The buildup of moisture in a crawl space can cause damage to the wood in your home’s substructure through condensation. Vapor barriers are applied directly to the soil to prevent moisture and ground water from condensing on wood, which can result in wood rot and other moisture-related issues.
BENEFITS OF CRAWL SPACE VAPOR BARRIERS:
- Impervious to water vapor.
- Backed by a lifetime product warranty.
- Recommended by the Building Research Advisory Board.
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WHAT CRAWL SPACE VAPOR BARRIERS CAN DO FOR YOU
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Our crawl space vapor barriers are moisture-proofing barriers applied to the soil in your home’s crawl space. They help protect against wood rot and moisture-related issues caused by ground water, wet weather and excessive water vapor in the crawl space.
CRAWL SPACE VAPOR BARRIERS AND YOUR HOME
Our solutions help protect your home against moisture damage issues such as:
- Warped baseboards
- Expanding and buckling wood floors
- Blistering exterior wall paint
- Corroding electrical conduits
- Softening of floor adhesives
- Decaying joists
- Deteriorating insulation
- Decaying wall framing
- Rusting pipes
STOP MOISTURE BEFORE IT STARTS
A vapor barrier is an important part of the protection of wood in crawl spaces. The threats to wood in crawl spaces include destructive wood-decay fungi and non-destructive fungi.
DESTRUCTIVE WOOD-DECAYING FUNGI
Moisture in crawl spaces leads to three basic types of destructive wood-decaying fungi in the wood components of structures. Our vapor barriers help fight:
- Cubical brown rot occurs when wood is in dry-to-wet and wet-to-dry situations. The decayed wood is brittle and very dark, often giving a charred appearance.
- White rot infests wood that is exposed to continuous moisture. It’s common in poorly vented crawl spaces. The infested wood takes on a bleached appearance, and the wood becomes spongy and fibrous.
- Wood-conducting rot is a specialized fungus. It can even infest sound, dry wood. The fungi does this using water from a remote source, often many feet or yards away.
Our vapor barriers also help fight non-destructive fungi like surface mildew and molds as well as sap-stain fungi. These species use the starches and sugars in wood cells for food without damaging the cellulose.
As a result, the wood retains its structural strength. These fungi simply give the wood an unattractive appearance.