Is House Wrap Necessary - General DIY Discussions - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > DIY Forum > General DIY Discussions


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-24-2008, 12:02 PM   #1
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

Is house wrap necessary

I am remodeling my cottage and am putting up vinyl siding. The cottage is not used in winter. Is putting up a house wrap like Tyvec necessary? T


Randyhenry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2008, 12:06 PM   #2
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10

I am renovating my summer cottage by putting up vinyl siding. I was advised that I should put in a house wrap such as tyvec. Is this necessary? My family does not use the cottage in winter. Currently there is wood siding on building. The cottage is only 200 sq ft and lots of that space is windows and doors.


Randyhenry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2008, 02:21 PM   #3
Registered User
Termite's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 6,520
Rewards Points: 2,000

Tyvek specifically isn't necessary, but it is a heck of a good product. You need something other than plywood behind that vinyl. Vinyl siding will let water in, and you need a membrane to manage it. Felt paper works well, and there are a number of brands of moisture barrier on the market.

If it were my house, it would get Tyvek.
Termite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2008, 08:19 PM   #4
Lic. Builder/GC/Remodeler
AtlanticWBConst.'s Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 7,556
Rewards Points: 2,000

Ditto to thekctermite's post.

House wrap may not be necessary, just like insurance may not always be necessary. But when a circumstance happens, you are happy you have it.
The difference is that, house wrap, when compared to the overall value of your home, is relatively small change. It's serves as a secondary protection, if the primary siding, windows, doors, roof, other.....were to fail, which, they can and often do. It keeps the sub layers protected from moisture, but at the same time, it allows any moisture to vent out. It is like Goretex material,the kind you see harsh environment outerwear made out of, but, for houses.

Moisture is the number one enemy to any structure. When sublayers get wet, they tend to stay wet. Then they rot and attract pests (carpenter ants, etc.) You want to keep the moisture out at all costs. Once it's in, rot, deterioration, and even pest damage can grow rapidly, and, can even cause structural damage.

It's a small investment towards one of the larger investments in life. Why cut such a small, but important "corner"?
- Build Well -

Last edited by AtlanticWBConst.; 06-24-2008 at 08:28 PM.
AtlanticWBConst. is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
House wrap or vapor barrier?? DaleB General DIY Discussions 3 04-07-2008 08:29 PM
No House Wrap On New House JoeZ430 Building & Construction 34 11-29-2007 10:51 AM
Complete AC installation in Old Capitol Hill Row House jacko10 HVAC 0 09-18-2007 05:42 PM
House wrap. Clutchcargo Building & Construction 4 07-15-2007 03:33 PM
Partial House Wrap Bill46 Building & Construction 7 01-23-2006 03:41 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts


Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1