Overcoming House Wrap Issues With Self-adhered Membranes

Overcoming House Wrap Issues

Many businesses might not be in the habit of sharing the benefits of a competitor’s product. Occasionally, however, they offer information of which one should consider. We’ve been lauding the benefits of using self-adhered air barriers as opposed to mechanically-attached house wraps for some time now. We’d like to refer you to an infographic posted by Grace Construction Products, a construction material manufacturer and chemical company.

Some Common Housewrap Problems

  1. In reference to weather protection barriers, they illustrate how the typical house wrap can tear in high wind scenarios, and that copious amounts of fasteners are required to attach it to a structure. This is not the case with the use of Self-adhering membranes. They are their own fastener (so to speak), and, as a result, tearing due to high wind is kept to a minimum.
  1. Ease of installation cannot be overstated here. What would take a considerable amount of manpower to cover a home in the standard house wrap take less time an effort with the self-adhering membrane as it adheres to most common construction surfaces, including itself at overlaps. This also means less time spent repairing seams and leaks in your air barrier.
  1. Due to leaks caused by typical house wrap application methods, a substantial amount of heat and energy are lost. Once again, the use of self-adhering membranes can substantially reduce your heating and cooling costs by as much as several hundred of dollars a year.


They’ve done a pretty wonderful job of explaining the benefits of a product switch to overcome the problems with house wrap. It’s at this point we’d like to mention our own product, The DELTA® VENT-SA, which does the same extraordinary job with the quality you expect from Cösella-Dorken. If you’re looking for air tight alternatives, you should consider DELTA®-VENT SA.