Facts about Vapor Barrier:
- With a Vapor Barrier installment, we use 6mm black plastic, also known as visqueen. The reason for that specific type is because that is what building code requires.
- Vapor barrier installations average a quarter of the price of a full encapsulation
- Does not require sump pump or any air conditioning methods.
Benefits of Vapor Barrier:
The benefits of installing a vapor barrier are the exact same as encapsulation, minus the storage. With a vapor barrier install you can still store things in your crawl space, it’s just not as ‘pretty’ as encapsulation. Vapor Barrier benefits you and your home with better air quality, saving you money on your energy bill (the same 20% that the Advanced Energy studies found), and reduction in humidity decreasing your potential for mold problems exponentially.
Which should you choose?
In the end, it’s your home and it’s up to you. We made this page so you as a customer can be more educated on the subject and go into this process having more knowledge to help in your decision making. Take a look at our video of owner, Nathan Head, in the crawl space talking about the differences, or reference the infographic we have. Both are valid options for your crawl space that offer the same protection, encapsulation is just 3 times the price of a vapor barrier installation.
As always, if you have questions or would like to set up a free crawl space estimate give us a call or send in a quote request.