If you want to build a wine storage system at your home, there are a lot of things you need to arrange. Generally, popular wine storage design is difficult to be set up. However, implementing some external conditions can make the process easier. The most important among these is creating insulation and vapor barrier which most ordinary houses lack. Let’s have a look at a perfect insulation and vapor barrier design.
Steps of vapor barrier
There are two steps in the vapor barring method commonly used for a wine cellar construction– vapor barrier with spray foam and insulation with fiberglass batts. Usually, spray foam is very expensive. However, it prevents the possibility of a puncture mark in the system. Others are also good options, but many designers prefer spray foam as the foam expands over every gap and fill them in creating a tight seal. No matter whichever method you use, it is unwise to leave air-gap between the wall and the insulation.
How to start
You need to decide whether you are going to invest and use foam or you will go for the other vapor barring method. After the vapor barrier is taken care of, you need to wrap the ceiling joints. You must follow the local code of your area in order to decide whether the vapor barriers are to be installed on the warmer side of the cellar or the reverse. In such cases, experts recommend the use of foam.
Wrapping and filling the excess
When you are using vapor barriers, leave the excess amount in the corners of the cellar so that it becomes easier for you to wrap it. This helps in a seamless construction. Now, the holes, which are created during the construction, should be filled in with penetration sealant. This reduces the air movement also.
After the installation of the vapor barrier, the insulation process begins. The most used material in the insulation process is fiberglass batts. In custom wine cellars, if the cavity in the wall is 2X4, you can use fiberglass for an R-13 insulation value. For a 2X6 case, however, it provides you with the R-19 insulation value. It is important to stuff up all the cavities with insulation so that no air filled gap remains in the wine cellar.
The best wine storage design should have the tightest vapor barrier and insulation design. Insulating and vapor barring is extremely important to protect the quality of the wine.