What type of weather resistive barrier (WRB) should be used behind brick veneer?
Recently Matt Risinger of Risinger Homes, an Austin, Texas-based custom builder and whole-house remodeling contractor specializing in architect-driven and fine craftsmanship work, set out to answer this question in a Guest Blog post for Custom Home, a sister publication to Masonry Construction. Risinger provided a solid explanation of why he recommends:
... using a WRB with a perm rating lower than conventional house wrap. A lower perm rating means that the WRB is less likely to let moisture from the airspace behind the brick reach the wall sheathing.
He also discusses the importance of drainage and differences depending on local climate conditions. Read More