If you’re looking to have a siding replacement project soon, then you’ll need to consider having a new house wrap as well. A house wrap refers to a moisture and air barrier that helps improve your home’s safety and energy efficiency by supplementing its insulation. In today’s blog, the area’s top siding and roof repair contractor, Pechacek’s General Contracting, shares if house wrap is necessary.
What Is a House Wrap?
A house wrap is a barrier that protects your home from wind and moisture. It’s mostly made of permeable materials that allows water vapor to pass through, while preventing water droplets from getting through too. This, in turn, makes it easier for house wraps to dry quickly and prevent mold growth.
If your main goal in getting house wraps is to protect your home against wind damage, then the house wrap should seal gaps and leaks in the plywood or oriental standard board panels. This will prevent siding drafts that will harm your home’s insulation and energy efficiency. It will make your home much more comfortable and energy efficient in the long run.
Is a House Wrap Necessary?
To find out if a house wrap is necessary for your home, you’ll have to check your local building codes first. Consider consulting local home improvement contractors to find out the perfect house wrap for your home’s style. Generally speaking, house wraps are especially helpful for homes with wood, vinyl or aluminum siding. Wood siding features multiple seams with overlapping boards, making it vulnerable to moisture damage. On the other hand, vinyl and aluminum siding can also be affected by moisture due to the gaps where the panels are joined.
Pechacek’s General Contracting specializes in roofing and siding. We’re a locally owned business that prioritizes good workmanship and customer service. Call us at (715)-425-9801 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers the western Wisconsin region.