I did a lot of studying on Tyvek house wrap versus Tar Paper and decided to go with Tar Paper for more than a few reasons:
- Smaller houses build up moisture very quickly and need to breath. Tar paper makes this easier while still being water resistant. This is actually what people used before Tyvek and houses, they seemed to do just fine.
- Most important – People who live in tiny houses notice a difference. First hand experience is extremely important to me and plenty who have had both say Tar Paper is the way to go.
- Tar Paper is cheap. Super cheap. Crazy cheap. And this guy is on a budget. Tar Paper, nails and tar paper. That’s it. No Tape, nada. If you want to build on a budget as well, hit up this guy for ideas on how to build a house for almost no money. If you don’t have a ton of money its great place to start with getting ideas on how to build for almost free.
- It has a super quick learning curve. Almost a no brainer. Hold, nail repeat.
Now, I might have gone overboard with my nails but I did so because I knew I’d have about 4-6 months before I could get my roofing/siding complete. I work full time, have a son who’s older, a toddler, and a wife I need to help. Building this house is my third full time job 😉
(I’m posting some of these a few months after doing them, but you’ll get the drift!) These are in no particular order. But a bunch of pix of how house wrap goes on can’t hurt. I left one end of the house open for a bit till I could wrap up a few things. As with most of my weekends in the spring it was raining while I was doing this :/