If someone would ask me: What is the worst part of the Tiny House build? I would answer: Putting the tarp over the roof when it rains.
Well, thanks to Southern California weather, it doesn’t rain that often. But wrapping your house can be even more painful if you don’t do it properly and patiently.
Especially when there’s a little bit of wind!
The house wrap helps keep your tiny home nice and dry in case water makes it behind your siding. When you install it, you have to think like a drop of water. Yep… think like a sneaky unwanted water drop that’s trying to break into your home.
The first thing you want to do is to nail one corner, stretch the house wrap along your wall and nail the corner. Once that’s done, the rest is a lot easier. Make sure your install the bottom piece first then overlap the next one (if needed) by about six inches. This way, if a dreaded water drop makes in under the siding, the wrap will hopefully save the sheathing.
Building Tip #1:
House wrap (at least Tyvek) is pretty rugged material. But it cuts just like gift wrapping paper: you can easily slide through with a good pair of scissors.
Building Tip #2:
Wear sunglasses if there’s any sun! Gosh that white is blinding.
Follow the house wrap instructions. In our case, all seams had to be tapped with specific house wrap Tyvek tape.
Building tip #3:
The Tyvek tape is pretty expensive and you will end up with extra when you’re done. For piece of mind, you can use the rest to cover the nails.
Tumbleweed also makes great How-To Videos, which we also purchased. Honestly, both are very good and they complete one-another. I always go back and forth between both of them to get as much information as I can.
With a little bit of practice, you’ll end up with a tightly wrapped house for your neighbors’ enjoyment.
Here’s to being better at wrapping houses than wrapping gifts…