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What are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

...adding exterior wall insulation to a home have been very helpful. But in searching I have not found much related to adding exterior insulation to the roof. Our ...

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

What is the best way to frame window openings when adding exterior insulation?

Building a new home (2x6); want to add 2-4" of rockwool on the outside; would like my windows to sit in the outside 1/3 of the frame; most of the windows are s...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten May 30, 2019, 8:16 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Is there any risk to a concrete foundation from adding interior insulation?

An insulation contractor toured my 100-year old house near Toronto and told me that they wouldn't recommend installing any insulation in the basement because i...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 9 Responses

How can we clear up green pool water after adding bog plants and lillies?

...adding bog plants It was clear prior to their installation. We have this page on our site about How to Install Natural Swimming Pools and Ponds, but we don't do...

Posted by Mercedes McCloughan June 15, 2020, 1:28 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

...adding Rockwool. Unfortunately, due to some areas, like stairs and a laundry room which I’m not planning to demo, I’m unable to continuously insulate using EPS....

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

What is the best way to do a cottage reno adding an insulation blanket?

...adding a rain screen, I assume insulated vinyl siding would be of limited insulation benefit...correct? Thanks, any input would be appreciated. Bart Dependi...

Posted by Barton Rowe Feb. 28, 2021, 1:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

Should I put insulation on the exterior of a brick house?

...adding 1" of rigid EPS or GPS insulation under the cladding. I'm trying to decide if this is a good idea and if the pros outweighs the cons. For instance, add...

Posted by Andrew T Oct. 3, 2021, 7:03 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you insulate an attic in Victorian House in Massachusetts?

...adding the vents would be ok. But another recommended against adding 4 vents and suggested I use closed cell spray foam to the underside of the roof. But I ha...

Posted by dan sagalyn Dec. 5, 2020, 11:30 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

Do I need a vapour barrier in Ontario?

...adding house wrap and insulation and siding on exterior soon. Do I need a vapour barrier on the interior warm side if I'm using house warp on outside? Will a go...

Posted by Gordon Harold April 22, 2021, 9:28 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...adding insulation and recladding the exterior. Is this the best way to go? What kind of products should we be considering. Pros and cons? We live in Chicago are...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

...adding an addition this summer with normal height ceilings and a new stairwell to the basement. Should I arrange for a ceiling fan in the older part with high c...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

How do I close the gap from the exterior cladding overhang to the foundation?

...adding and adding a further 100mm of insulation and installing new timber cladding on the outside, All around the base of the house is stone so the cladding wou...

Posted by derek hill April 2, 2021, 1:05 p.m. Exterior cladding 0 Responses

Can you add a screen/sun room and deck to a slab on grade?

...adding a deck to slab on grade building, does it have to ve floating and detached from the building? Thanks! Yes, you can build a slab on grade with a radiant h...

Posted by Pierre Contant July 1, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How do you re-do the insulation on a old cabin from the outside?

...adding fiberglass mats, finishing with Tyvek, furring and wooden exterior. Usually the vapor barrier is installed on the INSIDE of the studs, not on the outside...

Posted by Raphael Couture Sept. 14, 2020, 8 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...adding 12" deep Larsen trusses with dense packed cellulose. The guides I've see in Fine HomeBuiding magazine suuggest the best route is apply poly barrier on th...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Is there an update on your demo house solar air heater?

...adding the solar air collector and additional cost for added piping and installation of the adapted Legalett heating system cost effective? Would the added cost...

Posted by dean c Oct. 24, 2020, 2 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Should you insulate an A-frame cottage with cathedral ceiling from the exterior or interior?

...adding our interior walls of new tongue and groove. However is there a way we could keep the interior as it is, and insulate on the outside? We then have to fig...

Posted by J Genereaux Oct. 26, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What are your thoughts about incorporating natural ventilation techniques into the heating/cooling/ventilation design of a house?

...adding ventilation passages between floors for air movement? Where to place vents for air circulation between rooms to take advantage of cross currents and the ...

Posted by dean c Jan. 18, 2020, 3:51 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses