Proper moisture drainage is of the utmost importance when choosing a wrap to use with fiber cement siding. As previously mentioned, dense, heavy fiber cement does not allow moisture to escape easily, so any heavy rainfall will result in moisture becoming trapped behind the siding. A wrap that can’t facilitate drainage will only result in future problems for the job.
RainDrop 3D wrap from GreenGuard is a channeled house wrap designed for the tough challenges that sidings like fiber cement can bring. This house wrap acts as an air barrier and is recognized as an air barrier material with the Air Barrier Association of America.
The surface of the wrap is designed to help with moisture management by channeling water away from the building. It’s made with three-dimensional channels built into the surface, which do a superior job of channeling and funneling moisture away from the building, particularly in high rainfall areas and behind materials like fiber cement that don’t allow for easy evaporation.
The material is also non-perforated, as well as non-woven, for better durability but allows water vapor to escape for better moisture management. RainDrop 3D is tough and durable, and the channels in its surface won’t compress beneath heavy fiber cement no matter how tightly the siding is installed. This ensures that the wrap will continue to drain and do its job no matter the conditions of the siding installed on it.
This non-woven material also won’t rip or tear, so it’s ideal for the rough texture of the siding as well as for the heaviness and slow installation. It remains UV resistant for up to 9 months as well, so delays on the job site won’t be a problem (for the wrap, at least).
RainDrop 3D can even help your siding installation go a little smoother as well, with a translucent finish that makes stud finding easier. This premium house wrap is ideal for use with all types of fiber cement siding, making the builder’s job easier and giving homeowners better performance, long term.