Temporary cover for basement insulation
I recently bought a home in Wisconsin with a partially finished basement. That is, the walls are studded out about 1″ from the concrete and there are bats of fiberglass insulation between the studs. I’m not planning to finish the basement in the next year or two, and was wondering what a good temporary cover could be to put on the walls that I could do pretty quickly so that I could use the space as a workshop and gym. The perimeter is about 120′ with ~8′ tall ceilings, so I’m definitely looking for a material on the cheaper side. Initially, I had planned to put up plastic, but after a little reading that sounds destructive due to keeping vapor from passing through. A couple options I’ve thought of are house wrap, or a thick breathable contractor’s paper. Any recommendations?
More info on the basement:
From the paperwork, it appears to be insulated from the exterior with a layer of foam insulation, a waterproof layer, then the foundation itself. The basement appears to be quite dry and has shown no signs of leaking even in a couple heavy rainstorms lasting several days. The studded walls with bats sounds like a regrettable setup after reading the guides here and elsewhere, so I’m not sure what I’ll eventually do for finishing it, but I’m okay with figuring that out at a later date when I have more bandwidth.
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