How to Install House Wrap the Right Way?

Has your house become permeable? Is there any mold growth due to the outside moisture? Are you thinking about house wraps but are still confused whether they will be able to prevent moisture or not? Will they inhibit mold growth and help in drafts? Do you want to know how to install a house wrap? Well, we are here for you. In this article, we will be discussing this and more.


Advantages of House Wrap

House wraps are perfect for houses prone to mold growth and moisture. They act as moisture and wind barriers. They seal the gaps in the house panels and the plywood sheathing that makes up your home’s exterior walls.

Not only this, they also provide UV protection and reduce air infiltration, condensation, mold problems that get inside the studs. Further, house wraps allow the vapor to flow out of the building. Still got stuck on how to install a house wrap, then here is what you need to know:

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  • The climate of your house and the area you are living in is the main deciding factor if you should get a house wrap installed or not
  • Or, if your house needs a weather resistant coat, then a house wrap can help you out
  • Usually brick and stucco are most susceptible to outside moisture, and you might need to install a house wrap if your house is made up of such materials
  • You can also ask the house wraps to be installed together with foam insulation, as the two products will make the house super-insulated
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Simply put, a house wrap would not only provide an efficient ventilation system for the house but would also prevent the outside moisture from getting inside along with preventing the mold growth.

House wraps are available in a range of materials including the likes of Asphalt (it is an impregnated paper or a fiberglass) to micro-perforated cross-lapped films, laminated films and most commonly used super calendared wet laid polythene.

Alternatives to House Wraps

In addition to house wraps, there are various alternatives you can choose to go with. These include:

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  • R-Wrap: It’s a non-perorated polythene house wrap and extremely breathable. The process of installation is simple and less time-consuming depending on the size of the house.
  • Tar Paper: A heavier tar paper can be used for roof and a lighter one can be used for wrapping. It can be easily spread, stapled or nailed.
  • Strong Seal: It is recycled tire rubber and an excellent insulating material. Ask your contractor, he will help you out in wrapping the house with it.
  • Zip System: It is very sturdy and generally used on wood walls. Zip system stretches and bends around in the difficult areas like window sills and wall penetrations quite easily.
  • Concrete Foam: It is concrete with foam insulation built into it. These are similar to masonry constructions and can be installed with the help of builders.

The above-mentioned alternatives can be a good choice for shielding your house. However, if our opinion is concerned, we would suggest you go for house wraps as they are durable, superior and easy to be installed. 

Let’s see how to install a house wrap.

Things You Need To Require

  • FaCade Material
  • House Wrap

House wraps insulate your house from weather and moisture intrusion.

Installing a House Wrap

Step 1: Place the House Wrap

Start with the lining of the stud marks, if any, on the house wrap with the first stud of the wall. Remember to leave some space about 15-30 cm on the overlapping corner and then proceed as follows:

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  • Let the bottom of the wrap overhang if the wall of the house has not been raised
  • Tie it with the help of a sealant or staple it

Step 2: Attachments

Keep the wrap unrolling and fasten it every 6-20 inches. For different materials, it should be done as follows:

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  • Use head or washer nails if you are covering a wood or gypsum construction
  • Start with the temporary attachment of vertical strips with an adhesive and then attach it permanently with the help of fasteners while covering masonry
  • You can use staple if you are wrapping over foam sheathing leaving a distance of about one inch

Step 3: Overlapping

If your house is having higher walls, then you can overlap the house wrap, unroll it and cover the wall by moving upwards higher than the first. The thing that should be kept in mind is that you need to keep a distance of 30 cm between the overlaps. 

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Ensure that the whole wall is covered. We recommend a secure footing before proceeding to the next step.

Step 4: Fastening and cutting

Use a sharp blade to cut off the excess wrap. Also, don’t forget to tightly fasten the house wrap at various places so that it does not come out.

  • For the windows, start cutting from one corner in the shape of ‘X’
  • For the doors, start cutting from the top or bottom in the shape of “I”
  • Once you have placed the cuts, start making folds and make the tacking behind the framings

You can also go through this video for proper understanding the installing procedure of the house wraps:

Step 5: Sealing

Use a sealant or tape for sealing and seal the following areas:

  • Begin by sealing of the openings of the window leaving the sills
  • Be sure to seal the overlaps as these are the places that get damaged very soon
  • Ensure that the house wrap has no punctures and has suffered no wear and tear during the installation process if any make sure to seal them


We hope that this article would have helped you in installing a house wrap. As a matter of fact, if you find that the house wraps are not perfect for your house, you can go for alternative wraps like an R-wrap or paper trap. All you need to do is follow the same instructions as we did for house wrap. 

I look forward to receiving your comments and would also like you to participate in the discussion so that each one of us can be helped. Don’t forget to share your house wrap installation procedure. Do share the above post if you liked it. 

Abigail Jones

Hi, I'm Abigail. I like spending time tearing my house apart and putting it together back again. Join me on home improvement tutorials, tips on my blog.

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