a vapor barrier's job is to keep water vapor in humid air from diffusing through one side of a wall and finding a cool surface inside the wall. when a vapor barrier is on the side of a wall where the dry air is i.e., outside in winter or inside in summer , moisture problems can occur. a vapor barrier reduces the movement of water vapor by
very hot and humid climates may benefit from an exterior vapor barrier that keeps outside humidity from penetrating into walls. below-grade walls and floor slabs transmit ground moisture through concrete walls or slabs. a vapor barrier against the concrete surface is generally recommended before wood framing or flooring materials are installed.
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do i need a vapor barrier? if you are adding an exterior wall, anywhere in the house, and you answered yes, to either of the above questions you should consider using a vapor retarder. vapor retarder use and placement. in certain climates vapor retarders can be a vital part of the wall construction. however incorrect use can lead to
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the standard installation of a plastic vapor barrier is between the studs and the drywall, but there are some exceptions to this. in exterior walls that are below-grade, like basement walls
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the cool surface is the sheathing, assuming no exterior insulation. if water vapor diffuses or infiltrates into the wall cavity and finds the cool surface, moisture problems can occur. of course, you can have moisure problems here even without the exterior vapor barrier because of what bill rose calls the rule of material wetting.
vapor barriers are sheets of plastic or other material placed on one side of insulation sheets. this barrier is meant to keep moisture from getting to the insulation in the walls and ceilings, and it is required by building codes when insulating most houses. in any case, the vapor barrier must point to the warm side.