#1 Home Improvement Retailer

Internet #205920791

Model #902018

Store SKU #1001320880

100 in. x 50 ft. Air Barrier with Smart Vapor Retarder

  • Guards against moisture
  • For use as vapor retarder
  • 100 in. x 50 ft. Air Barrier with Smart Vapor Retarder
  • See More Details

Frequently Bought Together


Product Overview

For extra protection against moisture, the MemBrain Continuous Air Barrier and Smart Vapor Retarder is your weapon of choice. It lets wall cavities dry out, to help prevent mold. In summer, when humidity is high, it increases permeability so that moisture can escape, as air tightness is maintained. In winter, when humidity is low, it continues to block moisture. Use MemBrain with un-faced insulation in place of kraft faced insulation or polyethylene. Not all climate zones require vapor retarders.
  • Unlike traditional vapor retarders, MemBrain helps prevent mold by sensing and adapting permeance to varying humidity throughout the year to keep the wall cavity dry
  • For use with un-faced insulation as a vapor retarder in climate zones where one is required
  • Prevents moisture vapor from entering the wall cavity in the winter
  • Allows any moisture buildup to escape the wall cavity in the summer
  • Installs like poly with an extra level of moisture protection
  • Continuous air barrier and smart vapor retarder
  • Unique, patented product
  • Roll is 100 in. tall and 50 ft. long
  • The right insulation can save on energy and heating and cooling bills. Check out our Buying Guide for helpful tips.

Info & Guides

You will need Adobe® Acrobat® Reader to view PDF documents. Download a free copy from the Adobe Web site.

Compare Similar Insulation Accessories

Top RatedAttic Stair Insulator Tent Cover II 25-1/2 in. x 54 in.Best SellerGarage Door Insulation Kit (8-Pieces)
current product
100 in. x 50 ft. Air Barrier with Smart Vapor Retarder
SoundSafe Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV) 4.5 ft. x 10 ft. Soundproofing Acoustic Barrier Roll
BrandOwens CorningCellofoamCertainTeed MemBrainXtrm Ply
NameAttic Stair Insulator Tent Cover II 25-1/2 in. x 54 in.Garage Door Insulation Kit (8-Pieces)100 in. x 50 ft. Air Barrier with Smart Vapor RetarderSoundSafe Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV) 4.5 ft. x 10 ft. Soundproofing Acoustic Barrier Roll
Insulation Accessory TypeAttic Stair InsulationGarage Door InsulationVapor Barrier InsulationSoundproofing Insulation
Insulation FeaturesFormaldehyde FreePre-CutVapor RetardantFire Resistant
View ProductView ProductView ProductView Product



Product Length (ft.)
Product Thickness (in.)
Product Width (in.)


Insulation Accessory Type
Vapor Barrier Insulation
Insulation Features
Vapor Retardant
Insulation Type
Number of Pieces
Product Weight (lb.)

Warranty / Certifications

Warranty Information

Questions & Answers


What is the best instalion for a cold wall inside my apartment

Asked by Bokes January 22, 2021

This is not a product for your application. Try hanging a carpet or tappistry on the wall to cut down the cold drafts.

Can this product be used on the outside of a foundation wall over top of the tar and under the 2in insulation board?

Asked by Yaya June 23, 2020

Go ahead and use this I would think it will make a noticeable difference. Good luck!

I have faced insulation in my attic but the paper is torn and crumbling in many spots. Can I plac...

Asked by Ann June 9, 2020

I would say no as this is a vapor barrier. Goes to the heated space .under the insulation in attic.

Do you recommend using this product over Kraft insulation?

Asked by Ray January 16, 2020

Used over unfaced Roxul in a seasonal cottage. I would ask Roxul your ?.

Could I use this to enclose a porch - exposed to light and cold? Could I get a year out of it before it degrades?

Asked by Abe October 5, 2019

I dont think so, it will tear easily if it gets a tiny cut or rip.

Can this product be used to cover fiber glass insulation located in rim joists in the basement? ...

Asked by Carlos September 1, 2019

How thick is this plastic in mil rating?

Asked by JonnyG March 7, 2019

certinteed membrain is 2 mil thick and great for use with roxul insulation

I live in Houston, Tx, and am remodeling a master bath with a new tiled shower. For the tiled sho...

Asked by CJGHou March 5, 2019

The CertainTeed smart vapor is more for exterior walls with insulation in them with the need to breath for possible drying of the walls. In a shower you should be water proofing to keep bath/shower water out of the walls. You can put a water barrier like visqueen up first, then hardi backer, thinset the tile then use a waterproof grout like epoxy grouts.

