Our house is around 70 years old, and it has desperately needed a major makeover. It was covered with these natural wood shakes that were inexplicably painted over white, long before we moved in, and that paint was cracked and peeling. In addition, the windows were clunky and old fashioned and less well insulated than they ought to be.

So right now, our house is naked — all the old siding has been ripped off, and the windows are in the process of being replaced with modern, well-insulated glass. Now that the old hideous slabs of wood have been removed, we’re going to get new siding shortly…but before you put on the siding, you have to cover it with house wrap to add a little more insulation and provide a moisture seal. I have discovered that our contractor isn’t just using familiar Tyvek. This is what part of our house is covered with now: WRAPTOR!

It’s silly, but I kind of like the idea that our house will be shielded by an invisible layer of dinosaurs.


  1. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Tyvek™ is a Dupont trademark. Obviously the company making wraptor™ (which sounds to me like the same or very similar stuff) has a marketing group with sense of humor.
    This goes on all the time with commercial plastics, and companies do protect their trademarks vigorously.

  2. blf says

    The mildly deranged penguin points out her natural wraptor covering is quite stylish, a rather natty tuxedo. And it rather grows on you.

  3. Saganite, a haunter of demons says

    Not sure I’d trust these wraptors not to slice through the covering with their razor sharp claws… they learn how to open doors and deal with windows, too, you know…

  4. says

    So long as it is not some highly inflammable substitute for the proper stuff, imported from China with dodgy credentials.
    “New “Wraptor” keeps you as warm as toast, in fact turns you into toast.”

  5. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    “New “Wraptor” keeps you as warm as toast, in fact turns you into toast.”

    So would Tyvek™ I know, I have worn Tyvek™ protective equipment for hours.

  6. jrkrideau says

    I don’t know. It looks a bit pagan to me–shurely that’ really a dragon. I’d keep an eye out for men in long red robes or mobs with torches.

  7. Reginald Selkirk says

    and provide a moisture seal

    Sort of. You do not want a complete, effective moisture seal on your house, that leads to rot. You want a partial solution that, as their web site states:

    Wind driven moisture can make its way through almost any type of exterior cladding. Without a house wrap, moisture can be absorbed into the sheathing and wreak havoc on a wall system. Wraptor Plus stops bulk moisture from coming in contact with sheathing, protecting the components of the wall system. Wraptor Plus also has a perm rating of 7, which means that it allows moisture trapped inside the wall cavity to escape to the exterior.

    It’s like the claims for Gore-tex: that it is “breathable.” But we’ve probably all worn Gore-tex and know that for a lie.

  8. robro says

    Boy, if Noah had known about Wraptor, he could have used it instead of Tyvek on his Ark. It would have helped with the dinosaurs on board. And of course, Ken Ham would have used Wraptor instead of Tyvek on his Ark because it’s an exact replica of Noah’s.

  9. methuseus says

    I think I need to remember this for the next time I need work done on a house. Even if it’s a little more expensive, I might just use it for the sheer joy it would instill in me and my children (probably my wife, too).