Is Visqueen Right For Your Project?

visqueen sheetingIs Visqueen Right For Your Project?

visqueen sheeting has become the generic name for plastic sheeting, just as Kleenex has become the generic name for tissue. When someone asks for Visqueen, they are referring to a lesser grade of plastic sheeting. The plastic sheeting known as Visqueen has become a generic name for Construction and Agricultural Grade Polyethylene sheeting (C&A film)? Did you know that Visqueen is actually a company in the UK? C&A film contains up to 25% post consumer recycled content, and is made from the least expensive resins available at any given time. While it is excellent for use in many projects, we do not feel it is ideal for any use that requires sustained strength such as a tarp or for use as a vapor/moisture barrier or retarder. Our choice is to recommend engineered films that are designed for this purpose, to block as much of the moisture, radon, methane and VOC's as possible. On a microscopic level, the cell structure of the plastic films/liners varies. For liners that are going to be used to block deadly gases such as Radon, you want to insure that you get a liner that has a tight cell structure.

The engineered films are designed to last forever buried in the soil, where C&A film often completely breaks down within a couple of years. Have you ever dug up some old black plastic? Remember how torn and crusty it was?

It's important that today's vapor/moisture barriers or retarders should pass the ASTM E1745 Class A, B and C (standard for underslab vapor retarders in contact with soil or granular fill), especially since most homeowner's insurance coverage for mold is very limited today. Builders are experiencing a much higher level of mold related repair costs and lawsuits since the time when most insurance companies changed their mold coverage to active leaks only.

Ask yourself how long the plastic needs to last. Does it need to hold up in the sun, high winds, or snow? Does is need to be fire retardant? Do you want string (Scrim) reinforced or not and why? How thick should the film be for your job? Do you want it to be padded, or self-adhesive? Is it going to be used in a high heat or humidity climate?
Learn about your choices for your job, and make an informed choice.

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