In construction, air and moisture infiltration can’t always be avoided—it’s impossible to protect a home from all the elements. But house wrap has helped control the problem and is used today for a large number of homes.
Many homeowners, however, don’t know exactly what a house wrap is.
What Does House Wrap Do?
So, what is house wrap and what does it do? House wraps, also referred to as housewraps, prevent moisture, mold, and drafts from entering your home and can act as a strong barrier against moisture or wind. House wrap is especially useful in humid climates that receive a lot of rain because it can prevent damage from water penetration.
What Is House Wrap Made Of?
House wrap is a synthetic material that has come to replace asphalt treated paper—this lightweight material is installed over the sheathing and behind the siding. Basically, house wrap is the home’s last line of defense against air leaks, water infiltration and leaks, etc.
This thin but resilient material functions as a weather-resistant barrier, preventing rain from getting into the wall assembly while allowing water vapor to pass to the exterior. If sealed carefully, it’s also effective as an air barrier for homes.
Are you in the process of building your home, replacing siding, or want to solve your drafty home or home moisture problems with house wrap? Call Shanco today or set up a consultation online!
The Benefits of House Wrap
When installed and sealed correctly, house wrap helps:
- Increase energy efficiency
- Prevent mold growth, wood rot and other problems related to moisture infiltration
- Make homes more comfortable all year round
- Eliminate air leaks
- Provide some insulating value
- Improve efficiency of HVAC systems
Are you looking into better ways to insulate or improve your home comfort with roofing, siding, or house wrap services? Give Shanco experts a call today or contact us online to learn more about home services in Gaithersburg, MD and nearby!
House Wrap Tips for Your Home
Although you won’t have to worry about this with our professionals handling the installation, in general, the following are good tips to keep in mind:
- Upper layers should be lapped over lower layers.
- The edges of windows and doors should be wrapped.
- A drainage provision should be installed at the bottom of the external cladding material.
DuPont™ Tyvek® HomeWrap® is one of the most popular house wrap brands. This “original” house wrap is one of the best you can install. The unique nonwoven structure of Tyvek® HomeWrap® makes it breathable, allowing moisture vapor to pass through and this wrap also has effective perforated wraps and comes with a 10-year limited warranty from DuPont.
House Wrap Installation in MD, DC & VA
In addition to siding installation, Shanco Companies can replace your old trim with new, state of-the-art PVC vinyl wood or wrap your existing wood with vinyl coated aluminum trim for a maintenance-free exterior. Our team often recommends:
- Tyvek® HomeWrap®
- AZEK vinyl trim
- Custom wrapping of exterior trim with PVC coated aluminum
We also offer our own personal workmanship guarantee on top the manufacturer’s product warranty!
Contact us today to learn more about our home improvement services in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.