With more than 30 years of residential performance on millions of homes, Tyvek® HomeWrap® is the world's leading house wrap. Wrapping a home in a protective envelope is a good building practice that helps combat a home's worst enemies: water, moisture and air infiltration. Tyvek® behind a home's siding is an excellent secondary defense against the weather.
What is HomeWrap®?
Tyvek® HomeWrap® is a weatherization membrane that provides a protective layer under a home's siding and over the sheathing. It is literally wrapped around a home over the wood or foam sheathing, cut out around windows and doors and taped at the seams.
The unique, nonwoven-fiber structure of Tyvek® HomeWrap® resists air infiltration and water intrusion, yet is engineered to readily allow moisture vapor to diffuse through the sheet, helping prevent mold and mildew buildup and wood rot. The fibrous structure is engineered with microscopic pores that readily allow moisture vapor to evaporate but are so small that bulk water and air cannot penetrate. Siding, whether it's vinyl, wood, stucco, brick, or composite, does not completely prevent air and water penetration. Tyvek® is designed as a secondary defense to help manage a home's wall systems.
How Tyvek® Improves Wall Performance
Tyvek® Protects Insulation R-Value -- R-Value ratings for insulation are only maintained as long as the air within the insulation stays still and dry. The Department of Energy estimates that nearly 40% of a home's energy loss is the result of air infiltration caused by wind driven pressures from the outside. The opposing forces of pressure between inside and outside walls cause heat and air conditioning to be virtually sucked from a home-- through walls, ceilings, sill plates, sheathing joints, top plates, electrical outlets and every inch of the estimated half-mile of cracks in newly constructed homes. As air infiltrates, it causes changes in temperature that require heaters or air conditioners to work harder. Constant temperature fluctuations also reduce comfort levels. Occupants feel too cold or too warm. Reducing air infiltration, increases a home's comfort factor.
Insulation can help increase the R-value, but it is only marginally effective in reducing air infiltration. When air infiltrates, the R-value itself can be reduced up to 60%. Adding thicker insulation won't solve the problem. Stopping air from getting in will.
Properly applied, Tyvek® HomeWrap® helps reduce air infiltration, preserving R-values, conserving energy, reducing heating costs and creating a more comfortable interior.
Tyvek® Helps Manage Moisture in Walls
The tighter a home, the more comfortable and efficient. Unfortunately, the tighter a home, the more susceptible to moisture problems that can cause mold, mildew and rot. So all systems need to be in balance--designed to manage water and moisture effectively.
There are two main ways water and moisture get into wall systems: