When your siding has already sustained extensive damage, the better and more permanent solution is replacement. But will you actually need to put in a house wrap installed before your new siding can be installed? One of the most trusted siding and roofing contractors in the area, Lexington Blue™ discusses more about it here.
What Exactly is a House Wrap?
A house wrap refers to the material–typically made of fabric, paper, or board–that covers the exterior sheathing of your home’s walls to protect their framing. Basically, the house wrap serves as an additional barrier, heading off moisture that may have gotten past the siding material. It comes in many types, including asphalt felt, rigid foam, liquid WRB (water-resistive barrier), polyolefin fabric, or Grade D building paper. The type of house wrap your home might need will ultimately depend on your choice of siding material.
Should You Have a House Wrap Installed?
While most siding materials are designed to be extremely durable and weather-resistant, it’s still possible for water from wind-driven rain to get behind them. This can lead to excess moisture behind your interior walls, eventually leading to mold and rot. To keep your home safe and intact from possible structural damage, you should consider having a house wrap put in before the new siding. To detail, it:
- Prevents moisture or water from getting trapped in the wall cavity, eliminating the potential of mold growth and rot.
- Seals your home against cold drafts, while ensuring that heated or cooled air doesn’t escape your home. For this, you’ll need to choose a house wrap that can serve as an effective air barrier,
- Permits the transfer of water vapor to the outside of your home.
If you still can’t decide whether your home actually needs a house wrap prior to a siding installation, just turn to Lexington Blue™ for a comprehensive siding checkup. And if you do decide to get one, we’ll be more than happy to help you pick the option that best suits your home.
Aside from quality roof replacement, Lexington Blue™ can also work on your siding installation. Expect only a safe and worry-free experience when you turn to us for the job. Call us today at (859) 368-6346 or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation. We proudly serve Lexington, KY and the surrounding areas.