Preparing Your Space for Proper Climate Control.

To properly control temperature and humidity, your wine cellar must be insulated and sealed with a vapor barrier. Eco-friendly spray-foam, professionally applied, is a recommended alternative for insulation and vapor barrier.

Walls:

- Construct the cellar walls with 2"x 4" framing.
- Use R-13 faced insulation, plus a layer of ¾" high-grade foil-faced insulation board such as Celo-Tex or High-R.
- Put foam board on the side of the walls away from the wine and insulation face toward the wine.
- Tape seams of the foam board with foil tape; the edges are caulked to make the whole unit hermetically sealed (foil-faced insulation board in this case acts as the vapor barrier).
- Floor grouted or finished tight to the walls.
- Make sure walls are painted to the floor.

Wall Material:

Finished wall material inside the wine cellar can be m-r gypsum board, stucco, or a damp resistance wood such as cedar or redwood. It should be finished tight to the floor.

Framing insulation:

An alternative framing-insulation pattern is to use 2"x 6" framing members, 6" of fiberglass batt insulation, and 4 mill plastic vapor barrier on the outside of the wine cellar. Caulk the plastic tight to the perimeter of the walls with Phenoseal latex adhesive.

Ceiling:

If the ceiling has existing joists, cut strips of 4-mil plastic and staple it between the joists. Eight inches of fiberglass is the minimum required insulation on the ceiling.

Doors:

Doors are exterior type with a good weather seal and caulked tight to the floor, jambs, and header. Floors: Install a vapor barrier under the floor; for concrete floors, treat with a water sealant.

Lights:

Whenever possible, use surface-mounted lights and avoid recessed lights that will compromise the insulation and vapor barrier.

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