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    Default Tyvek house wrap without logos defacing it?

    It looks like they all want to plaster their name all over it. I've seen some folk install white house wrap reversed but the printing still shows through.

    I'm looking to an alternate use where it won't be covered by siding and so trying to find some that has nothing printed on either side. I have seen some dull grey house wrap in my travels that didn't have any printing showing but don't know if they simply reversed it or not.

    I have a screened in gazebo that I'd like to wrap up for the Winter so that snow doesn't drift into it. I don't want to use plastic because it doesn't breathe. My first thought is that white would blend in with the snow yet allow light into the gazebo. The cedar gazebo is stained grey so grey might be a better choice even if it didn't allow as much light through. I also have a lattice screened woodshed in the same colour that I have a problem with snow drifting in.

    I've seen shiny silver foil lined stuff but that would stand out way too much. Anyone know of unprinted tyvek house wrap and if so, what brand and who sells it?

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    BTW, here's a pic of my woodshed to give you an idea of the colour.


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    I have some white "ground cloth" I purchased from a local plumbing store, and somthing like that might do what you want.
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    Ja, I thought of using frost cloth but it lacks the tear resistance of tyvek and it will not repel water like housewrap does. Also, the more I think about the colour, grey would be the better choice.

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    Sounds like you really just need it to block the snow from drifting in. If that's the case, I have a roll of grey ground soil control stuff, so some of that may be available in your area. The stuff is hard to tear, so should hold up at least for one season. No idea how it is to UV, but you don't have as much through the winter as you do in the summer, where you'd be taking it down anyway.
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    I have seen and worked with geotextile fabric of two different types. One was a white spun "filter cloth" that was similar to frost cloth only much tougher. The other was a tough black woven cloth. I have not seen it in grey.

    A concern I have of a hydroscopic cloth like frost cloth or geotextile fabric is that it will be right up against the wood siding of the gazebo and I don't want moisture there. House wrap on the other hand is hydrophobic so would repel water and at the same time let any trapped moisture escape.

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