The insulation itself should provide a vapor barrier. Various additives can be used with the shotcrete to improve its permeable properties, such as silica fume or a commercial waterproofing additive. It is also not uncommon to use a plaster coat over the shotcrete to provide improved water resistance and an architectural finish. The density and uniformity of the shotcrete can be influenced by the competency of the shotcrete applicator. It is always advisable to engage a competent and experienced shotcrete contractor to ensure the best possible results. You can search for a contractor with certified shotcrete nozzlemen from our Buyers Guide at or submit a bid request through our Online Bid Submittal Tool at