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Old 10-31-2007, 08:53 AM   #1
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House Wrap - removing vinyl siding to install wrap


Hello all,
just wondering if anyone has removed their siding to install housewrap - Tyvek or Plytex. What would be the concerns or difficulties? I was talked out of the Tyvek 4 years ago by the builder. Now, after suffering the freezing cold winters in my bedroom and bath - i want to fix it right!
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:24 AM   #2
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Your builder talked you out of HouseWrap???? So is the siding just installed directly on the sheathing? I'd try to make the builder do it. I don't think he followed code, and the fix sounds like a pretty big job.

If you're taking all your siding off you should definitely add more insulation before reinstalling it, since you're cold.

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Old 10-31-2007, 09:47 AM   #3
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thanks Nate,
well, that was 4 yrs ago in So. Illinois - not sure what code was. I'm pretty sure siding was put directly on the sheathing.
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Nate, just checked the NW side that is always the worst - the siding is nailed directly to the plywood. The siding is bulging from the nails popping out.
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Are you sure it is actually plywood NOT nailbase? really rare for nails to pop in plywood.
Also, I think I would be asking a lawyer if you have recourse. Normally ten years Home Owner Warranty but pretty much structural, however you may have a case.
Removing siding and wrapping, then re install is NOT in any way a DIY project.
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:17 PM   #6
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There needs to be some form of building paper between the siding and the plywood. The nails may be popping because the siding was nailed to tight. See a lawyer this is a construction defect.
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:10 PM   #7
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Why would anyone install vinyl siding without any tpe of building paper. Your builder must be an idiot. While it's obviously necessary, don't expect that simply adding Tyvek will make those rooms warmer. I've never seen contractors seal Tyvek along the top and bottom edges, so it is not a 100% effective air barrier unless you go to some extreme measures. A good housewrap will reduce air infiltration and help your insulation do it's job (fiberglass works best in a dead air space) but certainly won't eliminate it.

You need housewrap under vinyl siding to keep your sheathing from rotting away under your windows and such. Unzip a piece of siding under a window and you should see what I mean.

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Ive seen plenty of houses with not house wrap, especially modulars.
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Are you sure it is actually plywood NOT nailbase? really rare for nails to pop in plywood.
Also, I think I would be asking a lawyer if you have recourse. Normally ten years Home Owner Warranty but pretty much structural, however you may have a case.
Removing siding and wrapping, then re install is NOT in any way a DIY project.
Well, I checked again, not sure exactly what nailbase vs plywood - but the siding is nailed directly to waferboard. Some nails are out all together, many out about 1/4-1/2 inch - of what i can see, without removing individual pieces. Looking at siding from the side, you see the bulges from nail pops.
I'll have to check my Warranty to see if I have any recourse as you and other folks that replied suggest.
If I do remove, i'll probably put up fanfold or other type of styrofoam insulator.
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I agree the builder should be held reliable, good luck Roo.

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