This post, Keep Your Home Healthy with DuPont Tyvek Homewrap is sponsored by DuPont™ Tyvek®, opinions are my own.
Not long after we moved into our home ten years ago we noticed something alarming. Actually, it was a couple of things. First, in many places along the exterior wall, you could actually feel the wind blowing through the wall near the wood baseboard. Second, one of our walls had mold growing on the outside of the vinyl siding. We knew the mold could be cleaned off but it, along with the wind, was indicative of a larger problem.
But what was it?
We discovered the source of the problem when we decided to replace the drafty windows in the bedrooms with new windows. When my husband pulled the windows out, he noticed a distinct lack of house wrap. There was nothing protecting my house from mold, mildew, wind and other things that happen as a result of not having a proper house wrap. But adding this to a 2,400 square foot home is not the easiest proposition. Thankfully my husband is pretty handy and decided to take the job on himself.
And I got to do the fun part. Picking out new vinyl siding. I secretly hated the old color, so I was pretty happy to be replacing it.
Why do you need a house wrap on your home?
Housewrap acts as a barrier between the inside of your home and the elements outside that can affect it, namely air and water. Water is a homeowner’s worst enemy because it causes damage you can see and damage that you can’t. This damage, including mold and mildew and affect the indoor air quality of your home and can potentially cause health problems. And because all of this happens inside the wall where you can’t see it, you may not know until it is too late. Water can happen when it finds a way in because of the weather, but it also happens due to moisture when there is a temperature difference between the inside and outside of your home. Which is fairly often. Without the right kind of house wrap, this moisture enters into the wall cavity where the materials there like wood and insulation, are more susceptible to developing mold and mildew, and can’t get out.
In my home, the lack of a house wrap caused our energy bills to be higher because the cold air was blowing in through a number of places in the wall where the house sheathing and insulation had gaps. I was always turning up the heat! One room in our house was particularly prone to drafts through the wall. It also caused mold on the outside of the wall, so who knows what kind of damage had already happened on the inside.
You can see in that photo that the original siding was installed directly on exterior sheathing and insulation. As he removed the old siding, he assessed what damage he could and had to replace anything that had been damaged by water. Thankfully there wasn’t a lot of it, but I was truly baffled that someone would build a home without the crucial step of including a house wrap barrier against the elements.
Why choose DuPont Tyvek Homewrap?
DuPont™ Tyvek® HomeWrap® was introduced in 1980. It is the original house wrap but despite a growing market of competitors, it remains the best option for protection your home against the negative effects of air and water. Tyvek is the standard by which all other products are measured and has been voted best in the market by builders for 20 years.
- Tyvek is an air barrier and helps prevents drafts. This improves the energy efficiency of your home.
- Tyvek is water-resistant to help prevent water from getting inside the more delicate wall cavity.
- Tyvek is permeable so if moisture does happen to get inside the wall cavity, it isn’t trapped there and can evaporate.
- Tyvek is durable enough to withstand the challenges of a job site during insulation.
- Tyvek installs at the same speed as other so-called quicker sheathing systems.
- Tyvek’s overlap installation system is “smarter than water” ensuring joints prevent water from getting in.
Learn more by watching the video below.
Using Tyvek is what I like to call a “no-brainer”.
For more information about Tyvek and what makes it stand out above the rest visit: DuPont Tyvek.
Oh, and by the way, take a look at the before and after pictures of our house which is now wrapped up neat and tight with a protective house wrap barrier to protect us from drafts and wall damage.
Now, I just need a new roof to compliment the new siding color. Oh husband, where are you? I have an idea.