Why Do I Need a Moisture Barrier?

If you are in the process of building a new home or office or are working with flooring, then you have likely encountered the term "moisture barriers." However, if you aren’t a home builder or flooring professional, that term may have raised an eyebrow or two, along with more than a few questions. That includes questions like, what are moisture barriers, or why do I need moisture barriers?

The basic purpose of moisture barriers is to protect the flooring, carpeting, etc., from damage. The real question, though, is why do I need moisture barriers and what that means for your home or office.

Why We Need Moisture Barriers

If you like walking on a dry, plush, soft carpet, then your moisture barriers could be partly responsible for that. If you like the idea of getting the most life and longevity out of your flooring, then you will need moisture barriers to help that too. And if you have asked questions like why do I need moisture barriers or are they necessary, then remember that dry, soft, comfortable carpet or your still beautiful flooring.

Moisture barriers come in three primary classes according to their ability to prevent or block moisture. The top-rated moisture barriers (Class I) are typically made of materials like rubber, polyethylene sheets, or sheet metal. The next tier of moisture barriers (Class II) uses materials such as plywood and extruded polystyrene. Considered the most permeable moisture barriers (Class III), other options for moisture barriers include materials like gypsum board, lumber, and insulation.

Choosing Moisture Barriers

The type and class of moisture barriers you need will depend on several factors. Concrete basement floors and shower rooms, for example, can benefit from the highest level of moisture barrier protection. Bedrooms or second-floor rooms, however, likely don’t need the same level of moisture protection and second-tier moisture barriers will typically suffice.

From new home builds to remodeling and restoration projects, winterizing can include installing or updating the moisture barriers of your home’s floors. The good news is, you don’t have to have all the answers, and professional contractors like Masing Construction Inc., are here to help.

Masing Construction Inc.

Welcome to Masing Construction Inc. We are a family-owned construction company specializing in home remodeling and renovation. Since 1989, we have built a reputation for being capable of handling even the most complex projects, and our customers always receive a personal touch and second-to-none service. 

A full-service contractor, providing for your needs professionally, on time, and on budget, Masing Construction Inc. is your one-stop remodeling specialist. Contact us if you have any questions or to schedule your free in-home inspection and consultation today.