You may have heard of the term ‘house wrap’ once or twice while you’re doing your routine roofing and home remodeling, but still remain unsure of what it actually is. Many assume it’s a form or type of siding, unaware that it actually works with your siding to protect your home.
In this post, ReNew Home Designs discusses everything you need to know about house wraps.
What Is a House Wrap?
A house wrap is either a fabric or board material that serves as a moisture and air barrier for your home. It covers the exterior sheathing of the house, essentially shielding the wall framing from the elements. The house wrap is usually installed on the more vulnerable parts of your house, such as a garage or shed, though it’s not uncommon for the whole house to have one.
How Does it Work with Siding?
The house wrap is installed under the siding and essentially serves as your property’s last barrier against leaks and water damage. Many siding and roofing contractors will recommend installing the house wrap before any exterior cladding, especially if your area is susceptible to inclement weather.
Can a House Wrap Stand on Its Own?
The house wrap is a strong albeit thin barrier. It can reliably prevent water from leaking into the walls, but it’s not built to withstand wind damage or wind-blown debris. If you’re planning to install a house wrap on your home, it needs to be installed under your choice of exterior cladding so that it performs to its fullest capabilities.
Whether you need a house wrap installed or a roof fixed, ReNew Home Designs is the roof company and home remodeler you can trust. Call us today at (410) 415-1395 to learn more. Our roofing and home remodeling services are available throughout Columbia and Ellicott City, MD.