moisture damage if water can enter through cracks. But if there is an existing house wrap, such damage can be minimized or prevented.
Peninsula Siding Company, Inc. has more than 30 years of experience in new home construction and remodeling. We specialize in siding projects and use only quality materials from LP SmartSide, James Hardie and others. To learn more about our services or to request a free quote, you can call us at (650) 287-4208 or fill out our contact form.