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By Chad in Vincennes, IN on 5/31/2006


I have a house plan with a large bonus room above a 3 car garage. I'm working on the insulation estimate and wonder if this area would benefit from house wrap or not. It doesn't seem like it should matter but wanted to check the knowledge on the boards. If not needed, should I be sure to use kraft faced insulation or does it not matter since the room is encased by roof trusses? Thanks!
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By Tom in Stroudsburg, PA on 6/1/2006


Chad, The house wrap reduces air infiltration as well as creating a waterproof barrier, if the area is to be conditioned space (a/c or heat) then it should be wrapped. Most building codes require some type of exterior membrane. Thats why you see Tyvek and similar products all over the place. The other reason that these are becoming popular is because they are very cost efficient to buy and install. You could use tar paper for example but that's nuts. As for your insulation you must have a vapor barrier, kraft face or other on the side exposed to the interior space; this prevents your interior wall surface from being damaged due to condensation or water dripping on your head if it's unfinished.
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By Chad in Vincennes, IN on 6/2/2006


Thanks for the info. So what do most people do - use kraft faced insulation on the exterior walls or put up plastic sheeting over the insulation? It seems like plastic sheeting would seal better (less gaps). Looks like the cost difference is about $5 per insulation bundle on kraft vs. non-kraft faced, but I haven't checked how much the plastic sheeting costs.
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By Brian in AK on 6/2/2006


A plastic vapor barrier may or may not be required/needed based on the climate zone that you live in.
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