Siding or re-siding your Colorado Spring home’s exterior is a big task. It requires picking the style that best suits your home and it means considering your multiple color options, choosing trim that best complements your overall scheme. However, another important consideration is what to put under your siding. This generally means choosing between Tyvek® HomeWrap®, made by DuPont (since it is the most popular brand) and exterior fanfold insulation. Let’s take a look at each.
Tyvek House Wrap
Tyvek HomeWrap® is a vapor barrier that is applied directly to your home’s wood sheathing. Its primary goal is to protect your home from moisture, potentially saving its structure from major damages and hopefully saving you from costly home repairs.
Exterior Fanfold Insulation
Exterior fanfold insulation is the foam-type of insulation that is applied between your home’s exterior and the siding, and it offers some protection from moisture, in addition to creating a layer of thermal insulation. It is called fanfold due to the fact that it is stored folded up (like a handheld fan often used years ago), which makes it easier to unfold when it is ready to be installed on a home.
Which Is Better?
When deciding which one is better for the underside of your home, Tyvek® house wrap or exterior fanfold insulation, you must think about your current issues and concerns. For example, if your only concern is moisture, or if your home seems to be fairly drafty, then Tyvek® house wrap is likely enough for you.
However, if you want to improve the energy efficiency of your home in addition to having some protection from moisture, then exterior fanfold insulation will likely do the job. Both options cost around the same, so it really just depends on what issues you are trying to solve.
The No-Choice Option
Of course, you can always elect to put both Tyvek® HomeWrap® and exterior fanfold insulation on your home, giving it double protection without having to make the choice. It may cost a little more initially, but it could save you down the road in both damages and annual heating bills.
For help in figuring out which option is best for under your siding, call the professionals at Seamless Choice today at (719) 445-7888. We offer a free no-hassle and no-obligation consultation and estimate, allowing us to help you decide what works best for you in a pressure-free environment.