There are numerous ways to prevent damage to your home’s crawl space and one method is by installing barriers. There are two types of barriers you can install in your home to prevent any water damage that can cause your floors to sag: vapor barrier and moisture barrier. While the pair may sound similar, there are actually certain differences between the two that can help you determine which one you need.
In this post, foundation repair contractor Rapid Dri discusses the differences between vapor barriers and moisture barriers.
Vapor barriers limit the amount of water vapor that enters through the wall due to vapor pressures. It’s meant to restrict the flow of water vapor and moisture wherever they are placed. They are also placed in interior walls in predominantly cold climates and in the exterior for warmer climates. Since they have the ability to control the moisture flow where they are placed, a vapor barrier does not have to be placed continuously, does not have to be free of holes or sealed since a hole will simply mean the vapor there will be more vapor diffusion in the area.
To install a vapor barrier in your home, simply turn to basement waterproofing systems provider Rapid Dri for quality results.
On the other hand, moisture barriers are designed to keep liquids from entering your building. It’s usually combined with your home’s flashing and other materials. This ensures there’s a shingled assembly in the structure to direct water toward your home’s exterior.
Depending on the product you install in your home, a single material can function as an air barrier, vapor barrier and a moisture barrier at the same time.
For the best results, turn to Rapid-Dri for your home improvement needs. We are your leading provider of basement waterproofing and crawl space services. Give us a call at (734) 272-4495 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Ypsilanti, MI, and other nearby areas.