encapsulated crawl space

Benefits of Encapsulated Crawl Space

There are many types of foundations: basements, crawl space, high crawl space, encapsulated crawl space, and slabs. Each has its own benefits, and the type of foundation your home has may depend heavily on the lay of your land. If your land has a heavy slope, you’ll best benefit from a basement, which will give you extra living or storage space. If you have some slop, but not enough for a basement, you can have a high crawl space that can act as storage for outdoor supplies or produce. If you have little to no slope, a regular crawl space or a slab will be best for your home. If your home is being built on a crawl space, or if you already have one, it’s important to consider the best ways to keep your crawl space moisture and pest free, and the best way to do this is by having an encapsulated crawl space.

What is an Encapsulated Crawl Space?

An encapsulated crawl space is one with a vapor barrier covering all ground space, even sometimes covering walls and other spaces of the crawl. All seams are sealed and waterproofed, and this protects the crawl space from allowing mold into the floor system and pests into the home.

Benefits of Encapsulated Crawl Space

The benefits of an encapsulated crawl space far outweigh its cost. An insulated encapsulated crawl space saves a lot of money on the back end through further insulating your home against extreme outdoor temperatures and humidity, sealing the crawl space against harmful mold-causing moisture, and conditioning the air with a dehumidifier, a fan, or even a vent from the main AC unit. This stabilization of the crawl space affects the entire home, as it rests just below the floor system and can contribute to the overall climate of the home. Stabilizing the area stabilizes the entire home, and provides a safe, climate-controlled space for storage.

If you have a crawl space, consider calling your local expert and having your crawl space encapsulated. It won’t only save you more money on the back end than it costs up front, but it will also contribute to climate-controlled storage space, allowing you extra square footage to store things like outdoor supplies (lawn mower, garden tools, etc.) and seasonal decorations or outdoor toys.