Benefits of a Vapor Barrier
- June 1, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Insulation
Some may argue that vapor barriers are not a necessary step in the insulation process but when it comes to your crawlspace this is something you will want to highly consider. Crawl space vapor barriers can make your home more comfortable to be in and lower your heating and cooling cost more efficiently than if you were to leave out a vapor barrier. There are also a number of reasons why it is recommended that you have a vapor barrier installed.
Vapor barriers can help reduces mold growth in the crawlspace. When moisture makes contact to any surface in your home it increases the likelihood of mold growth. Mold growth is a common problem for many homeowners and can often lead to unpleasant smells throughout the entire home, but can be easily prevented with a vapor barrier. The vapor barrier will help lower the moisture levels and this, in turn, will prevent the growth of mold which will also eliminate any odors and unpleasant smells caused by the mold growth.
Vapor barriers are often already built into the attic insulation of your home. This helps keep the warm air from rising into the attic space during the winter months. During the winter months, this also helps keep the moisture from passing from inside your home to the outside of your home. This may not seem like a major deal but when the water passes through the walls it has the potential to condense within the walls. This condensation can cause serious damage to your home by promoting mold and mildew growth and even causing the structure to begin to rot. The moisture can also freeze in the walls and when it thaws there will be noticeable damage in the form of cracks.
Installing a vapor barrier will help keep the moisture out of your walls. When you consider that moisture is constantly being passed through the walls of your home this can be a highly effective way to reduce the damage of this moisture. When the warm air in your home rising from one floor to the next, or to the attic, it carries with it a substantial amount of moisture. Most often letting some of this moisture pass to the attic will pose little problems but the attic area needs to be properly ventilated to ensure that the moisture is quickly removed.
Vapor barriers are not necessary for all attics so before committing to having one installed you should understand if your home needs a vapor barrier. Consulting with an attic installation professional is the best way to understand just how a vapor barrier can benefit your home. Most often if you live in an area where the temperature remains above freezing for most of the year than a vapor barrier may not be necessary for your home. If, however, you live in a climate where freezing temperatures are common for at least a few months out of the year that it may be a wise choice to have a vapor barrier installed in your attic. The professionals at Attic Pro can assist you in determining if a vapor barrier could benefit you and your home. Give them a call at 884-892-8842.