House wrap is generally a good idea to install on your home regardless of where you live or what the climate looks like there. House wrap can help keep moisture out while helping to promote air flow. Some types can also be used as insulation to help provide the first defense against energy transfer through the walls.
Many people are familiar with Tyvek® house wrap*, whether through previous use or simply due to name recognition, like Kleenex, Jacuzzi, or Hoover. There are alternatives to Tyvek®, however, that can help you achieve better results for your home. If you want the best alternative to Tyvek® house wrap, consider using Barricade’s house wrap for your next project.
One of the biggest, most common issues surrounding any house wrap is its durability. Products like Tyvek® may tear in a high wind, which can be problematic if a storm comes up after wrapping, but before the final siding can be installed. In the event of a delay or break in the project, your house wrap may need to be redone before siding can be installed.
Barricade house wrap has a tear-stop design, made of cross-woven polyolefin, which makes it stay firmly on the wall once it’s been installed. Barricade won’t tear off in a high wind, so it won’t need to be repaired or reinstalled no matter how long it takes to install the final outer covering.
While most house wraps are opaque, which can present issues with finding the framing for siding installation after the wrap has been put on. This, in turn, can lead to issues with the siding installation and moisture penetration down the road.
Because Barricade is semi-transparent, you can easily find the framing after installation. This makes the siding installation not only more efficient and faster, but it also helps reduce potential issues after installation has been completed.
Barricade is also a very lightweight product, which means that it can go up easily as well. Overall, using Barricade in place of another house wrap like Tyvek® can help you complete the job much faster and more efficiently, saving both time and money on the project.
High winds aren’t the only issue that a house wrap has to contend with after installation but before siding is put up. UV rays from the sun may also damage or begin to break down the wrap, which in turn means that the material won’t last as long or be as effective as it could be long term.
Barricade has superior UV ray protection, with stabilizers that will protect the wrap for up to 12 months in the sun. So, no matter the climate the project is taking place in, or how long the house needs to sit before the siding can be put on, you can get peace of mind knowing that the material is safe.
The true purpose of house wrap is to let moisture escape while helping to keep air infiltration to a minimum. Barricade does both, which means that not only is your home less likely to suffer from trapped moisture behind your house wrap, which can be a problem with some other brands, it also means that your insulation won’t lose any of its R-value due to air infiltration.
Energy loss can be a serious problem for many home exteriors, which is one reason to use house wrap in the first place. If your wrap isn’t stopping air infiltration, then it isn’t doing its job to truly stop energy transfer and keep your home more comfortable. Breathable Barricade house wrap will help with this issue, but won’t strangle and hold in moisture at the same time.
Your siding, insulation, and climate all play a role in how your house performs over time. With these variables, it’s important to have choices for what type of house wrap you use. For homes in extreme climates or different types of siding, sometimes you need a wrap that will perform well in out of the ordinary circumstances.
Barricade house wrap is durable, long-lasting, and will work well in most situations. But, for those houses that need different types of protection, from surfactants or more extreme climates, Barricade also makes different types of wraps including their Barricade-Plus and R Wrap.
These options mean that you can get that superior protection, easy and cost-effective installation, and long-lasting durability no matter what needs your home or property has in addition.
Not all house wraps are created equally. Don’t settle for a wrap that may tear in high winds, break down during a long delay, trap moisture against your home, or cause problems with siding installation. Get the best alternative to Tyvek® house wrap, and invest in Barricade®.
*Tyvek® is a registered trademark of DuPont™.