There are a number of problems that that can occur under your home or business. One major problem in the Northwest is mold or mildew. The very least of these is a musty odor that creeps into every room, the constant smell a discomfort. But aside from that, mold and mildew are downright hazardous. They cause health problems like allergies, asthma, skin irritations, respiratory issues and more. According to a Brown University study, exposure to mold could even cause depression. Another danger of mold and mildew is they put at risk the structural integrity of your home! Both mold and mildew thrive in damp, dark places, so a vapor barrier will keep your crawl space nice and dry. Don’t let your home succumb to problems easily remedied.
Eventually you may need to solve this issue, so it’s important to know about vapor barriers. Let’s start with the two most basic questions about vapor barriers.
What are Vapor Barriers? What does a vapor barrier do?
A vapor barrier is a plastic barrier that’s put on the ground in your crawl space serving a number of purposes: to prevent moisture from causing damage, to stop rodents from making a home there, and to help your house stay at a steady temperature, lowering your electric bills. It’ll improve air quality and help eliminate gases such as radon from leaking up from the crawl space. Ultimately, it will preserve the value of the home that you’ve worked so hard for.
Crawl Pros, like other crawl space companies, offers vapor barrier protection to our clients. But, we are quite unique in that our vapor barriers go above-and-beyond the vapor barriers offered by other companies.
Vapor Barrier: What They Use
Well, take for instance the industry standard – the 6 mil black poly. It’s what everyone uses. It’s what we used to use. What’s wrong with it? Well, for one thing, it rips pretty easily if it tears or gets punctured. This could happen if your crawl space company – or you, if you’re a D.I.Y.-er – use stakes to hold the plastic down. The stakes make holes, which will then rip open further when someone’s crawling around down there. The integrity of your vapor barrier will be destroyed.
What We Use
Crawl Pros contracted with a company in Canada to make this strong, thick 9-mil vapor barrier to our own specifications. It’s exclusive to Crawl Pros, and there’s nothing else out there like it.
It’s reflective black on one side and reflective white on the other. The reflective white side will lighten up your crawl space. If rodents do get in, their presence will be obvious, with their feces easy to spot on the white surface. Whether you want the white side or the black side facing up, though, is your choice.
There are some other products out there with both black and white sides. The trouble with them is that they’re only string-reinforced. The manufacturers take nylon string and glue black plastic on one side and white plastic on the other. Over time, however, it’ll come apart and start to separate. What’s more, when that happens, an odor starts to come off the glue that was used.
What we use is a clear mesh, which is woven, making it strong. The hot plastic (black and white) is shot on each side so that it coagulates on to the mesh, making one solid piece. It’ll never delaminate. When it’s laying on the ground it won’t rip or tear. What’s more, Crawl Pros tapes all of our seams so that they won’t come apart. They’re one solid piece.
Because Crawl Pros is manufacturing this product, it’s our standard vapor barrier, one that we use on every home. We’re able to offer this much-superior product at the same price that we did for the 6 mil black. Please view the video below to learn more about Crawl Pros’ superior vapor barrier material.
We are confident you will find our vapor barrier material and installation to be superior to our competitors. We invite you contact us today for more information and a free estimate.