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Vapor Barriers: Taping or Staking?

By Chuck Henrichsen on June 24, 2016

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With the ability to prevent moisture, deter pests and rodents, and keep your air quality pure, the importance of a good vapor barrier installation should not be taken lightly. But when installing a vapor barrier, you’ll want to take a look at the different types of techniques for installation: taping and staking.

If you’re new to the world of vapor barriers, we’re here to be your educators in the different techniques. Here’s what you need to know about both taping and staking tactics for a secure, effective vapor barrier.

Using Tape for your Vapor Barrier

Taping is a very secure form of vapor barrier installation. The core tenet of taping vapor barrier installation is using a form of water-resistant tape to secure the vapor barrier in your crawl space or attic.

The benefits of this type of vapor barrier installation mostly relate to its better insulation for moisture. When using taping, you will be able to keep the vapor barrier much more secure and therefore keep any and all moisture out.

Using taping for the vapor barrier in your crawl space or attic is generally more expensive than using staking. What’s more, is that taping will usually require replacement much sooner than the staking method. Though the tape is very strong, if exposed to consistent moisture, the stickiness can gradually decrease, warranting replacement taping installations.

We recommend taping for your vapor barrier installation if your home is highly prone to moisture, as it will be much more reliable in halting any growth of mold, mildew, and keeping your air quality at peak levels.

Using Staking for your Vapor Barrier

Staking, unlike taping, can last up to an entire lifetime of a home if the crawl space does not experience any pest damage, flooding, or other problems. Our crawl space cleaning crews perform the staking method to secure a vapor barrier for most homeowners, unless otherwise requested. When someone from our crew meets with a homeowner, they can discuss the vapor barrier options to see which solution is best for your home.

The benefits of using staking for vapor barrier installations are summed up in that it is a much more cost-effective method of vapor barrier installation, and it won’t need to be replaced as frequently as taping installations.

However, staking is not quite as effective at keeping moisture out of your crawl space as taping is. Taping your vapor barrier is better at keeping moisture out due to the complete seal it offers; installing stakes still leaves some gaps where moisture can seep through.

Staking is a great choice for your vapor barrier installation if you don’t have any special concerns for keeping moisture out, and are looking for a cost-effective solution that won’t need to be replaced anytime soon.

Contact Clean Crawls Today

Just like all crawl space insulation installations, vapor barrier installation depends on the home. If you’re looking to keep moisture out for good, having a vapor barrier that suits your home’s needs will be imperative. An effective crawl space vapor barrier will allow you to rest easy with the knowledge that your home investment is safe. Contact our Clean Crawls team to learn more about your options for vapor barriers or to get a free quote.


Chuck Henrichsen
President and CEO of Clean Crawls, Treasurer of E3 World Wide, proud husband and father.

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