How to improve the walls for a 1000-square-foot house near Asheville?
What would be the best way to improve the walls in a 1000-square-foot house that currently has 2x4 walls with fiberglass batt insulation covered with OSB, felt paper, and vinyl siding?
I want to replace the vinyl siding with fiber cement plank siding, and thought this would be a good time to add some XPS insulation between the OSB and the siding. The felt paper undoubtedly will be damaged by removing the vinyl siding, so I am guessing I need a house wrap (Tyvek or other) and then the XPS sheets.
Should the XPS be taped at joints and windows and doors? Do I need a rainscreen gap between the XPS and the siding? The exterior walls are sitting on a concrete block foundation, and there is a crawl space under the floor.
Posted Jul 10, 2014 9:34 PM ET
Edited Jul 11, 2014 8:00 AM ET
Other Questions in Green building techniques