My remodel is taking longer than expected, and I had to pull some Roxul down temporarily due to c...

Asked by Werhat January 28, 2019

It is suppose to breath like Gortex type fabric. That's why I chose it instead of a plain plastic sheeting that can trap moisture in the wall.

how does it attach to metal studs?

Asked by Chris January 22, 2019

Normally the vapor retarder is stapled to wood studs but if you are using metal studs then I would spray the edge of the metal stub with 3M adhesive 77, let it tack up then stick the air barrier to it. The adhesive is in the paint department in a spray can at Home Depot stores.

100 in. x 50 ft. Air Barrier with Smart Vapor Retarder - page 2

Customer Reviews

  • 4.6
    out of 73 reviews
  • 91% recommend this product
Filter by:
Showing 1-10 of 73 reviews
I purchased 3 rolls of this. The membrain itself seems fine, my problem is with the quantity per ...
I purchased 3 rolls of this. The membrain itself seems fine, my problem is with the quantity per roll. This isn't cheap poly. At almost $65 per roll, I expect to get what I paid for. I measured all 3 rolls. One was 49 ft 6 inches, which I suppose is 'close enough'. The second roll was 49 ft 8 inches, but one end was cut so concave that the usable length was only 49 ft. The last roll however, was totally beyond explanation. It was only 40 foot long. That is a full 20 percent short of its stated length. Like I started out with, this stuff isn't cheap, so I don't think it is too much to ask to receive what is listed, and all 3 were short, one unacceptably short. I have tried to contact CertainTeed about it, but they won' respond. All 3 boxes were factory sealed, so I know the problem happened at the factory. The picture shows how the piece on the wall that should have reached the corner came up almost 10 feet short.
by gp
8 people found this helpful
Fairly easy to install; obscure directions
The wrap unrolls fairly easily, and cuts with a single-edge razor blade through all four layers very easily. Although the instructions indicate that it can be used only for interior use, I had a need for it on the protected side of the edge of the garage where the sewer pipe comes out: Between the landscaper's work around the area and recent storm activity, the vinyl siding along that edge had blown off and was damaged beyond functional and aesthetic use. I also needed to replace the foam insulation panel between the garage wall and the siding, so, given that rain rarely hits that edge (there's an overhang), I decided it was worth the little extra effort to protect the middle surface. After installing the foam panel (in hindsight, I could have installed the wrap between the garage wall and foam panel!), I overlapped two pieces of the wrap, that I cut to size, over it. The instructions state that staples should be spread 12-24" apart, presumably to reduce the number of holes that penetrate it, and, thus, keep it functioning to prevent mold. However, the small area made that impossible, so, I stapled every 6" to keep it upright. The 2 mm thickness kept the sheet relatively in place, though it tended to flop over itself as I was stapling and trying to keep a smooth, wrinkle-free, layering. It took all of 5 minutes to do this small area, and I am very satisfied that it will protect much better against the elements than if I had left it alone. Before getting this product, I was going to use winter window insulating wrap, which is only a little thicker than food-style plastic wrap, and is made of petroleum product, rather than nylon, as this wrap is. As for value, it may seem expensive, but, it covers a lot of area, which, if it is exposed to a high humidity, will probably pay for itself in preventing mold, mildew, dirt, etc. As such, I believe it is worth the expense, and fairly easy for a do-it-yourselfer, though, if you are going to do entire walls, you should have at least one other person to help hold up one end, as I will, when I have to replace the shower, which is a few months off (plenty of wrap left!). I would also point out that the single-page instructions are very obscure, and I had to guess at what they were talking about (for one thing, it doesn't say whether the logo side should be facing out, up, or whatever; perhaps it doesn't make a difference, as it would with similar wraps, but, I erred on the logo-side-out-and-right-side-up side!).
by skaizun
Looks to be a great product.
Our kitchen/bathroom remodeling project has progressed, ceiling and rebuilt 2 exterior walls are insulated and now we used over insulation this vapor barrier (pic.1) . Installing drywall will be next step. Just before we started using this product I found from product info that this vapor barrier is laid over unfaced insulation. Too late for us, because we have used faced insulation (surplus from previous improvements stage). We laid this vapor barrier over it anyhow and I hope, it will work well. Other use I found for placing this membrane as a vapor barrier for framing of shower stall to protect wooden studs under the cement board (pic 2) (waterproofed with red waterproofing from inside of shower stall). We were two people handling this membrane so that installing went very easy. It's a light material which gets stapled to studs and with little care while working with it, it does not tear easily. Inside the boxed wrap are very detailed instructions (pic.3) (English & Spanish) with pictures, advising how to work with membrane, how to cut it over larger openings and electrical boxes (pic. 4 & 5). I hope product will work well for us at least during seasonal very humid weather.
