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Vapor Barrier - Hot & Cold Climate???

Posted by Tim in WI on January 28th, 2003 09:48 PM

I'm finishing my basement with 2x4 walls 1/2 to 1 inch away from the poured concrete exterior walls. I will instulate between studs. In a cold climate, it seems clear that a vapor barrier on the inside(warm side) of the wall is recommended. However, living in Wisconsin, our winters get very cold, and our summers get very hot.

Will the vapor barrier that helps control moisture in the winter cause problems in the summer?

Would it be better to not use any vapor barrier?

A large portion of my basement is also half poured concrete and half wood framed. I have heard locally that a vapor barrier shouldn't be applied where the exterior wall is concrete. Does it make a difference if the exterior wall is concrete or wood frame?

Thank you.


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