Why Use a House Wrap for Custom Home Projects?

22 Aug 2019 Custom Building

Regardless of the size of your home building project, it is important that you use a house wrap to protect the building before the siding is installed. At Stormview Exteriors, they have years of experience in siding and exterior building renovations, meaning that house wraps are a frequent component to their daily work. There are many benefits and reasons to use a house wrap for custom home projects, as they provide protection for the home throughout the build and after the construction work is completed.

What is a House Wrap?

A house wrap is a cover made of fabric, paper, or other flexible material that covers the exterior walls of a building. The house wrap protects the walls from moisture and harsh weather conditions, and the siding is installed over it. It is breathable but water-resistant, meaning that moisture can evaporate through the material, which helps to eliminate mould and rot in the walls of a house.

Does My Home Need a House Wrap?

The necessity of a house wrap depends on the region in which the house is being built and the type of siding being used. In warmer, drier climates, house wraps are not typically needed. For cooler, wetter climates, such as British Columbia, house wraps are usually extremely beneficial to have.

Why Use a House Wrap for Custom Homes?

If you are building a custom home, a house wrap will be an excellent line of defence for your investment. House wraps are necessary for new custom home builds for a variety of reasons, including:

Protecting the Home During the Build

Until the siding on your home is fully installed, a house wrap will act as temporary weather protection. It will keep rain and moisture from soaking the sides of the house and allow it to pass from inside the home to outside the wrap.

Preventing Rot and Mould

By allowing water vapour to evaporate through its membrane, house wraps prevent moisture buildup on and inside walls. This can help to keep mould and rot from gathering within the structure.

Providing an Air Barrier

When sealed properly at the seams, some types of house wraps can provide a barrier to keep air from freely moving in and out of the house. While this does not increase the insulation of the home, it can help to prevent drafts.

If you would like to find out more about why it is important to wrap a building for custom home projects, or to find out more about the exterior services that they offer, please contact Stormview Exteriors by filling out a form on their website or calling them at 604-308-4731.