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What are the best windows for replacement in a basement?

...best option for window replacement in a basement?

Posted by Chrystele Chevallier-g May 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Windows and doors 0 Responses

What is the best exterior Wall and Roof Rigid Insulation for a barn renovation?

Building a 24 X 50 Post and Beam barn. Thinking of applying 2 layers of 4 " (8" total) of rigid insulaton, offset seams on top of 1 X 8 sheathing. Seams of top...

Posted by Ron Busch June 27, 2020, 3:50 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate exterior of older home?

...best to install a vapour open exterior insulation so you don’t trap moisture inside the walls, which is why we most often recommend installing some sort of Mine...

Posted by Geoff Kavanagh June 30, 2020, 4:01 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace and install radiant floor heat?

...best was to seal the complete cottage foot print when there is not enough room to get under the building? How would moisture affect this area and how would be t...

Posted by Todd hall June 28, 2020, 8:36 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

I have been researching methods and best practices for insulating metal structures for four season use, esp. the likes of vehicles & campers, realizing that th...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best insulation Under 2" Cement flat Roof in NYC?

...best insulation Under 2" Cement slab Roof for energy efficiency and water leaks? Maybe 2 layers? The base for the roof will be Metal beams. Thanks, Rafael, Br...

Posted by Rafael Mor March 29, 2019, 5:19 a.m. Roof assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...best choice? Do you suggest electric wires or tubes with glycol? Is there a difference in cost for install or running it? Good question, but a tough one, so I’l...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...best approach for exterior insulation on the walls during renovation, any advice on technique, materials or cost comparisons? There are a variety of products an...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

...best way for us to finish and insulate our basement so it's easy to heat and doesn't get mold problems in the future? We're thinking of doing this job ourselves...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What's the best detector & alarm for a back flow valve that has been installed by the utility?

...best detector to fit? Hey there Tom, we have an article on one of our favorite backwater valves here , but this is really a full system - so if you wish to inst...

Posted by Tom Poe March 27, 2020, 6:38 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...best when insulating the cripple wall and rim joists? Of the methods you list, myself I would go with the rigid EPS and see if you can make it continuous with t...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

...Best Wood Types for Framing Homes? CLS wood is an acronym for Canadian Lumber Standard , and it is manufactured using Kiln-dried fir, Pine or Spruce, dependin...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...best surfaces to collect and store heat. But the energy gains are not nearly significant enough to be worth living on a floor that you just don’t like. You may ...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

...best way for you, we just need a bit more info - Where are you located? (City or climate zone) Is your crawlspace humid? (A hydrometer is cheap to buy and...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

I have an unfinished walkout basement with 3 sides at or below grade. The two sides of the house have poured concrete step foundation down toward the rear with...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 0 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

I contacted several concrete polishers and they each told me something different. Some say use epoxy, some say don’t, I've even had some people suggest wax or ...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best solar water heating system?

I live in NM where the temperature gets below freezing in winter and around 100 degrees in summer. In my small mechanical room I have a propane boiler and an i...

Posted by Geri Rhodes July 6, 2018, 3:35 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 2 Responses

What kind of insulation do you recommend to put on my exterior sheet rock wall?

We live in San Jose California. Our house is 50 years old and I would like to add insulation to the outside of our stucco siding (concrete like material, about...

Posted by Uwe Thomas May 22, 2020, 10 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 0 Responses