Choosing the Right Moisture Barrier
Most people move into their homes and after they have lived there for a while, they discover that their basement is leaking. Unfortunately, this is so because most engineers, architects and builders are not keen when designing homes in regards to the necessity of keeping your basement dry through the years. This usually means that a rubber membrane was never put in place in order to make your basement waterproof. Additionally, there is no waterproof barrier between the slab and the earth. This makes it possible for ground water to come into the basement.
It is important to ensure that there is a moisture barrier in place. With a vapor barrier that has low permeability, along with a grate drain system that is sealed, you can easily protect the wall of your basement from extra moisture that may seek to enter in. If you have a basement that is leaking, you can expect to also have mold, bad odors, air quality that is poor, fungus, mildew and any equipment that is sensitive to moisture can easily be damaged. With a great vapor barrier, you will also be able to save money on utilities.
Types of Moisture Barriers
There are 3 types of barriers of shields that you can choose from as follows:
- FinishShield – This moisture barrier is 16mm cross laminated. It retards fire and it is the most pocket friendly vapor barrier out there. It is a perfect solution for those looking to put in basement walls that are properly finished. It will protect your basement against wall leaks, moisture, humidity, mildew and mold.
- HD FinishShield – This one is a 14mm vapor barrier that also retards fire. It is one that comes highly recommended because it acts as a wall covering that is very durable. If you are not looking to finish your walls immediately, then this is the basement wall covering to go for. It will protect your basement against humidity, moisture, mildew, wall leaks and mold.
- ThermalShield – This vapor barrier is made for walls and comes with a foil face. It has two layers. One layer is bubbles while the other layer is white poly and usually sits on the back side. If you want to keep the heat in, then this is the way to go because it will indeed reflect that indoor heat inwards. With this moisture barrier, you will save on the cost of energy while keeping out humidity, mold, moisture, leaking walls and mildew.
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