When I went to price housewrap yesterday, I also saw some
"housewrap tape." Apparently this is used to tape seams.
(Please correct me if I'm wrong.) Is this tape necessary
if the housewrap overlaps as it's supposed to?
Thanks in advance,
I recently saw the price of the wrap and the tape and was
flabbergasted at the price of the tape. If you use the wrap
correctly, i.e., overlaps on studs or other wood, the overlaps will be
sealed during addition of the siding and very little taping will be
needed. Any good tape that will bond well to the Tyvek could be
used. I'll bet caulk would do the job also. If you have typical
construction workers, it won't really make any difference whether they
use tape or not because there will be lots of tears and holes that
never get fixed. If you are doing it (or overseeing it), then make
sure that every hole and tear is well sealed before the siding is put
on. The tape is the easiest but the most expensive.
I did a house for an architect that was very anal about this (the
architect was anal, not the house). When I asked him (I was joking)
what he wanted to do about the holes from the siding nails, he got a
worried look on his face and told me to hold up on the siding until
he could figure out what to do!!
The next day he had an approved change order to install a strip of
Miradri (ice and water shield, which is self sealing) on each stud,
so that the nails would be sealed by the Miradri. This cost him an
extra 780 bucks which he was happy to pay.
It takes all kinds....
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