As you plan out your home exterior remodeling project this spring, you’ll be looking at different siding materials and researching what’s best for your home. You might have also heard of the term “house wrap,” which plays a big role in keeping your home safe and protected against moisture, wind, and other elements.
But should you install one for your home first before you install your new siding? Peninsula Siding Company, Inc., a local expert in fire retardant siding installations, shares more insight.
What Are House Wraps?
House wraps are barriers that cover the exterior sheathing to protect the wall framing. They can be made from different types of material and can act as an additional layer of protection against wind and moisture. While not fully water-resistant, house wraps are still capable of preventing the moisture from the siding from leaking into your home’s exterior walls and causing rot and mold growth. And since they’re available in different materials, siding manufacturers may sometimes recommend certain types of house wrap to use with their products.
Does Your Home Need a House Wrap?
One of the major factors that determine whether you need a house wrap involves your home’s construction. It’s up to the home builder to decide whether your home needs a house wrap. If used incorrectly, your home could be at risk of mold buildup and indoor ventilation issues. Another factor to consider is the local climate, in which case you can consult with a trusted siding contractor when you plan on renovating your home’s exteriors.
House wraps are required by local building codes in colder climates along with a vapor barrier. Even if you don’t live in a cold climate or your local building codes don’t mandate a house wrap, it may still be necessary for certain types of siding such as wood, vinyl, or aluminum. This is because these siding materials have seams where the boards overlap, making it easy for water to seep between the connected pieces.
When it comes to James Hardie® or LP® SmartSide® siding installation, Peninsula Siding Company, Inc. always gets the job done right. Talk to us today by calling (650) 287-4208 or filling out our convenient online contact form!