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CRAWL SPACE VAPOR BARRIERS

In order to turn your crawl space into a conditioned space, you must close the crawl space. Your crawl space has to be sealed off from the outside environment. As long as your crawl space is exposed to outside environments, you’ll never be able to control the environment of the crawl space itself.  

The new age term that so many are using to define this process is crawl space encapsulation, “encapsulating the crawl space. At some point during this process, every homeowner will have to make a choice,

 

“What crawl space vapor barriers should I go with?”


If your a regular of the site, you likely know what we use, what we recommend and what size vapor barrier we often suggest. However, every crawl space is unique and has unique circumstances. In other words, if you need a 20 mil vapor barrier size, we wouldn’t suggest you get a 12 mil or 10 mil. We;re going to recommend the appropriate crawl space vapor barriers for the project at hand.

CRAWL SPACE VAPOR BARRIERS SIZES

One of the most common questions we receive from homeowners, “What crawl space barrier should I go with?” It’s actually a great question and the reason we wanted to get an article up to explain what you may need to know

8 MIL CRAWL SPACE VAPOR BARRIER

The majority of our homeowners do not spend time in the crawl space, they simply don’t nor do they have future plans If there’s going to be light to no storage and very little traffic other than home maintenance, you’ll likely want to go with a 12 mil crawl space vapor barrier. The three 12 mil crawl space liners that we recommend are the GuardianLiner, DimaondBack and SilverBack. You can Google each one of these to find more. If your crawl space can be defined as this, it sounds like the 12 mil size will be what you need.

12 MIL CRAWL SPACE VAPOR BARRIER

The majority of our homeowners do not spend time in the crawl space, they simply don’t nor do they have future plans If there’s going to be light to no storage and very little traffic other than home maintenance, you’ll likely want to go with a 12 mil crawl space vapor barrier. The three 12 mil crawl space liners that we recommend are the GuardianLiner, DimaondBack and SilverBack. You can Google each one of these to find more. If your crawl space can be defined as this, it sounds like the 12 mil size will be what you need.

20 MIL CRAWL SPACE VAPOR BARRIER

If your crawl space is going to have a lot of storage, lots of traffic or the crawl space floor is tough/rugged/sharp edges, then we highly suggest getting a 20 mil vapor barrier size. The 20 mil size is perfect for this situation and the 20 liner we use is the SilverBack. This liner isn’t going to tear and it will last you for years to come. It’s also an accurate size as we know of several crawl space vapor barrier manufacturers that fall short on the actual size they promote. Just saying, be aware. You won’t have that issue with the SilverBack.

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CONCLUSION

Different crawl spaces call for different types of thickness. While there’s plenty of fish in the sea, we always practice what we preach and use what we recommend. Here’s a list of the best crawl space vapor barriers (based on our experience and homeowner reviews).

GuardianLiner™

DiamondBack™

SilverBack™

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