by MECzech
1 person found this helpful
Not for exterior side of walls!
I obtained this product to use on a project to replace some exterior rotten wooden cladding. The wood had rotted out and my plan was to pull off the rotten wood and replace it with new cladding. The box states that this product prevents moisture vapor from entering the wall cavity in winter and allows vapor to escape the cavity in the summer. It goes on to say how the home can be protected from harmful moisture in the walls by installing in basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms and exterior walls. OK sounds good, and I imagined that it is a similar product to the wraps one sees installed to provide a vapor barrier. Inside the box on the instruction sheet, we learn however that this product has to be installed on the inside side of the wall cavity, i.e. on the drywall side rather than on the cladding side. In that case, how could it possibly prevent outside moisture from entering the cavity??? Outside moisture gets to the cavity before encountering the product! The instructions inside the box state that it is not suitable for use as an exterior vapor retarder. That piece of information is nowhere to be found on the outside of the box. I decided to go ahead with the installation anyway as this is what I had. There was already a layer of Tyvek underneath the rotten cladding anyway so I decided to simply install the MemBrain over that and in the correct orientation. This review should thus be read with 2 facts in mind: a) it is supposed to be installed under the drywall and not the cladding b) I have no way to tell how effectively it works, which would take some years of controlled testing. The instructions give good clear information on how to roll it out and hang the product on the studs and sill (inside the building). The plastic sheeting is transparent and has the product name printed on it so that one can tell which side should face outwards. It is folded so that the top edge can be stapled along the top of the wall and then unfolded down into the room. In reality of course it will unfold as one goes to staple it along the top of the wall. In my case, the wall consisted of pink insulation between studs, sheathing, Tyvek and shiplap boards. I removed the wooden shiplap and then installed the Membrane plus ½” foam insulation and the T1-11 siding. The MemBrain was easy to cut and staple in place. The outside of the box (and also the website) includes two diagrams of how the product prevents moisture coming in during the summer during high humidity, and keeps it in, in the winter. The diagram makes absolutely no sense at all though because water vapor (represented by blue arrows) is shown in both cases to be coming into the house! I think the arrows in the ‘summer’ diagram should be reversed 180° to indicate that moisture can get out, but not in. See pictures provided. Rather disconcerting.
by Dale
Response from THD customer supportOct 20, 2015
Dear Valued Home Depot Customer, We reached out to MFG for more information and below is their response. “Thank you for your detailed feedback. It is correct that MemBrain is intended to be installed in the interior of the home. Let us explain how MemBrain works so that you better understand the diagram on the box and information contained on this website. MemBrain works like traditional vapor retarders in the way that it keeps moisture from entering the wall cavity in the winter when moisture drives from interior to exterior. However, MemBrain stands apart and helps protect your walls better than traditional vapor barriers. In the summer, the sun actually drives moisture from the humid exterior through to the interior. If you have a traditional vapor retarder installed, this moisture would meet, condense, and be trapped within the wall and potentially cause harmful mold and rot. MemBrain intelligently senses this change in humidity and opens up to allow that moisture to escape into the interior space where the air is conditioned and moisture will be removed by your HVAC system. This keeps your walls dry year round. For more information, please call our customer service group at 800-782-8777." Thanks, The Home Depot User Generated Content Team
4 people found this helpful
Home depot is full of sht...
Home depot is full of sht
by HomeDepotCustomer
It made a significant impact on our closet in our...
It made a significant impact on our closet in our front room! Now to tackle the rest of the front room.
Easy installation good product...
Easy installation good product
This product was so easy to custom cut and install....
This product was so easy to custom cut and install.
There is a “tab” left at the top of the roll which makes it easy to staple on as it gets rolled o...
There is a “tab” left at the top of the roll which makes it easy to staple on as it gets rolled out against the walls. This makes it quick and easy to install.
by Jim
Best on the market! My go to vapor retarder!
Best on the market! My go to vapor retarder!
by Doityourself
Showing 1-10 of 73 reviews