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I just bought a new home and I would like to board and batten a very ugly shed that is on the property. It's a large shed with a concrete floor that I plan to use as a work shop. It will have a wood stove in it for heat. Should I wrap the outside of the building before installing the B&B? There is currently that old ugly gray shingle stuff on it. If I wrap the outside do I also vapor barrier the inside?

  • Where are you on this planet? – ThreePhaseEel Oct 30 '17 at 11:46
  • for some unknown reason I just started getting these replies to my inbox. I live in Canada. North Eastern Ontario to be exact. It was -31 here last night. I ended up wrapping it with Tyvek...attaching furring strips and then the board and batten. Have not started the inside yet. I have rock wool for insulation but should I vapor barrier over that? – Susan Gibson Jan 22 at 10:33
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It would always be a good idea to wrap the outside of the place before the B&B is installed. Ditto for the inside. I hope you plan to insulate the walls as well if not already done. Good Luck

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Yes I would install a new MOISTURE BARRIER before installing the board and batt. (We Install moisture barriers because we know the siding will leak due to rain storms, wind, etc.)

If you live in a cold climate in winters, I’d use a VAPOR BARRIER on the batt insulation but don’t install plastic sheeting on the walls.

We’ve learned that vapor will past the plastic sheeting (around outlets, joints at floor and ceiling, etc.) and turn to moisture. However, it will not be able to “escape” out of the stud space and go back into the house when temperatures reverse. (I’d just provide a coat of paint with a good perm rating. )

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I think on an old shed with a wood stove I'd worry mostly about not getting any water trapped and rotting things. I'd probably go with a double layer of asphalt / tar paper on top of the old sheathing, I just trust it over the plastic or Tyvek wraps.

I'd consider screwing the board and batten right to the sheathing, but probably prefer to attach it to horizontal furring strips. With furring strips you could use foam board between the furring strips for insulation if you need it, but even without the foam, the dead space should provide some additional insulation and a rain screen.

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Tyvek is NOT a vapor barrier, it is meant to resist water penetration but still breath. It is designed prevent most outside rain and such to sheet off, but to still allow any water vapor trapped behind it to pass into the outside air so it doesn't condense behind it (i.e. inside your walls).

A vapor barrier (e.g. plastic sheeting) should always be placed on the warm side of the insulation. In your case over the rock wool insulation. It is meant to prevent the water vapor in the inside of the warm building from penetrating through to the insulation.

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