Investing in new siding is a huge deal, so you’ll want to make sure you have every aspect of it covered. For instance, you’ll need to consider whether a house wrap is needed prior to your siding installation. Will your home actually need one, or is it just an unnecessary add-on?
Short Answer – It Depends on the Siding Material
Most siding options are susceptible to water infiltration. This is especially true for wood siding because it has many seams where the boards overlap. Wind-driven rain and excess moisture can seep through these seams and weaken the siding from the inside. The same goes for siding that’s assembled from large panels, such as vinyl and aluminum. The cracks where the sections of the material are joined make it easy for water to leak inside.
A house wrap may also be used in homes that use a brick, stucco or other masonry-based exterior. But it will need the right type of house wrap to prevent issues with moisture in the wall cavities and insufficient ventilation. Ultimately, the decision to put a house wrap before the siding installation will be up to your choice of siding contractor.
What About House Wrap for Fiber Cement Siding?
Our James Hardie® fiber cement siding is already waterproof by itself. But we can augment its waterproofing ability further with HardieWrap® Weather Barriers, which serves as an additional shield. They are specially Engineered for Climate®, so they will always stand up to the harshest elements, whether you live in the Twin Cities area or not. In fact, following independent tests, HardieWrap has outperformed its counterparts in water holdout, tear resistance and air penetration resistance.
Keeping a sturdy and weather-resistant home is easy with James Hardie fiber cement siding and HardieWrap Weather Barriers. But to get the most of your new exterior, you’ll want to make sure they are installed by a James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor like Twin Cities Siding Professionals. We’ll make sure the work is completed to quality specifications – no shortcuts nor callbacks, just unmatched workmanship backed by training and experience. Our commitment to complete client satisfaction is one of the reasons we are Angie’s List® Certified.
Look no further than Twin Cities Siding Professionals for a smooth and worry-free siding installation. We serve Minneapolis, MN, and the rest of the Twin Cities area. Call us today at (651) 967-0873, or fill out this contact form to schedule your consultation.