Category: Plasti-Fab

The Importance of a Vapor Barrier for Below-Grade Insulation Applications

Moisture moves all the time. Whether you are in an older home that you are remodeling, or building a brand new home from scratch, moisture management needs to be on your checklist of “Things to Do.” In the “Rules of Building Performance” from Construction Instruction, Rule #2 is that moisture moves from warm to cold, followed by Rule #3, that moisture moves from more to less. The concept to remember here is that moisture is always moving.

Thankfully, the solution to this is known as a vapor barrier. Vapor barriers keep moisture away from the building material you are trying to keep dry.  Building materials are going to wick moisture, some more than others, but all will to some extent. By keeping your building materials dry, you prolong their life and maintain the efficiency of the task you installed them to do. While Plasti-Fab EPS is a closed cell insulation, a vapor barrier is still recommended based on local building codes to protect it from the elements. Let’s look at a few installation examples using Plasti-Fab’s EPS Insulation. 

Radiant Floor Heating using PlastiSpan® HD Insulation

In our previous posts this month, we have covered using rigid foam insulation for under slab and exterior foundations. Now, imagine walking on a concrete, tile, or laminate covered floor without socks, and feeling comfortable and warm. This is a big benefit of having…

The Dirt on Under slab and Perimeter Insulation Part 2

In our last post we discussed the importance of insulating the perimeter of your foundation. Today, we will be talking about the insulation under your slab and why it is just as important as the rest of the building to complete the thermal envelope….

How to Insulate your Home with Exterior Sheathing from Plasti-Fab

It’s that season where all those outdoor home and garden projects are underway or they are in your plans to be completed sooner than later. If one of those items on your list is better insulating your home; let’s talk exterior sheathing, which is now commonly…

Plasti-Fab’s Exterior Sheathing Insulation – Keeping You Cool When Temperatures Soar

Follow us on Twitter;  @plastifab It’s June, and depending on your climate, you are probably experiencing the joys of summer, including temperatures that can really put a strain on the air conditioner.   We are all trying to find the best way to keep our…

Who Uses Exterior Insulating Sheathing & Why is it Important?

The correct answer is, people who are looking to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and save on energy costs, and truly, who DOESN’T want that? People are continually looking at different ways to increase their energy efficiency and decrease their energy costs….

Plasti-Fab EPS Product Solutions Commercial Construction Series Wrap Up

For those of you who have been following along with our blog series, you know that we have covered insulation solutions and insulated building components for Commercial Construction. The end result provides a fully insulated, high performing, energy efficient commercial structure. Not only is…