08:16AM | 12/11/03
Member Since: 12/10/03
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I'm in the process of building a new house. The builder does not use house wrap as a standard material when building houses. They simply nail the siding directly on top of the plywood. Is this a good standard practice? Should I insist on getting house wrap installed? Some how this is not required and the inspectors don't have a problem with it? What should I do? Any expert advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks...


10:01AM | 12/12/03
Member Since: 06/03/01
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Am not an 'expert' by any means but just finished having a new home built and would never have one without 'housewrap'. Consider all those spaces between the plywood covering on your framing. The housewrap is designed to seal all these (plus any others) from air intrusion. This is very important in the total insulation of your house and will pay for itself over a very short time. I live in a windy area and the housewrap is even more important to keep out those drafts from spoiling the value of your insulation.


03:20PM | 12/14/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
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I see this happen in desert areas where ther is not much water but it is insane to build with no protection behgind the siding. No siding is watertight. There are multiple cases of rot and mold insurance claims in this industry because of careless construction techniques.

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