Vapor barriers are essential for containing moisture build-up and preventing damage to foundations and walls. This plastic sheeting is most commonly installed in areas prone to excessive moisture such as crawl spaces, basements, and under concrete. With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to know which vapor barrier is right for your project. Here are the best plastic sheeting options that will successfully mitigate moisture damage.
Best Vapor Barriers
8 Mil White/Black Dura-Skrim® Reinforced Plastic Sheeting
The 8 mil White/Black Dura-Skrim® Reinforced Plastic Sheeting is a great choice for vapor barriers. Manufactured for long-lasting durability, it can be used as a certified vapor retarder and applied to a variety of indoor or outdoor projects.
12 Mil White/Black Dura-Skrim® Reinforced Plastic Sheeting
The 12 Mil White/Black Dura-Skrim® Reinforced Plastic Sheeting is an optimal vapor barrier option for applications both indoors and outdoors. As a certified vapor retarder, it accurately blocks moisture build-up in crawl spaces, ceilings, walls, and under slab applications.
20 Mil Dura Skrim® Reinforced Plastic Sheeting
The 20 Mil Dura Skrim® Reinforced Plastic Sheeting is designed to support projects requiring strong reinforcement. Manufactured with ultra-high-strength, this plastic sheeting offers the highest level of protection from condensation, heat build-up, and moisture damage. As a vapor retarder, it’s ideal for high traffic and poor topsoil crawl spaces.
VaporBlock® Vapor Barrier
VaporBlock® is a high-performance underslab vapor barrier manufactured to eliminate moisture in concrete slabs. Due to its durable design, this product exceeds ASTM E-1745 Class A, B, and C requirements for vapor retarders. This plastic sheeting is ideal for applications with low moisture permeability that also need resistance to decay and degradation.
PRO Crawl Barrier
The PRO Crawl Barrier is a 10 mil Class 1 Vapor Barrier designed to offer low permeability and high tensile strength. It is manufactured to protect building fabric from moisture damage. This plastic sheeting is ideal for multiple applications including crawl spaces, gas mitigation, and concrete foundations and walls.
Pro Crawl Anti-Mold Vapor Barrier with MPT™
Pro Crawl Anti-Mold Vapor Barrier is a high-performance, multilayer extruded polyolefin vapor barrier embedded with Mold Prevention Technology (MPT™). It is a class 1 vapor retarder that exceeds ASTM E1745 class A, B, and C to protect the building fabric from moisture vapor damage and also passes the ASTM G21 fungal resistance test against various fungal species.
Best Accessories for Vapor Barriers
After selecting your ideal vapor barrier, you may want to consider several accessories to properly install your plastic sheeting. Here are some ideal options to consider:
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