Whether you happen to live in a dry region or one with more than its share of rain there is no escaping the presence of moisture in the home that seeps through crawlspaces, foundations and walls to eventually make its way into our homes bringing with it germs, radon, termites and other health hazards. Protecting your home and health from the harmful effects of water vapor requires wrapping crawlspaces and foundation walls in plastic sheeting.
Durable and strong multi- purpose plastic film used in different kinds of construction projects is generally referred to as plastic sheeting or vapor barrier. Heavy duty plastic sheeting used for construction purposes is generally weather resistant, wrinkle resistant and termite resistant as well. When placed inside a dry wall it acts as an insulating barrier to prevent water vapor from seeping through the walls. Till some time back 6 mil plastic sheeting was generally used to cover crawlspaces and walls but it did not prove very effective in preventing some amount of water vapor from seeping through. Also 6 mil plastic sheeting often developed punctures and holes during placement of heavy concrete and foundation reinforcement allowing water vapor to easily pass through along with termites.
Using 10 mil plastic sheeting ensures that the covering is thick enough preventing punctures caused by placement of weight on top. There are many types of 10 mil plastic sheeting available in the market but when it comes to securing your home against moisture it is best to choose high quality over low price. The best 10 mil plastic sheeting available in the market are the ones manufactured from virgin polyethylene pellets with two layers bonded together using scientific engineering to provide extra protection against radon, moisture and termites.
The best thing about using 10 mil plastic sheeting during construction is the fact that it can be used as a water and dust cover almost anywhere in the home. You can use it to prevent roofs from leaking or under wood floors for added protection. Its thickness allows it to be used to serve a variety of useful purposes including acting as a weather cover to protect outdoor machinery and equipment.