What is a House Wrap and How Can it Improve Your Home’s Sustainability
If you want to protect your home from the intense Colorado climate and save money on your energy bills while lowering your environmental footprint then a house wrap is something that you need for your home. A house wrap can keep the Colorado snow and rain from damaging your home while making sure that your home is energy efficient throughout the year.
What’s House Wrap?
House wrap is an innovative synthetic product that is used as a moisture barrier behind the siding and over the interior structure of your home. In the past asphalt covered paper was used as a barrier to keep out moisture and to make insulation function more efficiently. If you have an older home your home probably has an asphalt paper barrier. But house wrap is lighter, easier to put on, and lasts longer than asphalt covered paper.
What It Does
House wrap protects the interior structure of your home from being affected by rain, snow, and other elements. If any moisture were to get into the structure of the home behind the walls or under the floors mold could start to grow. Toxic mold can be hazardous to the health of anyone living in the home. And over time that moisture could damage the structure of your home. And without some kind of wrap, your HVAC won’t operate as efficiently causing you to spend a lot more money for heating and cooling.
Heat prices in Colorado are already sky high during the long winter, why pay more to keep your home toasty? Installing house wrap will dramatically lower your energy bills because it acts as a seal and forms a closed system within the house. It allows moisture to evaporate so that it doesn’t build up inside the walls but it doesn’t let moisture in from the outside.
House wrap also acts as a wind barrier, which can be very important during the storm season in Colorado. By slowing down the wind house wrap can prevent damage to the structure of the home and keep the people inside the home comfortable even during the roughest storms.
Siding And House Wrap
Some types of home siding are more susceptible to allowing moisture like wind and rain to leak into the interior of a home. If you have a type of siding that is not great at resisting moisture on your home like wood siding or vinyl siding a house wrap can help protect your home from the moisture that the siding lets in. Vinyl siding is very susceptible to water leakage at the joints where the panels of siding are put together. If you have vinyl siding you should check those joints and seams often to make sure that water isn’t getting into the structure of your home.
Wood siding also can let in moisture that can eventually end up damaging the siding as well as your home. If you love the look of your wood siding but are worried about warping, cracking or moisture getting inside the home a house wrap can give you the protection that you need so you can continue to use the siding you love.
House wrap can also be combined with masonry finished exteriors for maximum energy efficiency. If you have a masonry finish on the exterior of your home your home already has good protection against the Colorado climate but adding house wrap will give your home another layer of protection. That will lower your energy bills and make less work for your HVAC system so that your HVAC will last longer.
If you want your home to be ready to survive anything that the Colorado climate can throw at it talk to a contractor today about installing house wrap on your home.