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What is a Type 2 vapor barrier?

What is a Type 2 vapor barrier?

Class II vapor retarders are typically Kraft paper (Kraft-faced insulation). The permeance of Kraft paper increases to Class III levels at higher relative humidity (from 0.3 up to 3 perms).

Do you need a vapor barrier with rigid foam insulation?

Foam insulation usually does not require a vapor barrier. For some foam insulation types, such as closed-cell spray foam and foam board insulation, the insulation itself stops the movement of most water vapor.

Can you put vapor barrier on both sides of a wall?

Avoid installing vapor barriers on both sides of a structure. Walls and ceiling cavities should ideally have the ability to dry out in one direction if the other side is constructed to prevent moisture penetration. Seal all wall cracks and holes in the wall being vapor-proofed to block air gaps.

Is it OK to put plastic over faced insulation?

No, you should not do this. As mentioned above, faced insulation that has a vapor barrier can easily trap moisture. If you put another faced insulation on top of face insulation, a significant amount of moisture can form inside your insulation and in your walls to damage them.

Should I put plastic over insulation before drywall?

Without poly beneath the drywall, water vapor hits the drywall and diffuses through to the drier (in summer) indoor air. By installing a sheet of poly there, you cut off that drying mechanism and water that finds its way into walls can stay there longer and do more damage.

What is a Class 3 vapor barrier?

Class III – Medium permeability vapor retarders – rated greater than 1.0 perms and less than or equal to 10 perms. Latex or enamel paint qualify as Class III vapor retarders.

Do vapor barriers cause mold?

One of the more common problems with crawl spaces that do not have a crawl space vapor barrier system is that they create high moisture levels, which may result in mold growth – as dampness creates the ideal environment for mold growth.

Is foam board a good vapor barrier?

Rigid foam board, especially foil-faced polyisocyanurate, creates a vapor-impermeable barrier, so the wall would have limited drying potential. Even more permeable types of insulation, such as expanded polystyrene, are vapor barriers when the installation is thick enough.

Does vapor barrier go above or below slab insulation?

The industry consensus is that underslab vapor barriers should be installed if the slab will be in conditioned space, or if the slab will be covered with a moisture sensitive flooring system. The underslab barrier should be less permeable than the floor covering.

Which way should vapor barrier face?

It should always face the warm-in-winter side. Thus, in cold climates, it should face the interior; in hot humid climates, it should face the exterior. If a vapor barrier is installed on the wrong side, it can trap moisture inside wall cavities causing condensation to accumulate.

Can you use 4 mil plastic for vapor barrier?

4 Mil Clear Plastic Sheeting – . 004 inches thick plastic sheeting engineered from low-density polyethylene. Our rolls of clear plastic sheeting are strong and durable – they will not tear or rip easily. Useful as a painter’s tarp, vapor barrier, or for general use.