Builders and consumers today have a wide range
of siding materials to choose from, including
various types of natural wood; masonry materials
like brick veneer and stucco, and a growing
field of man-made products including vinyl, EIFS,
hardboard, and engineered wood. To find out what sidings
JLC readers are using and how they feel about
what’s available, we mailed 1,000 surveys to a random
assortment of subscribers and evaluated the results.
Here’s some of what we learned.
What Lies Beneath: Views on Sheathing Wrap
Although nearly three-fourths of the readers who
responded to the survey expressed a preference for proprietary
housewraps such as Tyvek and Typar, traditional
15- and 30-pound felt paper also put