Vapor Barrier


Old 08-17-02, 06:57 PM
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Vapor Barrier

I am having a home built in Colorado. The builder did not install the kitchen backsplash tile properly and it had to be replaced. In the process of ripping down the drywall there are huge tears in the vapor barrier. These tears were not fixed before the new drywall went up. The builder is now telling me that the tile itself will be enough of a barrier and they are not willing to fix the damage. The new tile is scheduled to be installed in a few days. I am scheduled to close in two weeks. The insulation that was used was blown Cellulose. Is the tile itself an adequate vapor barrier? Are they violating any building codes?
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Old 08-18-02, 11:35 AM
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You can go to and it explains vapor barriers. The sections you wish to read are "Perms and Air Barriers."

As far as it violating building code, I doubt it. In most cases, cellulose is installed without a vapor barrier. It is only prudent you check with your local building inspector.

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